Made in the South Awards – Rewards
We are happy to say there is an ongoing ripple spreading out from the Dec/Jan Garden & Gun magazine issue in which it was announced that Lichty Guitars was the overall winner of the 2010 Made in the South Award. We’ve met wonderful new people, have sold guitars and ukuleles as a direct result, have received media coverage in everything from our local favorite paper to some of the top guitar-related websites to TV coverage. The cool thing is that nearly three months out from the big news the phone keeps ringing. Gotta love that!
As if the great exposure was not enough, we’ve just returned back from Charleston where we received more Made in the South Awards rewards. First stop was a trip to the office of Stitch Design. Garden & Gun set up a brainstorming session with the brilliant folks at Stitch and Leapfrog. Stitch Design Co. works with clients in brand development and in the creation of printed pieces, logos, brochures, etc. www.stitchdesignco.com. Leapfrog is a boutique public relations and marketing firm specializing in “lifestyle” related businesses. www.leapfrogprco.com. These two companies frequently collaborate and when you put the key staff all together in one room it’s no wonder. We benefitted from their savvy and experience, came away with new ideas and would recommend them to any business serious about promoting what they have to offer.
Next stop was at the Garden & Gun offices for a visit with Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans and Associate Editor Haskell Harris. We talked about the impact of the awards, both for Lichty Guitars and for all the other winners and had a few minutes for Sid to play one of the latest Lichty Guitars, an OM style guitar built from Ancient Kauri wood. Though he won’t admit it, Sid can really play!
After our meetings we enjoyed an amazing dinner at FIG, in downtown Charleston. (every bite was incredible and the service – the best!) and we stayed the evening at the Andrew Pinckney Inn (a beautiful historic hotel in the heart of town) all thanks to Garden & Gun as part of our awards package.
It was a great trip and we are truly thankful to everyone at Garden & Gun for the opportunities, the recognition and for crafting a magazine that we are beyond proud to be featured in.
Oh, and here is tip – hot off the press and sitting on the desk at Garden & Gun was the February/March issue of the magazine. Music-lovers will want to read it cover to cover and then back again. It’s the Music Issue for 2011 and the cover sings out “Bluegrass Nation – 25 Bands Giving Old-Time Music a Whole New Sound.” Check it out!