The story of Lakeside… where to begin? There is no defining moment, no line in the sand. It’s just 2 guys who met at church in 2007, eventually started a side gig of a construction business in 2012, utilizing their skills and experience, to remodel and do home improvements. Not sure exactly how it happened, yet the jobs started increasing to have a more custom look with wood finishing and more shop builds than house demo. Then in 2015 Lakeside Woodworks became a thing, the same 2 guys (Ryan and Nick) made this dream a reality. Ryan being the trained woodworker and Nick being the woodworker in training that brings a business mind, a great match to launch a new venture. They are fun to watch work together, a synchronized dance without words. The real launch into a full steam ahead was Nick making our dining room table. It was on my dream board, a live edge dining room table, for us at our house and not for sale. Ryan gave some tips yet let Nick figure it out with less than adequate tools, lots of blood, sweat and time went into that table. As soon as it was brought into the house, the real story of Lakeside began. I documented it on FB not to get business, just because I was so excited to have it come into my home! Not intentional at all, just a gorgeous table to bless his wife, and see if he could actually do it. That sure was a fun summer and we had no idea what was brewing behind that table.
We then started coming up with new ideas, finding ways to use pallet wood and reclaimed wood (anything that was free) to dream beyond what we had already going on in the Shop. The work load was small (yet felt big at the time!) and taking any and all jobs that came our way; working late nights on prototypes and concepts that we thought would get us established. Then an opportunity to have a booth at a local Fall Vendor Fair came our way, and we said why not say yes! Those concept ideas got kicked into high gear and the nights got longer and more often as we prepared for something that we had no clue would quickly take our business to the next level; all because we took a chance on a way to meet people and show what we could do. What did we have to lose? We had supportive families that said go for it, so we put in the time and used the resources we had available to design an inviting vendor space full of our woodworking items for sale…which also meant load up part of my house and take items off the walls to fill the space.
Did we sell a ton of inventory at that show? Did we over prepare and leave exhausted and disappointed? Was it 100% worth it? Did it lead to our first spot on TV? Did we meet influential people whom gave excellent advice, ideas, or just become contacts that have continued to lead to other business? Come back to the next blog post where I answer those questions and much more. The behind the scenes tour and never been released info will start rolling. It’s going to be really good!