November 2011 archive

Giving Thanks: 3 Things Paul Michael Co. is Thankful For…

With Thanksgiving here tomorrow, we thought this would be the perfect time to share what we’re thankful for. Here are three things Paul Michael Company is giving thanks for this holiday season:

  1. We are thankful first for our fantastic, dedicated employees—they are the Paul Michael Company.
  2. Our customers who feel like they are part of our Paul Michael family—their enthusiasm and excitement keep our energy positive.
  3. On a lighter note, each of our furry kitties who watch over the shop and soothe frazzled nerves with a purr.

Happy Thanksgiving! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our post on our holiday hours and Black Friday sale!

Paul Michael’s Holiday Hours and Black Friday Sale!

On behalf of all of us at the Paul Michael Company, we would like to wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. As we give thanks for all the blessings in our lives, we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Among those blessings are our customers! In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for each and every one of you! We value your patronage and appreciate you bringing the Paul Michael Company into your home.

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope to see you Black Friday weekend! You can see our store hours for each location below:

Store Hours

FRIDAY 11/25 8am-8pm
SAT 11/26  9am-8pm
SUN 11/27 10:30am-6pm

FRIDAY 11/25 8am-8pm
SAT 11/26  10am-8pm
SUN 11/27 1pm-6pm

FRIDAY 11/25: 9am-7pm
SAT 11/26  10am-6pm
SUN 11/27 1pm-6pm

FRIDAY 11/25 9am-6pm
SAT 11/26  9am-6pm
SUN 11/27 1pm-5pm

Am I a Salesperson or Counselor?

A mother-daughter shopping couple was in need of some design advice for holiday wreaths and garlands. I was helping them, and eagerly we started picking out color schemes and all the stuff to put the decorations together. We began with the basics, and then went to our gorgeous ribbons.

They disagreed on which one went best with our designs. Things started to get heated between them—downright mean, even. I tried to find a ribbon they both liked, but the whole experience turned out to be way more than just the ribbon. All this anger and crazy talk started, and I just quietly disappeared into the store.

Still—oh my gosh!—they found me, and we tried to continue shopping. After two hours of helping them I felt like I needed to put out my “10₵ counselor is in” sign. No one was smiling, so I tried to help them with humor. When they were close to checking out, I asked them, “OK, I know who is going to pay for the Christmas decorations, but who is going to pay me for the counseling session?!” There was a giggle from them, and they replied, “We have already paid for that! Many, many times.”

“From now on, just come to Paul Michael’s for some retail therapy; it’s cheaper and seems to work!”

—Deborah Michael

Wacky, Fun Things Our Customers Say: Why One Husband Decided to Start Decorating

We had a great show in Houston! There were thousands and thousands of shoppers, all so excited to shop Paul Michael. Glitter stems and picks, ribbons and ornaments were tossed about like popcorn in a theater. And with crowds like this, we often have funny stories at the end of the day—we consider them “customer encounters of the THIRD kind.” Needless to say, we thought it would be fun to share some of these on our blog. Here’s the first:

An elderly couple was shopping for a new wreath for their home. At first the man wasn’t engaged at all, until he watched our designers. The woman decided that they, too, wanted to make their own wreath, so she was trying to pick a color scheme, components and more when suddenly her husband got totally into it, took charge and designed his first wreath—and it was a great one to boot! His wife became a little frustrated at this point and said to him, “After 40 years of marriage, you decide now to help me decorate? I thought you just liked baseball!?” He replied, “Well dear, you never told me all these pretty ladies were here, and I’d be the only guy.” The wreath he designed was beautiful. We think we put him in touch with his artistic self, which he never knew existed!

Be sure to check back to read about more of the wacky things our customers say. You can even subscribe to have our updates delivered straight to you!

How to Make a Bow for a Beautiful Tree Topper

We know many decorating enthusiasts out there are already getting out their holiday décor, including seasonal evergreens. If you’re thinking about placing something other than a star or angel atop your Christmas tree this year, consider using a big, beautiful bow—you can even make one yourself! Not sure how? Not to worry! Paul Michael Company has made a holiday how-to video featuring Ms. Christmas, Julie and our elf, Ann, that takes you through the bow-making process.

Just watch the video, and soon you’ll be a pro at making pretty holiday bows, from starting with the tail of the ribbon to looping and twisting until you’re finished. About five yards of ribbon is all you need for a large bow.

Be sure to watch for more of our helpful videos and decorating tips throughout the holiday season. You can even subscribe to our blog to have our updates delivered right to your email inbox!

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market Starts Tomorrow!

We just wanted to give everyone a quick reminder that the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market begins tomorrow, Nov. 10, and lasts through Sunday, Nov. 13—and Paul Michael Company is a market merchant!

Paul’s World furniture and accessories have hit the road for the very first time, and they’re going to be unveiled at the event. Believe it or not, we loaded up 25 18-wheel trucks to haul goods to the market.

We began the huge production of setting up the 40,000 square-foot booth last Thursday at the Reliant Center in Houston, and we think you’re going to love it!

Can’t wait to see everything? Visit our Facebook page for a sneak peek! On our Facebook wall we’ve already posted a picture of a new product we’ll be unveiling and a video about the antique European grain sacks we’ll have in our Nutcracker booth, so be sure to check it out!

The market hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. We can’t wait to see you there!

Colorful Holiday Décor Beyond Red and Green

Now that it’s November, most people have started thinking about their holiday decorating. Among all the tips and ideas out there, design magazine House Beautiful took an interesting spin, offering its “Top Holiday Decorating Don’ts.” Here’s one of their important recommendations to keep in mind: “Don’t limit yourself to red and green.”

Of course, if you love these tried and true colors, we’re all for them. But if you’re trying to match another color scheme or just be different this year, we say go for it! Bright pinks, purples and blues and metallic gold, silver and copper are all fun color choices to embrace for holiday decorating. Here’s a look at some of the holiday décor we have in this year at Paul Michael Company—it touches on nearly every color of the rainbow!

There’s no rule saying you have to stick to red and green. Just have fun and be creative! Which colors are you decorating with this holiday season?

Engraving: Imagine the Possibilities!

Paul’s World is getting turned upside down. After attending some major industrial auctions trying to buy critical pieces of machinery for furniture making, the factory is buzzing, literally, with new fancy machinery.

The biggest entertainment right now is our new laser engraver. It can engrave anything on almost any surface. We even took a picture of our head foreman, Sal, and engraved his image in a piece of wood. It looked just like him! (In fact, it’s almost freaky what this machine can do.)

We are currently putting our logo on our cutting boards—it takes 2 minutes and 17 seconds for each one. Here’s a look during the middle of the process:

And a video of the process!

Now, our imaginations are going wild! We have some old slate roofing salvaged during the aftermath of Katrina that we engraved with an awesome fleur di lis. Just think of all the possibilities…. monograms, cool phrases that you could hang on the wall, vintage signs—the list goes on and on.

This laser printer will be a great addition to Paul’s World. What would you love to have engraved?

—Deborah Michael