Commercial Photography Fort Myers
Commercial Photography Fort Myers, Nick Adams Photography
Potpourri-the inside scoop:)
One of the biggest home furnishing and gift shows is currently being held in Atlanta Georgia. Its called ‘The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market‘. It is the largest trade show of it’s kind in the USA. Recently we had the opportunity of working with a good friend, Chantel. Chantel is a success story in herself. She started her business: Garden Route, as a home based business so that she could spend home time with her growing family. She has since completely out grown her home, to the extent that she now has two warehouses with 20+- employees.
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Not ever really knowing much about potpourri, it has been a fascinating job for me. The extent that Chantel and this company go to to sourcing the correct ingredients is nothing short of inspirational. Take a look at the pictures below and you will see how far potpourri has come since the days of a scented bag of wood shavings. Look at all the different ingredients. The different colors and sizes of the contents. These bags are all packed identically before they go off to retailers around the country. It’s no wonder that with this attention to detail, Garden Route has become a formidable force in this niche market.
Chantel and her husband, Abe, are South African natives that relocated to this area twenty years ago. They had strong links in farming and horticulture back in South Africa, so it follows that most of the ingredients for the products are imported and shipped from South Africa. These ingredients arrive in big pallet size plastic containers approximately one cubic yard in size. They are sealed to keep them fresh and free from bugs and moisture. They are then stored in cold storage for the same reason.
Not only is the attention to detail quite extraordinary during the manufacturing process but the same attention to detail benefits the consumer too. Garden Route offers a full line of replenishable oils and scents so that you can use the potpourri over and over. You can switch out your different displays for the different seasons and then reuse them again the next year.