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Meet Our Newest Vendor, Grace Management Group
Meet our newest vendor, Grace Management Group, a family-owned and operated company that specializes in fragrance creation and application and develops products for four distinct brands: Votivo, Bridgewater, Greenleaf and The WillowBrook Company. Read on to learn more about this incredible company and what makes them a leader in the gift industry.
Q: Tell us a little about your company, how long in business, how you got started, etc.
A: Founded in 1975, Greenleaf got its start as a greenhouse, wholesaling plants throughout the southeastern US. In an effort to offset the seasonal nature of the spring bedding plant business, husband and wife team, Bob and Sylvia Caldwell, created their first fragrance product, the original scented envelope sachet. Fast forward several decades and Grace Management Group was formed by the Caldwell family. It since has grown into one of the largest home fragrance manufacturers in the US through brands that include Greenleaf, The WillowBrook Company, Bridgewater Candle Company, and Votivo. Staying true to its roots, Grace Management Group remains family-owned and operated in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Q: What are your product offerings? What’s unique about your products vs. other fragrance companies?
A: The product lineup vastly ranges from scented candles, sachets, diffusers and home fragrance oils to room sprays, auto vents clips, hand creams and soaps. One differentiating aspect is that Grace Management Group is one of very few companies in the United States with its own in-house perfumery team. While many candle manufacturers opt to work with outside fragrance houses to develop new products, Grace prefers to garner fragrance expertise from within.
Having an in-house fragrance lab allows our brands to monitor the quality of fragrance oils going into the products and the fragrance load. Our in-house fragrance experts also specialize in fragrance application. Each product line and brand undergoes the process of functional fragrance development, a unique specific process by which each fragrance is formulated and then adjusted to function appropriately in various types of products
Q: Where do you get your inspirations and trend direction from for new products?
A: Again, we have an amazing in-house team of talented artists, creatives, forecasters, researchers and developers that monitor the landscape from various industries and compile their findings for strategic integration, growth and new launches.
Q: What do you love most about attending the markets?
A: At the end of the day, Grace still remains what it was at inception, a family-owned and operated company. That family-oriented spirit permeates our showroom from the warm hospitality and dancing to the sweet homemade chocolate chip cookies that we serve. We treat our customers as a part of that family, and market time is like a reunion to get everyone together. It’s our time to exchange information, learn from one another and continue to grow. It’s also a time of welcoming new members to the family through new account business.
Q: Why do customers love your products?
A: Our decades in business have proven our commitment to quality product and fragrance expertise. We have built a reputable reputation with our customers. They know our lines will set their stores up for success.
Q: What does the future holds for Votivo, Bridgewater, Greenleaf, and Willowbrook? Maybe a small sneak peek into future product expansions, ideas, etc.
A: Season after season, we continually strive to deliver the best fragrance experiences that stay authentic to each of our brands. We pride ourselves in continuing to research new technologies, improve fragrance application, and focus on product innovation. Stay tuned as we have some revolutionary fragrance application projects in the product pipeline on track to launch soon.
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Some of the most memorable Woodstock Chimes are the ones tuned to melodies and scales heard throughout the world from ancient times to the present.
The very first Woodstock Chime was created because of a tuning inspiration. Garry had read of the Scale of Olympos, a 7th century musical scale from a Greek flute player, but couldn’t hear it, because the notes could not be played on modern instruments. He cut aluminum tubes to the exact frequencies of the notes of the scale and thought what better way to hear music from this scale than to have the notes be played randomly by the wind? Garry created the Chimes of Olympos and a business was born. Not only is the chime’s music beautiful, it turns everyone who hangs it into a musician!
There are Woodstock Chimes tuned to scales from Asia; our Magical Mystery Chime – Taj Mahal is tuned to a scale from Northern India, the Chimes of Kyoto, which is tuned to an ancient Japanese scale found on early zither instruments, and the Chimes of Java which is tuned to the scale of the gamelan degung, a traditional Javanese musical ensemble.
Famous composers also serve as inspirations for Woodstock Chimes tunings. The Chimes of Mozart, Pachelbel Canon Chime and Chimes of Bach are three examples of chimes tuned to music by great composers.
Woodstock Chimes have a rich, pure sound quality that comes from premium materials, expert design and fabrication methods and, of course, precise tuning. The length of each tube is honed and the sound is checked using an electronic tuning system to ensure the note is correct and the sound is pure. Some call this “precision tuned,” some call it “musically tuned.” We simply call it beautiful.
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Let every breeze sing a song of remembrance!
Beautiful, elegant and spiritually uplifting, these chimes offer a way to celebrate one’s faith, serve as a reminder to take time out for meditation or provide comfort to those who have lost a loved one. While all Woodstock Chimes® make lovely gifts, the products found in this brochure are especially suitable for inspirational or sympathy gifts.
Our removable windcatcher logo indicates chimes designed to be easily customized. Including a personal message such as a wedding date, note of sympathy or birthday greeting makes the gift that much more special. Woodstock Chimes® does not offer engraving services, but the removable windcatcher can be taken to a personalization store, trophy shop, printer or jeweler to be engraved or silk-screened.
Keepsake Urns on Select Chimes
Our Memorial Chimes and Amazing Grace Chime™ – Memorial Urn include a waterproof compartment under the chime top that can preserve a small keepsake or memento.
Woodstock Chimes® offers a variety of crystals and smaller chimes suitable as inspirational or memorial gifts. These are ideal when folks want to offer a token of love or sympathy, or a small gift to surprise and delight. We have a curated selection on these two pages; there are more of each of these styles available online. See and hear all our small chimes here.
We’ve solved the question of where to hang a Woodstock Chime even in the absence of an obliging tree. These celebration stands allow customers to hang their Woodstock Chime® in the perfect spot, wherever that may be. Encourage your customers to use them with their favorite chime to add a musical note to any celebration, ceremony or memorial with a Woodstock Celebration Stand™.