As our company grew, so did the size of our staff. Each new person who joined the company brought a fresh energy and perspective. One day, we talked about going on a company outing. Where to go? Toni suggested the Trophy Museum, aka The Stuffed Animal Museum. The Museum was a special room filled with animals from North American, Africa and the Middle East, all collected by my husband's grandfather in the 50's and 60's.
So off we went, to visit the Trophy Museum and then have dinner.
Me and Jami posing in front of some of the smaller trophies. Jami worked at Botanical PaperWorks for many years eventually gaining experience in every department except papermaking!
Joanna kissing a mountain goat. Nowadays, Joanna is the owner and design of Jix Design, gorgeous jewelry made with sterling silver and semiprecious stones.
Miriam hamming it up with a tiger. Miriam was a vegetarian, so I think the whole animal museum thing was a bit disturbing.
Toni posing with a giraffe.
After the tour of the museum, we went to La Fiesta Cafecito for dinner. It was a good time and made working together at Botanical PaperWorks fun.
We've had other great parties - the house tour when we piled into a bunch of cars and visited each others' homes; the potluck where Monique's daughter did thematic table decor; the junk food potluck where people only brought junk food (the staff was pretty sick after a whole lunch of chips and candy!). Thank you to every person who's ever been part of Botanical PaperWorks. It's been my privilege to work (and laugh) with you!
The next installment is called Part 11 of starting a paper company - Getting messy in Brooklyn where we tackle cooked fibers and Japanese-style papermaking. It's messy, it's frustrating but the results are gorgeous.
Just joining us? Catch up by starting with Part 1: "Maybe we could make a business out of this" or How I Became An Entrepreneur
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