Be Great Today

TMJohn Keiser, CEO of OneCoast, started our “Be Great Today” series. His first post sparked interest and excitement within our company! We will be asking other OneCoast team members what “Be Great Today” means to them and how they work that into their professional and (sometimes) personal life! Sharing her thoughts this month is Tammy Myers, HR Administrative Assistant.

Q: What does “be great today” mean to you?

TM: “Be Great Today” means giving 100% in all that you do.  Approaching every task with a positive attitude even when the task might be difficult or something you don’t necessarily want to do.  Staying focused, driven and passionate about what you are doing and determined in your heart that you will succeed.  Respecting the opinions of others, leading by example and striving to inspire those around you to do the same.

Q: What can you do to “be great today”?

TM: [Responses below]

  • Realize that every day is a gift. We are not promised tomorrow so strive to be the very best in all areas of your life.
  • Make sure you keep your priorities in the right order and in balance.
  • Realize that no one is perfect so don’t be afraid to admit that you are wrong and apologize if necessary. Learn from your mistakes and move on.  Always look forward and remember that we start each day with a fresh slate.
  • Set goals for yourself and never give up no matter how long it takes. Challenge yourself to go even higher.
  • Find something good in every situation. Believe that there is a reason or purpose for everything that we go through including our trials.  I like this quote from Abraham Lincoln, “We can complain that rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

Q: How do you encourage others to do the same?

TM: [Responses below]

  • Most importantly, live by example. Sometimes we only have one opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life so make it count.
  • Treat people the way that you would want to be treated.
  • Encourage, motivate and recognize people for their achievements whether great or small.
  • Realize that everyone is unique and has their own talents and abilities. Don’t expect more from someone than you are willing to give yourself.
  • Remember that everyone is important and has a purpose. I think of OneCoast as a puzzle and each of us as a piece in that puzzle.  Each piece is unique and serves a different purpose but no one piece is more important than the other and if even one piece is missing then we are incomplete.

Q: What is your favorite motivational quote? How do you apply that your everyday routine/job?

TM: “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.”  ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

I love this quote because it reminds me that it’s not always about ME.  Sometimes it is about planting those seeds of kindness, friendship, encouragement, etc. for the other person.

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”  ~ God

Anyone that knows me very well, knows that my hope and trust is found in the Lord.  For years, I kept a sign on my desk that read, “Good Morning, This is God.  I will be handling all your problems today.  I don’t need your help.  Thank you and have a great day.”  I have faith that God will never give me more than I can bear and will strengthen me through any trials that I might go through.

Tammy Myers is the Human Resources Administrative Assistant for OneCoast working directly with Joe Floriani. She rejoined the company in October 2015. Tammy started her career in the Gift & Home Furnishing industry in 1996 working with Kennedy Group which was one of the initial regional sales agencies from which OneCoast was founded. She transitioned alongside the company holding various positions including Sales Assistant and Marketing Manager. In 2010, she decided to leave to become a stay home Mom and home school teacher.

Tammy is thrilled to be back at OneCoast after what she calls her “5 year sabbatical” and loves everything she is doing now to assist Joe and all other OneCoast employees.

Tammy has a BBA degree specializing in Marketing from University of Texas at Arlington. She has been happily married for 25 years and has twin daughters.

Add a Personal Touch

Blog post written by DEMDACO

Walk through your local crafts store aisles or flip through your social media feed and there’s a trend in home décor and gifting right now that’s hard not to miss—Personalization.

What began as a novelty in home DIY projects with the introduction of chalkboard paint is now a full-scale home décor accessory and party theme component. Chalkboard easels, big and small, are popular for labeling the buffet table or making a Welcome sign at the party entrance. And mini chalkboard signs on a stick are being tucked into everything from gift bags to flower bouquets to add a personal message. Chalkboard products are versatile and reusable, and certainly appeal to our sense of whimsy and nostalgia.

Art Hearts


A new Art Hearts gift sculpture from DEMDACO comes with chalk to write and draw a custom message on its chalkboard surface. Using the key feature as an easel stand for the heart, it becomes the perfect place card for entertaining.

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DEMDACO Color Me Art Heart

Even the adult coloring craze has influenced the personalization trend. If it’s okay for adults to break out the crayons once and awhile, think of how we can use that artistic license to personalize the decorative items around us.

The Color Me Art Hearts gift sculpture from DEMDACO is like a three-dimensional coloring book, complete with colored markers so the recipient can truly make it their own.

Personalized gift giving is extremely important to consumers today, as well. As gift givers, we want our recipient to know we put special thought into the gift we selected. Products in the marketplace are catering to this philosophy with designs and packaging that tell a story or share a message. Fashion jewelry embossed with inspiring messages is a popular example, as well as artistic pieces of home décor that express emotions and portray relationships.

DEMDACO Giving Shawl

DEMDACO Giving Shawl

DEMDACO’s Giving Shawl, described as a giftable hug, and Giving Pins, designed as gifts of encouragement, are personal apparel accessories to give someone in times of comfort and need.

DEMDACO Tra La La™ Decorative Door Banner & Pin*It Monogram Pins

DEMDACO Tra La La™ Decorative Door Banner & Pin*It Monogram Pins

Monograms come in all shapes and sizes. There’s painted wood monograms in script fonts to decorate front doors. Galvanized metal letters—with or without lights—are popular to hang on the wall or embellish a bookshelf.

Unfinished alphabet letters pepper the crafts store shelves, begging for your creativity. And many decorative products come with monograms to add that personal touch.

Tra La La™ Decorative Door Banners from DEMDACO can be accessorized with a monogram for personalization. The Pin*It Monogram Pins from DEMDACO add a custom touch to the City Wrap and other fashion scarves and wraps.

Serving up Great Wine Display Ideas

Wine 1Originally posted 3/12/2012; Updated 5/2/2016

The endless possibilities of CORKS. Alison Dodson of A. Dodson of Suffolk, VA posted this picture on the OneCoast Facebook wall (left side). They were able to create a wine wall just by asking our customers to collect their corks and bring them into their store. Roughly 5,000 corks later, they were able to cover an entire wall! Aren’t A. Dodson’s customers so kind for drinking all that wine just for us? What a great backdrop for displaying all their wine accessories.

wine 2Debbie Hardey of Local Vines & Gourmet in Cohasset, MA shares her display idea (right side). Here she showcases some of their wines along with gift baskets posing the thought to her customers to always think of wine as a great gift giving item.

At the Atlanta show in January 2012, Mud Pie was creative in displaying their new Bacchus Wine collection* using a striking burgundy red color with contrasting lime green colored wine bottles. This is a great way to make any display pop by just stray painting empty wine bottles and showcasing wine accessories like candle holders, bottle toppers or wine tags. And don’t just stop with one color. Try stray painting several bottles in a variety of shades for one eye-popping rainbow of colors.

wine 3Light up your store using recycled wine bottles. Here’s one we posted to the OneCoast Pinterest board showcasing a string of lights worked within the bottle itself. Suggestion….check the internet for instructions on doing this project yourself. You will need to drill into glass and you will need to use proper safety procedures when doing this project. But…wow what a stunning presentation! Also, use LED lights instead of standard string lights. LED lights will produce less heat and therefore the bottle will be cool to the touch.

Onto yet another great way to use all those corks! Create a beautiful centerpiece display with pillar candles surrounded by an abundance of used wine corks. By utilizing the corks, you create a rustic, yet elegant look. Not only would this look great in your store, but try it out at home too.


*Specific collection is no longer available. Click here for the updated Mud Pie wine collection.


For other wine inspired display ideas, check out our wine themed Pinterest board.