Friday, June 10, 2016

WESCO FABRIC CELEBRATES 70 YEARS: 2007-2016. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE PEOPLE!






Marla's favorite piece is a Burmese Buddha pavilion in the front entrance to our warehouse showroom at 4001 Forest Street in Denver. As we celebrate our 70th Anniversary of Wesco Fabrics in 2016 we have witnessed many changes in all aspects of the home furnishing industry.  I am sure we will see many more! 

I'm working on fabrics in our sample department.

Marla worked with teens from Denver's Morey Middle School for four years.  They chose their fabric from our miles of aisles, then our seamstresses taught them to pin and cut out their patterns.  After sewing the clothes at school they had a fashion show.  Marla's father and Wesco Fabrics founder, Harry Weiss, attended Morey as a teen which made this a very special happening.  

Kathy Greaser and our son-in-law, Ray Decker, work in the warehouse during our biannual Designer sale. Ray calls on designers in metro Denver, Southern Colorado, Western Colorado, and New Mexico and assists in our showroom. Kathy is National Sales Manager.

The younger generation adds their input to Wesco Fabrics. L-R: Owen, Paxton, Logan, and Vaughan. 

Long-time employee, Joanne Adair, loves to help designers with their window covering projects in our warehouse showroom.

Tammy Wrightsman, head of accounting, and Georgia Amsbury, head of customer service.


Maggie Watson is in our order entry department and has made friends with many customers throughout the country!


Nedzad, the lead in our Cut Yardage Department, always works with a smile.  

Brandon, our Workroom lead, has great sewing and organization skills.  

Barbara is an experienced artisan seamstress who once had her own workroom. 


Ulu and Deanna work on a valance project for a designer in Louisiana. The fabric is one of our National Exclusives, "Social Status, color Beige Brown."


 Joanne creates Roman shades and inspects.


Anna is an expert seamstress and works in both our Fancy and Drapery departments in the Workroom.


Our grandson Owen is mesmerized by Ulu sewing. 


Miro and Joanne create a gorgeous swag & cascade valance.


Susie & Joanne inspect an expensive Lee Jofa print as part of our COM Custom Workroom program.


Miro is our expert outline & pattern quilter for custom bedspreads.


Susie works on a beautiful embroidered sheer, Louisa color Pewter.


As part of her accounting duties, Tammy is in charge of annual inventory which is not an easy task!


 Judy wears many hats today for Wesco Fabrics, from assisting me to helping every department as needed.  


Jane works in our accounting department.

Judi manages our Denver Design District showroom.


Cynthia works in our Denver showroom as well.


Lori Conway works with a customer in Orange County, California, on some of our exclusives fabrics from around the world. Loris has worked for us for over 44 years!


Joanne celebrates a big birthday. I know her computer is in there...somewhere! She has 46 years of Custom Window covering experience!


Ginger's works in purchasing and assists at our Reception desk.

Steve Beard came to Denver so we all could celebrate his 48th anniversary. He hit 50 fabulous years with us in 2016 and covers Mississippi, Louisiana, & Arkansas. Thank you so much Steve!


Many of our retirees return for events. Jim Webb helped Steve Beard celebrate as well. Jim was our controller and head of accounting for many years.

This is our "Encore" area with 11 aisles of specially reduced sale fabrics. There are fabrics beginning a $4 per yard with values to over $169 yard retail. This department is open "To the Trade" M-F 9am to 3pm. Our customers love our regular line of decorative fabrics as well as our "Encore" fabrics.


Jean works in our sample department and in Cut Yardage.


Thomas works in many area of the warehouse.


You can tell I am thrilled with some of new fabric collections.


Marla and Cynthia work on a complicated valance. Marla may be our President and C.E.O., but she will always roll up her sleeves no matter what the project!


Chad is responsible for our wonderful Wesco Fabrics website which our customers LOVE!


You can tell we just unloaded a container from Thailand in the warehouse. This image was from a 2014 trip. Today a designer came into the warehouse with her client and purchased two giant dining tables and a large free form cocktail table,....and they still had  wrapping paper on them!


We have a large inventory of unique furniture and accessories in our Denver warehouse from the U.S., Burma, China, India, Japan, Viet Nam, France, Bali, Java, and other exotic locales.


You might remember Lisa from a previous blog showing her as a 1 year old with Marla at the opening of our California warehouse. Today Lisa is on our Board of Directors.

Our grandson Paxton (right) and his friend Jake, made a sampling project happen during their school vacation.

Wesco Fabrics is still a great passion for Marla and me as we celebrate our 70th Anniversary. It appears Kate & Lauren are slightly less enthused about the business, but time will tell. 

ONE THING IS VERY CLEAR...WESCO FABRICS IS TOTALLY ABOUT THE PEOPLE! WE WOULDN'T EXIST WITHOUT OUR FINE CUSTOMERS AND OUR GREAT STAFF!



Images: Dick Gentry   www.wescofabrics.com

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