In my sleuthing journalism, I've uncovered some sweet, some smarmy truths about the folks behind your glittering Rhinestone Unlimited packages. Who are these people on the other side of your order, really? I've dug deep with scrutinizing questions, and quote the workers in their own words [with some spelling and grammatical corrections. Also, I have interjected my own comments in brackets]. Read on, dear readers- the sublime exposés will shock and intimidate!
Hey you in the booth- turn that spotlight on... ...Pat!
Nicknames: The Mangler/HS Football
Number of years at Rhinestones Unlimited: 1.5
Favorite movie about stones: Cheech & Chong
Movie you think could use more sparkle: Chicago
Your position at Rhinestones Unlimited: Filling [your order, of course]
Your area of expertise in the rhinestone universe: Picking them up off the floor at comps [Pat and his wife, Andrea -our poised front-of-house employee- own and teach at a ballroom studio. They're no strangers to the swanky side of rhinestones on the dance floor]
The great debate: Milli or Vanilli?
Favorite rhinestone-related adjective: Stoned? [yep, that counts!]
Pet Peeve: Reception [rude.]
Best words of rhinestone wisdom: Order early
How to calm a rhinestone emergency: Order early
Don’t be afraid to try: PriceLess Crystal
Current color of your toenails, matched to a stone color: Blue magma (not a real color.)
Activity you would like to try in the rhinestone world: Owning a franchise
The hot forecast- the next big rhinestone market: Navy Seals
Favorite thing about being based in MN: Where I live
Current drink of choice: Who is buying?
In-house product you think is underrated: Reception [yay!]
The current song playing in your head: Kool and the Gang- "Get your back up off the wall"
Three things still on your bucket list: Rob a bank, getaway car [driving or owning?], then I want the letter M stricken from the English language
Three things you’ve already crossed off: Mowed the lawn, cleaned the kitchen- forget that last one
Favorite thing about Rhinestones Unlimited: Getting others stoned
Ryan Gosling, hot or not? Isn’t he a little bird?
This, dear reader, is what I consider a successful interview. Generally content to fill your orders all day long with nary a peep, we find that Pat (not Patrick- he's in the sales office) is a dry-witted, chivalrous, hard-working enigma who will sweep you off your feet with a cha-cha and a dip. I can only assume the pieces he gathers for you are sad to part with him.
More heavy-hitting journalism to come, stay tuned...
Rhinestones Unlimited blog author Jemm Stone is a multifaceted girl navigating our sparkly world with on-point insights. Visit RhinestonesU.com/blog to follow her thoughts as she highlights design trends, turns the spotlight on industry influencers and breaks down how-to tips like light through a crystal prism. Tune in again for more hot reporting on your Rhinestone Unlimited favorite staff members. Submit the questions you want answered to Reception@RhinestonesUnlimited.com, with the subject line: "Spotlight On..."