In June of 2007, we proudly launched our family-owned business, Station Bay, Ltd, from the basement of our home. The most difficult task was to create a business name. When younger, I had work experience at a small-town filling station (gas station) owned by my grandparents. It was demanding and hard work but I mostly enjoyed my conversations with our customers as I washed their windows and pumped their gas. Since the gas station business sold in 2005, I wanted my new business to reflect back on so many memorable and positive customer conversations plus the ethical work experience I needed to make a business successful.
At the beginning of our family-operated business, we offered a variety of metal signs, thermometers, and clocks. Our range of selection included sports, automotive, farm equipment and Super Heroes to name a few. However, the sign business alone didn’t stimulate our creative and distinctive characteristics or ideas we wanted to give to our customers. Therefore, we purchased a mat cutter to design, create and assemble a vast selection of unique products. Based on our ideas, we created a selection of mat board designs.
As sports enthusiasts, our first creative product was a beautiful double-color mat design encased around a licensed sports embroidery with a solid wood black frame. We focus on making each mat design with precision and the use of top quality, cost-efficient materials. We offer all major league teams like NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL plus a selection of NCAA teams. New to our selection is our military embroideries. We are proud to offer all 5 military services: Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard.
Our alphabet photo art was our second creative design. We offer 2 basic mat designs: the traditional Single black mat and our own design: the Dovetail. The Dovetail is a double-mat designed in an eye-catching off-set pattern. We make our mats to accommodate 3 to 10 photo openings in both a vertical and horizontal hang position. Our selection of Alphabet Photos, to spell a specific word, come in black and white and color with a variety of photo themes such as nature, industrial and others. Through customer requests, we now offer 3 attractive, solid wood frames: Traditional black, Rustic and White-washed. We can do custom orders to meet the needs of our customers.
Since the first two creative product designs, we have added several new products. We are always looking for fresh and new ideas. Our newest, upcoming product will be an attractive personalized Alphabet Art.
As a family-based company, everyone takes on numerous roles to make our 10th Anniversary a milestone event. Starting with Brad, he is the inventive graphic designer as well as the webmaster for Station Bay. He also assists in cutting mat board designs, assemble, package and ship products plus helps with local shows and mall display set-ups to name a few. He is truly the anchor in keeping us current with technology and social media demands. Duane, my spouse, is our Wholesale and Retail sales rep., supply manager, design and cut mat boards, assemble products, marketing, as well as set-up and work shows and mall events. He contributes endless hours for our customers in offering our best at the lowest possible cost. As for myself, Sharon, my main role is to organize and maintain the bookkeeping for the business. In addition, I schedule, set-up and work shows and mall events, look for detail while assembling products and maintain quality control.
Since the beginning, our philosophy has always been to offer a quality product at the best price with guaranteed customer satisfaction. We believe our philosophy has provided us with great customer satisfaction and loyalty in making our 10th Anniversary Celebration.
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