When the snow began to fall the afternoon of January 19th, everyone here at Closet Factory began to wish and hope that it wouldn’t last, and that the infamous “here today, gone tomorrow” philosophy that usually applies to snowfall in Colorado would hold true. Unfortunately, it didn’t, and as the start of our 20th anniversary party drew near, we began to wonder how many would brave the cold weather to help us celebrate (and eat all that food!)
Folks, we were blown away.
Despite the cold, we estimated that a total of about 150-200 friends, family members, clients, vendors, organizing partners, builders and interior designers came on that snowy night to commemorate this great milestone. Given we were expecting upwards of 300, to even have this many was incredibly humbling and heartwarming. And, of course, we knew the ones who couldn’t make it were with us in spirit.
Guests were greeted with name tags and given a commemorative wine glass that they could (and many did!) take home.
Also near the front door was a collage of photos that looked back at the events and organizations Closet Factory has been involved in. These include: Mile High United Way, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Colorado Home and Garden shows, and the Natural Dream House. The collage was printed on canvas by our friends at Sign-A-Rama.
The rest of the evening was spent socializing, networking, eating delicious food from Tony’s Market (the meatballs were TO DIE FOR!), drinking wine and beer, and having a great time! Guests were also invited to sign a matted photo of Mark and Polly:
Speeches were made by the President of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, John Brackney, our CEO Mark Lestikow, as well as one of our designers, Andre Wilner.
One of our favorite quotes from Mark: (regarding the box he and Polly were standing on to speak to the crowd): “This is a great business. Where else can you say on the morning of an event ‘I need something to stand on to make a speech’ and have it that afternoon?” This is so true. We are blessed to have such a great staff of designers, office people, shop guys, and installers who make the magic happen everyday.
When asked what being in business for 20 years meant to him, Mark had this to say: “20 years is a long time! Polly and I were given a quote regarding age in business that was very enlightening: ‘In the corporate world, age symbolizes strength and security in an unpredictable marketplace.’ The recession affected us, as it did most businesses, but we reinvested a lot of our profits over the years into making Closet Factory the leader in the custom storage in Colorado. Our customers have appreciated our strength over the last three years, and they have a sense of security we’re not going to cut corners or give them a lower quality product or service. We’re in a very good position heading into the economic recovery!”
As the last guests disappeared into the wintry night, everyone at Closet Factory realized just how blessed we are to have had so many supporters over the last two decades. So, thank you to all who have kept our company going and helped us to rise to Colorado’s #1 custom closet company.
A special thanks to Debbie Metzler for organizing our celebration, to Luis, Nacho, Alberto, Jenny and Tracy for serving as bartenders and to all of our shop guys who helped clean up the next day, making it impossible to tell that we even had a party.