It's been a long time since I have managed to get to this part of the website. Glad to say part of the reason is that we have been very busy this spring. We did 5 Home and Garden events, two in Des Moines, one in Minneapolis, one in Ottumwa and one in Sioux City. Plus we were back at the Ames Eco Fair the first of this month and will end the month in Altoona at the Enabling Gardens Arbor Day Celebration. We have added 4 new retailers to our growing list and are always talking to others about joining us.
One of the highlights of the season is the interest in the larger tanks. We have moved a number of the 150 gallons tanks and have sold our first 2500 gallon tank. It will arrive next week and we will definitely have photo opts with the whole crew.
Speaking of the whole crew, we're very pleased with where we are at this time of year and that is due to all the hard work by the people who are part of this experience. Jim is doing the barrels and talking to customers, Gabe is doing the stands and sales, Kristi is keeping us honest, Christine has helped at shows and at the shop, Todd has helped on Saturdays, I had a great time at the shows and love to meet new people and get new ideas from you.
One last little note for the day If you happen to get whiff of garlic when you enter the shop, it's due to the last shipment of barrels. Almost a third of them were marked as having contained garlic products and while the barrels are cleaned before they get here, that smell does hang around for a while. So just think pizza and you'll be fine.
Joel Gettys is the co-founder of Rain Barrels Iowa. He is our resident gardener, product designer, chief of installation at our Rain Barrels Iowa store.