Merchandise in the Museum Store takes a long path before it ends up on the shelves. Really the story begins when Mary Douthit, the Retail Operations Manager; and Pamela Conway, Assistant Manager and Senior Buyer, hit gift shows around the nation looking for what can sometimes be a needle in the haystack. But that’s a story for another day. Today we’ll begin here at the loading dock where Patrick Cleveland, Shipping/Receiving Dock Security officer, keeps watch for all incoming shipments.
I’m sure there are lots of other goodies on the many incoming trucks bound for other departments, but if I were to venture a guess I’d say the bulk of the incoming packages are for us at the Store.
Careful Grayson, this cart looks pretty full!
Grayson is our Stockroom Assistant. Later today he’ll oversee these boxes as they are unpacked, the items counted and checked, and then labeled for placement on the floor.
We love to hear the oooh’s and aaaah’s as they open each box that contains the merchandise that will fill the store.
Here you see the aftermath of a hard day’s work. Job well done!
And replenishing throughout the day.
In the end our guests are sure to find something they can take home to remember their visit to Crystal Bridges! The Museum Store stockroom is almost always a flurry of activity. We’re always busy… but therein lies the fun.