Monday, January 25, 2010

Say "I Do" to Smathers and Branson

As January comes to a close, most of us are mentally finished with winter weather. While snow during the holidays is great, come February the Smathers and Branson office is ready for warmer temperatures and longer days. This January, our office has kept busy testing new designs, preparing new products, and eagerly anticipating the summer days ahead. With an office of twenty-somethings, it is no surprise that many of us have been setting aside summer weekends for weddings.

Between the months of May and August, the S&B team is attending 31 weddings for friends, family, and even complete strangers (summer interns = wedding crashers, right Frank?). We will be traveling from San Francisco to Portland, Maine with tuxedo in tote and eyes on the bar.

Although our office will be busy at the weddings this season, our products will be even busier. From the start S&B has been honored to be a part of the wedding party, and we have now provided groomsmen gifts at over 200 ceremonies. From cummerbunds to key fobs, the vows can never be official until they are stitched in needlepoint - (at least in our humble opinion).

For three years now, we’ve been offering deals on monogrammed belts, flasks, wallets, and cummerbunds for wedding parties. As a great way to commemorate the nuptials, many bridegrooms choose to include both initials and the date of the ceremony on our needlepoint products. The design possibilities are endless and much is left up to your own creativity! If you have an upcoming wedding please do not hesitate to contact us for information regarding price breaks, custom designs and delivery time. All custom products take 4-6 weeks for delivery so do not delay!

The best part is – the groom’s is always free, so when it comes to groomsmen’s gifts, just say I DO to Smathers and Branson!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Bob Hope Classic : A Dream Pairing!

What’s your dream foursome? At Smathers and Branson we spend almost as much time developing new products as we do wishing we were on the golf course. This weekend marks the most cherished celebrity golf tournament of the year, and dream pairings will be seen left and right. Since 1960, the Bob Hope Classic has been pairing celebrities, sports stars, professional and amateur golfers for five days of competition and good times. At this California venue, one is just as likely to see an exploding golf ball a la Bill Murray, as they are to see a hole in one from past champions like Phil Mickleson.

Named for the late Bob Hope, a renowned entertainer and avid golfer, this tournament transcends the game of golf and encourages even the most casual fan to watch. Whether hoping to see Kevin Costner’s real life Tin Cup moment or simply watching how Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Wilson, and Padraig Harrington interact, the Bob Hope Classic has something for everyone.

This year, Smathers and Branson is excited to be a part of the Bob Hope Classic. On the first day of play, celebrities and tournament officials are given a gift on behalf of the tournament sponsors. In 2010, the gift of choice was a customized Smathers and Branson needlepoint belt with the Bob Hope Tournament insignia! We want to thank everyone at the Bob Hope Classic for thinking of us, and we are thrilled at the possibility of some of the world’s biggest stars wearing our product!

One of the reasons Bob Hope loved his tournament was because he could pick his own foursome. Having played his way down to a four handicap, Hope was not bashful with his pairings and in 1995 he was seen on the links with Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford. It is up for debate as to which member of that power foursome had the honors on the first tee! Luckily, those upholding the legacy of Bob Hope have honored his affinity for a dream pairing, by pairing a Smathers and Branson belt with any outfit on the course.