Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Chain Gang

We have posted this before, but not since 2013.  So, for our newer Stylists: Have you ever wondered how we came up with the names of our various chains? 

When Karen and I first started Vessel and were choosing our chains, we numbered them.  This system proved to be less than useful, as it was difficult to remember a chain by the number.  So we decided to name the chains instead.  In considering what names to use, we came upon the idea of honoring the various girls/women in our lives by naming chains after those we love.  I can't believe what a difference it made in being able to remember exactly which chain was which. 

I'd like to introduce you to these women and girls.  I think after you get to know the people behind the chain names, it might help you remember too!  

In order of age, from youngest to wisest, I'm happy to introduce you to the Gals Behind the Chains:


Kaiya is my 9 year-old granddaughter, and the apple of Grammie's eye! Kaiya swims, dances, skis, plays soccer, and too many other things to list.  She is in a Chinese Immersion school, as is her younger brother Teague.


Ashlyn is Karen's almost 14 year old niece. She loves to be involved and help with whatever is going on. When she was just 8, she was the youngest person to compete in, and complete her city's sprint-triathlon.
Alexa is Karen's 17 year old niece. She loves dance and music. She also excels in school with straight A's and is a great tennis player. 


Elodie is Karen's 19 year old niece. She is in her first year of college at Brigham Young University, and just received a church mission call to serve in Brazil.  Elodie is an A student, and is an excellent pianist and violinist.

Kristen is my youngest daughter.  Kristen is married to Sterling and has an adorable five year old son, Atticus, and a 20 month old daughter, Zoe.  She is currently enjoying life as a stay-at-home mom.  They are moving to Poland for a temporary work assignment for Sterling. 

Stephanie is my oldest daughter.  It was hard to find a photo of Steph where she wasn't skiing, hiking, biking or running.  She and her family are extremely active!  In addition to being Kaiya's mom, she's also mom to handsome Teague (7) and wife to Mickel.  


Becky is Karen's youngest sister. She holds the current record for the highest sales at a Vessel party. She also loves to travel the world, and is trying to figure out a trip itinerary that will take her to Maine and North Dakota, the only two states she hasn't yet visited.

Laura is Karen's older sister. She has been so supportive of Vessel, even offering some of her home-space as Vessel warehouse space in the beginning stages of the business. Like the rest of the family, she loves to travel, and has been to all 50 states and many countries around the world.


Jeanne is Karen's mom. She'll be 83 this year and is as active as ever. She still enjoys the annual family camping trip, and she shows her love everyday to her five daughters and 13 grandchildren.

We love and admire these people so much.  They inspire us to create the best company possible.  They support us and love us, and we couldn't possibly have made it without them.  

And don't worry ... we have plenty of other gals in our lives for future product names! 

Love, Susan