Greetings and a very warm welcome to the August 2023 edition of Hamptons Happenings!
In this issue we:
Thank you to all that attended the LPB training event on 12th July. It was an educational day, and the initial feedback we received was that it was most rewarding.
A few have also commented positively on the food provided, reminding us that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
Well done on the LBP points earned, keep up the good work and we’ll see you all at the next event.
To get us through the dark days of winter, the boys at the trade counter have put together a selection of lighting options.
Check out their excellent merchandising in-store, where they have a dedicated stand for various lighting options, including headlamps, portable lights, and work lights.
Quickly canvassing popular opinion, the consensus is that the Grizzly 2200 lumens work light is the best value for money at $122.50. Come in and visit the leading lights of Hamptons, Neil and Mel, for further information and a brighter future.
A builder’s house is never finished, a cliché that some of our staff here have equally embraced. Over the winter months, Hamptons staff have engaged in a number of their own projects at home, taking inspiration from the customers coming into Hamptons, Pinterest, and Grand Designs on TV.
Both Courtney and Damian have turned their hand to furniture restoration, with Damian upcycling some drawers with a splash of clear whitewash, while Courtney has gone one further, bringing a dark elegance to her drawers, as well as creating a funky industrial chic walk-in robe.
Tracy has gone structural, moving some walls in her house and opening up a larger space for her fireplace, while Fiona has built a wall with a bench seat and converted a wardrobe into a bed – her husband rues the day she signed up to Pinterest where these inspirations came from!
Topping them all is Rowan, who has decided to tackle the plumbing in his house himself. A brave decision, but one that has saved a lot of money.
Congratulations to all our DIYers, and thanks to those of you that came into the store and unwittingly gave advice over the last few months. Now you know what all those questions were about!
Courtney’s Walk-In Wardrobe
Fiona’s Inspiration Photo
This month we are focusing on safety. Come into the store and check out the new gear we have from Milwaukee. We have different kinds of gloves, safety glasses, tethering straps, and first aid kits.
At Hamptons ITM, our team members aren’t simply proficient in constructing products; they’re also enthusiastic about a diverse array of hobbies and interests. To celebrate our staff’s unique talents, we will be featuring a personal area of expertise each month.
This month we asked the guru of Operations in our downstairs office, Mike. It was only fitting he chose to support the place he calls home, Vancouver. If you’re ever planning a trip to Vancouver or this has encouraged you to, there is lots to do and lots to explore.
Mike suggests Summer (June, July & August) is the best time to go with a lot of outdoor activities, festivals & events but if you are more interested in winter sports, late November, December & January are best.
So here are Mike’s Top 5 Things to do and see to keep you occupied during your visit!
1. Stanley Park
Stanley Park is a 1,000+ acre public park in downtown Vancouver surrounded by the Burrard Inlet and English Bay. A beautiful seawall and walkway was constructed for visitors to enjoy a walk, run or bike around the park. Totem pole carvings can be found in the middle of the park representing a number of Indigenous Nations is a point of interest for all visitors.
2. Whistler, Blackcomb
Considered to be one of the best ski resorts in the world, Whistler Blackcomb can be found 2 hours away from downtown Vancouver. The resort was chosen to be one of the venues for the 2010 Winter Olympics and it didn’t disappoint. There are so many other activities besides skiing and snowboarding, with the resort welcoming visitors all year round.
3. Ice Hockey
Vancouver’s only professional sporting team, the Vancouver Canucks play in the best ice hockey league, the NHL. The Canucks last made it to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011 only to lose in Game 7 of a 7-game series… they have been in a rebuilding phase ever since. Nevertheless, still an awesome experience watching a game live and being part of the action.
4. Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a 140m bridge suspended 70m above the Capilano River in North Vancouver. If you love nature and don’t mind the height, this may be the excursion for you.
5. Downtown & Robson Street
For those that like to shop, there are many areas where you can go to get your fix… but I would recommend going Downtown and walking Robson Street on a nice sunny day. Many different shops and cafes to visit, and there’s definitely something for everyone.
Have you ever been to Canada? Come and chat with Mike next time you’re in the store!
David & Wendy, Don, Carolyn and the rest of the team at Hamptons ITM