Fall is finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited! #SweaterWeather, crunchy leaves, pumpkin everything, but most importantly it's race season! #ItsFallYall For the second year in a row, we are “The Official Headband of the Queen Bee”. If you register for the half-marathon, you will be receiving an exclusive branded Queen Bee half marathon Sweaty Band! Talk about motivation to run a Half-Marathon! We will be at the expo all day Friday Oct. 9th for anyone who would like to stop by! Speaking of the Queen Bee, one of our own Queen B's, Brittany Besl, is running! It will be her first Half Marathon, and she’s here to tell us a little more about how her experience has been leading up to the Queen Bee!
The 2015 Western & Southern Open is finally here! Some of the world’s top professional tennis players are coming to our hometown, Cincinnati! Okay, hold up. What exactly is the Western & Southern Open?
We are here to answer your questions (because hello we probably have the same ones). The Western & Southern Open is an annual outdoor tennis event held in Mason, OH, exactly 30 minutes away from Sweaty Bands Headquarters! This event is one of the major tournaments leading up to the US Open and is the second largest summer tennis event in the US, talk about awesome. This year the event will be held from August 15th to August 23rd!
It’s that time of year; love is in the air! Wedding season is in full force, and with a newlywed and two engaged girls of our own here at Sweaty Bands Headquarters, we are LOVING everything wedding-related. Whether you are eagerly anticipating your big day or wedding season has you reminiscing, the excitement that surrounds the day you become a Mrs. can’t be denied! There’s the flowers, the cake, and the diamond ring, but we can all agree, other than the love between the two of you, there is nothing more stunning than the bride herself on that day! Her dress, her veil, everything is simply breathtaking. But after that wonderful day has come and gone, what becomes of that gorgeous dress, that elegant veil? Some get stored away, never to be seen again. We have the perfect solution for Sweaty Bands customers, whether you are a newlywed, or have many beautiful anniversaries under your belt, you can preserve your wedding dress or veil material on a custom Sweaty Band! Sweaty Bands customer Kayla sent in her veil to have Sweaty Bands made for herself and her bridesmaids. [Um talk about an ah-dorable gift idea!!] Not only did she look stunning on her wedding day in her beautiful lace scalloped veil, but now she can think of that special day every time she wears her custom Sweaty Band!
Kayla: “I absolutely love the bands Sweaty Bands made for me! This was the best option for me to preserve my veil because I'm a big believer in upcycling and being resourceful. Although I also love keepsakes in memory boxes, it made perfect sense to be able to convert my veil into something I could wear too, getting the best of both worlds! Now I can feel as elated when I wear my Sweaty Bands veil as I did on my wedding day!”
Our own Director of Business Development, Danielle, got married in December and she also wanted to preserve her special day in a unique way. Using the lace from her dress that was cut off during alterations, a custom Sweaty Band was made that will forever remind Danielle of her day and her beautiful wedding dress.
Danielle: “I have been holding onto the clippings from my wedding dress fittings wondering how I could turn them into something that will always help me remember the most special day of my life. Every time I wear this Sweaty Band, I instantly think of a moment from my wedding day- from seeing my husband for the first time in my dress, to dancing with my Dad at our reception and even my veil falling off in the middle of our ceremony! I wish I could wear my wedding dress every day to feel the way I did that day…so this Sweaty Band is the next best thing!”
Creating a custom Sweaty Band allows you to be as creative as you want to be! We strive to give you exactly what you’re envisioning with the high quality you’ve come to expect from us. With the option of using material from your veil or your dress and picking a velvet color, the sky's the limit! You can’t really wear your dress or veil again [trying it on again from time to time is totally normal though, right?], but you can wear a little piece of it every time you wear your custom Sweaty Band! We are thrilled to be able to help women hold on to a piece of that amazing experience and share the Sweaty Bands love. If you’re interested in hearing more about custom wedding Sweaty Bands, drop us a little note at email@example.com. We’d love to make you a one of a kind creation as gorgeous as you!
We always love to give back at Sweaty Bands, but Autism Awareness month has had a special meaning to us ever since we hired fulfillment staff member Jack two years ago. He is always one of our top performing employees, and brings immense amounts of joy to our office. To elaborate more on Jack's role and how we became lucky enough to have him as a coworker, his wonderful mom, Therese Wantuch, has written a guest blog post for us. We hope you take a minute read through it and consider the benefits of embracing diversity at your workplace, if you haven't already! xo, SB Our son is coming up on his second anniversary of becoming an employee of Sweaty Bands, a woman-owned business that sees the value in diversity. Finding the right fit and the right company is not easy when you have autism, but it can be done with tenacity and finding the right company to take a chance. Sweaty Bands has been a great employer and supporter of autism causes. Not only do they donate to Autism Speaks, they hired a person with autism, which is not just putting lip service to the cause. The Sweaty Band headquarters is less than three miles from our home and so when we started on the job search for Jack, who happens to have high functioning autism/Asperger’s Syndrome, it was a company we knew well and had read a lot about in the local press. Our first visit to the company was foretelling. We were greeted immediately and things were buzzing at the warehouse with a mission. The staff was very nice to us and there was no “alarm” we had felt when we visited other employers when Jack mentioned he had autism and had worked at an amusement park for six summers prior to looking for this job. The supervisor we met with immediately said they would be happy to consider Jack and that she would talk with the owners and for us to contact them back in a week. A week later we contacted Sweaty Bands and Jack went in with his job coach for an interview. Before the interview, we went to www.sweatybands.com and had Jack look up each Sweaty Band category and we printed each section of each page. We wanted him to know the product well. We killed a few ink jets that day! The plethora of bands and styles were so vast, but Jack was getting the hang of it. People with autism usually are very good at recognizing patterns and counting has always been a strong suit for him. We wanted him to be prepared for the interview and know what the job would entail. He got the job and started a week later. He was on probation for 90 days and then became a full time employee thereafter. Two years later, he still enjoys going to work each day and the company and the employees have been very accepting of him. He is taking classes at nearby Gateway Community College to start to learn programming and Sweaty Bands has been great in letting him take time off when he needs a class during work hours. He is also a talented cello player and during the warehouse sale, Jack played cello for the employees and the customers. Thanks Sweaty Bands for taking a chance on an incredibly talented young man who is not your typical employee, but who wants to work hard and see Sweaty Bands succeed! -Therese Wantuch – one proud mother! P.S. Please help us support Autism Speaks by shopping our Charitable Cause awareness print here! (15% goes back!)