Will You Accept This Rose?
Posted on January 09 2017
My start at Punch wasn't as dramatic as an episode of the Bachelor(ette), but the road to becoming Boutique Team Leader (BLT for short) was filled with fun challenges, exotic locations, and several late night planning dates.
I first started with Punch in August of 2015 as a sales associate. I was working in marketing full-time, but I was looking for something a little more creative and social to add to my week. My roommate suggested I ask Cydney if she would hire me for weekend work. That is where my story starts.
I wasn't up against other candidates for Punch's love, but I did want to prove my skills and excel at everything that came my way. I learned how to pour wine without spilling a drop, organize like a pro, and how to win over "Stanley" our steamer. It didn't take long for me to become curious about the Punch! brand, and how Cydney could run a business and always have fun.
The next step in my journey began with a one-on-one coffee date. Cyd and I sat down and really delved into the future of Punch! My path completely changed when she asked me if I would be interested in coming on full time in the future. I have a degree in marketing and a Master's in Library Science, could I actually leave the corporate world? I've always had a creative side, with my family dubbing me a young Martha Stewart. I've also been a knitter for over ten years (insert knitting librarian joke here). I always fantasized about a future not in a 9-5 setting, but I can honestly say I never thought it would happen.
The final cherry on top, was when I went to New York with Cydney for a buying trip. That day will go down in history as one of the most inspiring days of my life. Seeing the talent and creativity at the National Stationary Show and watching Cydney navigate New York to get the very best for our customers made me realize this dream was possible for me too.
I officially accepted the rose, and I am loving every minute of being "BLT" for Punch! I can't wait to continue to see all of your smiling faces in the store and celebrate all of our new milestones.