What's in a name? September 28 2013, 1 Comment

Occasionally someone asks me how I came up with the name for our business. I'm working on a short and sweet answer to this question. It's hard, though, because "Good Company" encompasses so many feelings and goals my mother and I had when we started the business.

I grew up on a farm in southwest Kansas. Living in a farming community, being involved in a tight-knit church family, and having extended family that lived nearby meant that we shared many meals and never celebrated anything alone. My parents have always enjoyed having friends, family, and new acquaintances in their home, so when we would hear, "We're having company..." we knew someone was coming to visit and, of course, eat. As a result, my brother and sisters and I learned how to sit around a table and "visit" with whoever was eating with us. I'd like to say that it didn't matter what we had to eat, but I can't. We come from a long line of wonderful cooks, and have developed a great appreciation of good food. Because of this, we all learned to expect good things when company came over. So much so, in fact, that I took it for granted that everyone lived like this. Good Company.

I have learned that you don't have to be fancy to have company at your house. But sometimes it's just fun to make the table look pretty--or at least a tad above everyday-- when you know company is coming over. We might put flowers on the table, get out the good dishes, the good table cloth or the good serving utensils. There is something satisfying about sitting down to the "good stuff." It seems to say, "You're special, we're so glad you're here!" Good Company.

Now I have this business that designs pretty utensils that are being used all over the United States (and beyond!). The sense that countless people have indirectly invited me into their homes is not lost on me. It drives me to create the best product I can, and treat my customers like extended family. So thank you for being a part of this venture with me. I love it when someone tells me how much a bride loved the gift of Good Company utensils they gave. Or, even better, when I ask who they are buying for they say, "It's just for me!" It's very satisfying to create a product that others enjoy. Good Company.

That, friends, my business in a nutshell...or maybe not a "nutshell" exactly! But I just thought it would be nice to let you know a little more about us.

We're in Good Company together!

Jennifer Gleason