Trade Show Time Again

For many years now we’ve been doing the Calgary Home & Garden Show and this year is no exception.  This time though, this time we’ve given ourselves a make-over and let me tell you, Booth 382 is looking might-fine!

2017_6We’re displaying a couple of new products too.  There’s a really great cross-over awning that gives you all kinds of projection over narrow widths as well as a new line of retractable window screens that we really like.  I think you’ll like them too.

This year’s fabrics are truly beautiful and the upholstery fabrics are out of this world!  We’ve brought some in for display and the colours/patterns are truly inspiring. You’ll be redesigning the patio in no time.

Here’s the real incentive.  This is our 130th year in business (can you believe that?) so we’ve got some smokin’ deals at the show this year.

Come on down and say HI!

 

 

New Year, New Beginnings

2016 seems to have been a glitch year for many. Whether or not it was actually as bad as Twitter would have us believe is probably up to you. Around here, things seemed to go pretty well. In fact, it was so busy, I seem to have neglected to post a single, solitary blog. Heh heh. Heh. Hmmm.

Well, the past is the past, and hey!  It’s New Year’s!  Time to turn our collective backs on 2016 and look forward to what 2017 might have to offer.

If we consider this Week 1 – our big news is the completion of the Calgary Stampede Promotion Committee’s Batter Boys Wagon Cover. This is a pretty cool rig that they’ve got. Essentially, they’ve converted a trailer into a mobile pancake-making machine.

Now, if you haven’t been to Calgary, you might not know that for 10 days each year, people line up in droves to eat pancakes. It’s kind of our thing (a thing related to other things – you’ll have to show up to really get it). It’s what makes this wagon so cool!  They hook it up to a truck, haul it to the Breakfast location, and BOOM – pancakes!

I’ll do the big reveal on the next post so stay tuned to see what it looks like under the shiny red cover!

 

Pop Up Tent Tuesday – The Blooper Reel

Over the last few months I’ve been striving to get our digital marketing up to speed.  This means that we’re updating our website, revamping our social media pages, blogging here and there (shout out to all you readers – woot woot!) and getting our photo galleries in tip top shape.  Of course, things don’t always go as planned.  Sometimes we operate with style and grace.  Sometimes we don’t.

Yesterday, our summer student and highly talented admin, Beth, and I decided that we needed some great new photographs & video of our pop up tents for the website.  Since the set up and take down of these tents is something she and I don’t often do, we thought we’d take a practice crack at it – just so we looked smooth in the video.

It was a beautiful, hot day Monday so we put on our shades, grabbed our water bottles, and strolled that tent out onto the lawn.  It wasn’t long before we had the tent set up and had outlined a plan for the photo shoot.  Just a couple of highly efficient gals soaking up the sun while doing business.  Nice.

And then the sprinklers came on.

The sprinkling menace.

The sprinkling menace.

Now we’re not talking about gentle residential lawn sprinklers.  No, we’re talking about pistol-strength weapons of watering destruction.  And fast?!?  Those little guys finish a circle in a matter of 2-3 seconds.

Think wet.  Really wet.

Think wet. Really wet.

It took us much longer to get the tent off the lawn than we would have liked.  There may have been some squealing, and there certainly was a lot of laughter.  But don’t kids spend their summer holidays doing this very thing?  Sure, they’re not wearing business casual but we can’t get stuck in the details.

If there’s a moral to this story then it’s probably that we need to enjoy the ride – take it as it comes – live a little – any or all of those things.

So if you can’t find me at 3:00, look outside.  I’ll be the one running amok on the lawn, jumping over sprinklers, getting my therapy and having fun in the sun.

This just in – Gold is back!

I’ll be the first to admit that fashion trends don’t often catch my attention.  Like many of you, my job, family, friends, and household take up much of my time.  But little-by-little I’ve been noticing something in my periphery.  I think it started gradually.  Now it seems like it’s everywhere.  What is it?  Gold.

When did gold fabrics come back into style?

I’m a child of the 70’s so I’ve seen gold work its magic before.  Glittery lamé and faux gold finishes shone through the disco era, and eventually faded away, until now.

Sunbrella, one of our most popular outdoor woven fabrics, has brought in some really incredible golds.  In fact, if you ask for the Gold Colour Family on their shade site, there are at least 20 different colours that come up, more if you add in upholstery fabrics.  Here are some samples:

Sunbrella_Granville_Toinsel_4826

Sunbrella Granville Toinsel 4826

Sunbrella_Era_Cornsilk_4762

Sunbrella Era Cornsilk 4762

Sunbrella_Alloy_Bronze_4401

Sunbrella Alloy Bronze 4401

Sunbrella_Granville_Mahogany_4828

Sunbrella Granville Mahogany 4828

Amazing, right?  But it’s not just the woven fabrics that are in on it.  The vinyls and shade screens are joining the glossy parade with some golds of their own.  Take a peek at the images below and I think you’ll agree, gold is back, and it’s lookin’ good!

Soltis 86 Champagne

Soltis 86 Champagne

Soltis 86 Pepper

Soltis 86 Pepper

Ferrari Precontraint Gold

Ferrari Precontraint Gold

Here's the Ferrari Gold in action!

Here’s the Ferrari Gold in action!

Today’s Subject, Class, Is Eradication.

This isn’t a pest control post; we’re of the live and let live mentality here at Western Tent.  No, this is about the method used to create great looking, ultra bright, backlit graphics on your canopy.

Here’s how it works.  We cover a canopy frame in your favourite colour of vinyl material, apply a stencil of your logo over top, and within those specific boundaries, chemically wash away the vinyl’s colour to white allowing the background light to flood through.

Are you still with me?

I’ll show you an example.

Let’s say you’ve got a canopy that looks like this.  Maybe your graphics are painted, maybe they’re vinyl decal.  Either way, they look great in the daytime.  However, when night comes, they’re really tough to see.vinyl_decal_graphics

Now take a look at the eradicated graphics.  I know, right?  Amazing!  You might be able to see those graphics from the ISS (that’s the International Space Station for those who don’t have their geek on).eradicated_graphicsEradi-Lite and Cooley are two of the more common brand names in eradicable vinyl available in the industry, though there are others, and there are a variety of colours to choose from.  We can also spice things up further by adding translucent vinyl decal to the eradicated space, giving you a highly visible spectrum of colour which will tie in your branding.

Eradication.  It’s a good thing!

Hail Damage – We fix that stuff!

Sprungs_Hail_Damage_RepairWell, to be fair, we can’t always fix it.

Sometimes we need to replace your sad & broken awning. Your holey tent.  Your punctured canopy.

You get the idea.

And here’s the best part – we can collaborate with you and your insurance company!

So yes, we know storms can be a pain.

We know the last thing you wanted to today was to cry over the dings and tears in your state-of-the-art patio awning that covers your 10 person, LED bedazzled, house-music pumpin’ hot tub.

We know that you’re worried your customers will never find you because your lovely canopy is tattered and torn, completely obscuring that logo you dreamt up while trekking with Yeti in Nepal.

And we know that you can’t allow that beautiful, young, and stylish couple, with 500 of their closest friends and family, most of whom have travelled hundreds or thousands of kilometers to be there, to say their vows under a ripped and sorry looking wedding tent.

No.  Instead you’re going to call your insurance company.  And then you’re going to call the experts.

Sprung’s Western Tent & Awning Ltd.  That’s right.  403-245-3371 or http://www.westerntent.com