April 15 2015
years ago this month we moved to the Las Vegas area.
We'd been in business for over 15 years, printing lanyards, ID badge holders
and other trade-show and convention-related items and it was time to come
where the trade shows and conventions are. So in early 2010 we packed our
bags and moved
It was hard to move. We had to say goodbye to people we'd worked with for
many years. There was Regina, a single mom with a 4 kids and a part-time
warehouse cleaning business. There was Kristy, an independent graphic
designer who worked from home putting herself through school. There was
Hudson, homeless and struggling to get by with his 10 cats... All 11 of whom
lived in our warehouse (yes,
lived in our warehouse). All of these beings lost us and we lost them.
Hudson's displacement and situation was so stressful, it may have
contributed to his death, a short time later, at age 61, of an aneurysm.
Hudson's death subsequently resulted in the death of all of his cats, as
after Hudson passed away, we could not find homes for them and they all went
to the shelter.
We stayed in California as long as we could. But it gets to the point where
the pain of staying outweighs the pain of moving on. Trying to run a business in
California had become very difficult. If you have a local business like a
restaurant or car wash, then your competitors also have these burdens. For a
national business like ours, it was an overwhelming burden that greatly impeded
our ability to grow or even focus on our customers. It's hard to explain without
sounding like some political rant, which is not what we're about. The reasons
that California is like this is complicated and no single person or "group" or
"political party" is to blame, contrary to what you may hear on certain
non-biased talk radio and cable news networks.
At any rate, we moved an entire warehouse full of
lanyards inventory (several semi-truck loads) and large printing equipment,
pallet racks, shelves, desks, forklifts and our lives. Our management team
uprooted themselves and left extended families behind. It was a nightmare
getting organized again. It seemed like months later we were still digging
through boxes looking for hole-punchers, sharpies and extension cords.
It was hard and we wouldn't want to do it again.
But business-wise, it is a relief to be out of California. Our overhead is much
lower, there is less traffic (except for the strip of course), we have much less
paperwork filings and fees to stay on top of, and we don't get threatening
letters or knocks on the door from people with clipboards. RIP Hudson and the
cats... Thanks for nothing California.
Lanyardstore.com began selling lanyards in 1999, and shortly thereafter formed
the website www.lanyardstore.com, which sells custom lanyards and other printed
ID products, neck wallets, badge holders and retractable badge reels. The online
company also prints custom shoelaces, pet collars, dog leashes and child safety
Congratulations and good luck to the Fauquier Freeze 14 and under softball team
for making it to the World Series. Thank you for letting The Lanyard Store be
part of your team! We hope you fill your lanyards full of pins and ribbons.