I’d like to send out a thanks to the staff of the brand new REI in Schaumburg. I traveled down to the Chicago area to sponsor their third and final grand opening breakfast. Each person there was genuinely psyched to be there and everyone had smiles on their faces.
When I pulled into the parking lot at 7:30 in the morning there were already about 30 people waiting outside for the breakfast tent to open up. Everyone was bundled up with as many clothes as possible since it was a chilly 35 degrees out. Apparently someone had been waiting since 6:30 AM!
Petzl and Gregory were sponsoring the breakfast and everyone was happy to have some toys to look over. I had brought a couple of new Gregory packs along with a bunch of Petzl samples. Everyone seemed to love the lime green Hirundos and the E+Lite was a big hit as well.
I must say that I was surprised at the turn out. Right around 200 folks showed up for the event and everyone was in good spirits despite the clouds and wind that had come in for the morning. It never fails though. The second everyone was in the store the sun came out and the wind stopped.
Either way the event was a great time and everyone seemed to have a blast. Again I’d like to thank all of the employees that helped me out as well as my old manager, Jonathan, from the REI here in Madison. A special thanks goes out to Jenny Lachmann for letting us come down and show off our toys for the morning.
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!!!