This has been an exciting time for us at Jostar! Last Tuesday, most of the team attended the Consumer Choice Awards luncheon to celebrate our company winning for the tenth consecutive year! It is an honour to be chosen by our consumers among the top interior design companies in the Edmonton area. We had the pleasure of speaking on stage at the luncheon to the other companies that were also accepting the award for 2016. We focused on one of our greatest assets: being a team! We love working together and bouncing ideas back and forth to give the client the best option for what they want and need.
From left to right in the photo: Our newest designer: Megan, Taylor, Joanna, Laura, and our practicum student: Jeanine
Later that day, we had the opportunity to attend the C&S Tile 45th year anniversary! This was such a fun event and we had the pleasure of meeting the owner of the company, Claudio. It was inspiring to see a person who has such a passion for the work they have done their entire life, and the passion is reflected in the amazing tile they supply us! We all felt like we could listen to Claudio talk for hours, as we enjoyed cake with him to celebrate his birthday. Claudio was born in Italy and immigrated to Canada in 1957 (Margranite-Ceramstone. About Us.). Italy has been, and always will be, the heart of the company for C&S.
Picture of Claudio and his daughter
While we were there, we were able to see samples of the amazing products they carry. Some of the samples included Margranite, the concrete series of tile, and their new glass blocks.
Overall, it was another great week for us! We are always learning lots and meeting new, amazing people.
C&S Tile had a really great quote that stuck with everybody at Jostar:
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten.”
2014 was a big year for everyone here at Jostar Interiors. We had many successes and many new experiences and opportunities. Some of these include the following:
- We took on a new intern
- Launched this blog & our new social media campaign
- Successfully planned and had a great Renovation Show
- Won the Consumer Choice Award for the 9th consecutive year
- Won the Top Choice Award for the second time
- Worked with new clients
- We hired our intern as an Interior Design Consultant
- Worked with experienced and new designers in the industry
- We participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
- We were featured in the Womanition Magazine
- We trained another intern
- We forged new relationships with tradespeople
- We were featured in the Business in Edmonton Magazine
- We attended product knowledge seminars
This is not all that we accomplished; each client project is a success in itself.
This year was not without its sadness. We each lost someone dear to us this past year and remember them with love in our hearts. With aid from our friends, family, and co-workers, we were able to move forward. We have also accomplished so much personally this year. Taylor graduated from the University of Alberta with her BSc and finished her certificate program in Residential Interiors. Leona welcomed a new grandson. Pat’s daughter got the lead in her school play. Joanna earned the recognition that she deserves for all of her dedication.
We would like to wish you all a very successful, happy, and fabulous new year filled with love, hope, and creativity!
Here are some links to the previously mentioned achievements: