As we look forward to a new decade, we pause to note the highlights of this past year. As a family business it is important that we share these stories with you, our customers – for, without you, we would not have them to tell. As bright as the days are before us, they are nothing without you by our side.
As a small business, we have come to expect the unexpected. But on October 3, we had the great privilege of hosting Google and their CEO, Sundar Pichai, at our headquarters in Dallas for a small business roundtable discussion. Together we shared the challenges (and joys) of building small businesses with several other small business owners from around the metroplex. We discussed the growth that digital tools, such as those provided by Google, have afforded our businesses. To think that 21 years ago, Google had only two employees! They truly can relate to small business owners and are eager to be a part of its growth in this country.
Fortuitously, the day was also our anniversary, marking the beginning of our 46th year in business. Although this was merely a coincidence, it still felt incredibly meaningful to us. Peacock Alley began with a single product; a homemade patchwork pillow. Today we have six Peacock Alley stores in three states and sell through over 500 retailers nationwide. And yet, we remain a small business, making product by hand, and with love, in our workroom here in Dallas.
In case, you couldn’t tell we are excited, and we wanted to share this momentous visit with you, our customers – for it is because of you that we get to celebrate anniversaries and grow … in this case, with Google! So, thank you for your years of support and for trusting us to be a part of your home.
This is what dreams are made of.
The Peacock Alley Family and
Mary Ella Gabler, Jason & Josh Needleman