This is our invitation for our 40th anniversary party. The fabric was a beautiful combed cotton print from France.
The 40th party was fun, but bittersweet without Harry Weiss there!
Joline Weiss retired from Wesco Fabrics in October 1986. She was an amazing business woman and truly ahead of her time. Jo was supremely organized, aggressive, and had an uncanny ability to know what would sell to her customers. When she ventured to New York City to source fabrics for her company female buyers were somewhat a rarity in the male dominated world. I heard stories from competitors who would tell their suppliers, "I want what Joline is buying!"
We traveled to New York City in 1987 to attend a celebration of Joline's retirement and contribution in the wholesale fabric industry. L-R: Dick, Marla, Joline, Sharon & Joe Rittgers.
Our warehouse showroom in Denver was redesigned with new colors and displays in the 80's.
December 3, 1991 was an exciting time signing a contract for Marla's project of the Denver Design Center Wesco Fabrics showroom. Becky Lively was our first showroom manager. A few years later we expanded next door into the former Robert Allen space.
Kathy Greaser sets up some product shots for marketing postcards. Kathy is our National Sales Manager today, celebrating 30 years this year.
In May of 1993 we had a great visit with Louise Alvarado who had managed our Denver warehouse showroom for 25 years. On her left is Ruby VonWald, my assistant, Kay Melnick, Harry's sister and Wesco sales rep, Joline Weiss, and our daughter Stacy Gentry.
We imported our first container of unique furniture from Bali in 1985. Aubrey Russum, our plant manager, who retired after 40 years checks off the shipment.
Images: Dick Gentry, Wesco Fabrics