Today’s wedding favor vendor interview is with Tom of Futur-Tek, based in Oakland, California! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I was born in Southern California and raised in the SF Bay Area. Because my father loved camping in Nature and was an amateur inventor, I think I caught both bugs LOL. I used to drive around a lot for work and one day I thought how wonderful it would be to enjoy that little bit of Nature, flowers, on my dash. Then I had a dream about a crystal growing out of a wall and so my first Vase was like a half diamond. When I came up with how it attached, peel-and-stick velcro, I realized they could go most everywhere else! My company, Futur-Tek, is actually a “restartup” as I previously tried to have them made in China. Unfortunately, I had a bad factory go-between and because of the poor communication, uneven quality and lack of money to pursue other avenues, I had to walk away.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into the business?
I’ve recently launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise enough money to get back in the ring. (For those not familiar with crowdfunding, it’s a way for folks online to help launch projects they like. In return if all goes well they receive perks which in our case would be Vases at lower than store pricing. If projects don’t hit goal, supporters’ credit cards don’t get debited.)
Hearing from people, mostly women seeing our website and telling me what a great idea and how adorable they are.
If you could pick one unique product or service offering, which would be your favorite, and why?
A white Heart Vase customized by the bride to be a wedding party/bridesmaid gift or favor. Why? For three reasons:
- It gives her a chance to put her own unique, creative touch on them… from photos of her and her groom to customizing the Hearts and their mini-bouquets.
- They can actually be enjoyed for years in unique places that people see everyday like their fridge, bath mirror or dashboard :)
- What says Love and Marriage as well as Hearts and Flowers?
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to others just getting started in your field?
First find out if people other than your friends think it’ll sell aka market research. Then start with enough money to weather those invariable speed bumps and/or don’t quit your day job until you can afford to.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
Love to read, dance, have interesting conversations especially with my friends and daughter, and walk/hike in Nature. But if I don’t have enough time to get way outside, I walk around Lake Merritt in the center of my awesome hometown of Oakland
Any great stories from working with a client?
Had someone who trains people to become wedding consultants absolutely rave about them.
What makes you different from others in your field?
There seems to be no other line of ceramic vases that use velcro to go everywhere.
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
Yes, as a former professional cake baker, leave that horrible, made from margarine “butter cream” behind that everyone else leaves behind. LOL
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their big day?
Yes, live together first for a couple of years aka take the time to really get to know them!
Thanks Tom! For more information about Futur-Tek, please visit his WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.
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