About 5 years ago, I started teaching upholstery in NE Minneapolis. We were pretty successful with the hobbyists, but people kept asking, "Now how do you do this as a career?" I surely didn't know. I'm the daughter of an upholsterer, and still it's been a long, messy road. But it seemed like a question … Continue reading The Upholsterer of the Future
Spring is a crazy time for upholstery shops, and we've been feeling it in St. Paul. . . But somewhere between emails and messages and phone calls, I've felt lucky to claim a few quiet stretches in the shop, just me and a project. Those are such lovely days. This is the part of the … Continue reading The skilled human element
Six years ago, I was sitting in my mom's upholstery shop, eating lunch, reading a book. She was out of town. I was just holding down the fort on my day off, putting in a few hours to help out. (at this time, I was actually working as a full time sales person for another … Continue reading Cheers to our First Clients!
Here's something I hate: walking into a restaurant and not knowing what I'm supposed to do. Do I sit? Do I wait? Am I coming in the right door? Why doesn't this menu make any sense? Is this the order window? Is it the pick up window? Do I leave my dishes on the table? … Continue reading How to train your client