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.

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It all started 128 years ago.

Western Tent logo small2015 is just around the corner and that will mark our 128th year in business!  While I myself am a mere babe by comparison, that’s a pretty significant number considering Calgary was founded only 3 years prior to Western Tent’s inception.  So, given that New Year’s is a time of reflection, and that we’ve had some sort of computer glitch that won’t allow me to access my files, this seems like the perfect time to look back at the history of our company and to look forward at what 2015 may bring.

Philip Dorland Sprung came to Calgary with a wave of new settlers.  Soon after he partnered with W.A. Denby, and together they created Western Tent & Mattress Co., a company which catered to the expanding needs of the booming city.   Manufacturing everything from tents & teepees to cots & mattresses, Western Tent was an integral cog in outfitting the new town of Calgary.

Today the company is called Sprung’s Western Tent & Awning Ltd.  Family owned & operated, Western Tent is currently overseen by its fourth generation of Sprungs.  While tents and teepees are still key components in the product line, much of today’s trade is in residential awnings, commercial canopies, garage-like shelters and sail shades.

As for the future?  Well, my crystal ball is on the fritz but I think we’re likely to see an increase in lifestyle products.  Outdoor living has come to Calgary and despite the chill in the air, we’re seeing more and more outdoor kitchens, games/play spaces and pools. Certainly bars and restaurants are making their patios friendlier in our short summers by adding retractable covers to their pergolas, wind-proof panels to patio walls, and infrared heaters to their outdoor entertainment places.

And let’s face it, signage is always important, even in an economy of slumping oil prices.  Let’s turn that frown upside-down!  It’s more important that ever to be noticed in the marketplace and bright bold signage is a great way to do it.

We’re an optimistic bunch.  2015 is bound to be a tremendous year and we look forward to working with some great clients on some outstanding projects!  Let’s hear it for 128 years!