Of course, in the struggle to build a viable business, there are always bumps in the road along the way. In our first year of operations, we faced unforeseen hardships - funds were dwindling, and we were forced to cut back from a staff of 20 to just 3 full-time employees. Around this time, Terri Chong joined us as a photographer. Terri worked tirelessly to help ensure the company’s survival, steadily expanding her role to encompass all creative, technology and warehouse operations. Times were tough, but thanks to the guidance of Tom and Terri, we managed to turn the business around, becoming profitable for the first time in July 2016. From this experience, we decided to focus on building a business for the long haul. We’re still growing, but what’s important to us hasn’t changed. Along with sustainability, supporting creativity and the artist community are extremely important to us. Today, our assortment has grown from a collection of Tom’s trade show finds to a plethora of products handpicked by a buying team, who scours the web for the latest in creative design, and just like In our early days, hit the road to bring back treasures from all over the world.