Monday, March 29, 2010

What's been happening lately.

*This was supposed to go up at the beginning of the month, but i/it got sidetracked. It still applies, so here it is- Brandon.

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Ugh...So February was a rough month for me.


My dad has cancer and started chemo two days before his 60 birthday. It's a sad thing. The docs say he's going to fine, and the chemo is mild, but it still makes him sick.


My grandmother had a stroke and lost feeling on her left side. My mom is having to come to terms with putting her in a nursing home and it's really hard on her.


I spent most of last month back in Michigan with my family doing what I could to help out- whether it was driving my dad to his chemo appointments, or sitting up late listing to my mom.


When I had time I was building Bates Crates, trying to stock up for this spring and summer.


It was also the worst month we've ever had in sales since we started four years ago. I'm not sure if it's the recession, or because of all the other companies out there doing bicycle shirts now, or if it's just that our shirts are not what people want anymore.


On the upside, our traffic hasn't slowed down one bit thanks to our reviews. So here's to the companies that helped keep us going even when the chips are down. They're to your right.


I'm also sad my second job of being a pedicab manager has come to end. I loved being out in the city all summer long, getting some great exercise and meeting great people. It was always alot of work, but it felt good.

I'm sad to see it go, but it will give me more time to concentrate on One Less Car and Bates Crates.


We’ve come up with a couple new designs and will have more soon, and we're working on getting stickers back in stock! We also know that reviews have slowed down a bit, but they'll be picking back up again soon as the new season begins!


If you ordered during the sale, your shirts may take a little longer because of all the time i was gone, but i will get them out to you very, very soon. (I'm pretty sure their all out now! -B)


I just want to say thanks to all of you who have helped us get this far and here's to the beginning of a new season!


Cheers-


Cole

2 comments:

Ed Wilson said...

I'm sorry to hear about your troubles. I wish the best to your father.

I find it admirable that you're honest with your readers.

I think it may have to do with the recession. You know we bike lovers are thrifty types.

Eitherway, I'm still going to visit this site, read your reviews, and be inspired by your posts on bike advocacy.

Cheers to brighter days ahead,

-Ed

1 less car said...

ed

thanx for the reply it really means alot.

cole