5 Reasons We’re Grateful This Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving week, and we’re getting ready to gather with family and friends, to share a meal, and hopefully enjoy each other’s company.  It’s a fine time for us at Rainbow Movers, in our 35th year, to remember all we have to be thankful for:

Our Rainbow Movers team

One of the best things about running our moving business is the team that we have here.  Some of us have worked together for more than 25 years, most for a decade or more.  We share the same values – an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay and dedication to serving our customer’s needs. It feels good to get up in the morning knowing that if we do our job well today, our customers will keep returning, their associates will hear about us, and our business will continue successfully.

Brooklyn

We love our neighborhood.  Park Slope and Gowanus have grown larger and buildings have grown taller, but they remain diverse communities filled with vibrant, forward-looking people, who occupy a wide range of ethnicities and incomes. This neighborhood still has the pulse of old New York. We are especially grateful for resources like the Park Slope Parents website, an essential online community that helps the families that we move into our neighborhood.

Our landlord and his team

As many renters know, having a great landlord is rare. Especially in the impersonal world of leasing a commercial space, good landlords are hard to find. We are very fortunate to have not only a great space for our office and warehouse, but also to have as our neighbor, a terrific landlord and his team, who are ecologically conscious, civic minded, and honest.

Our extended team

We’re also fortunate to have many wonderful resources. They are not only great partners for our business, but many of them have also become great friends. If you take a look in our moving resources section, you will see many of our friends and partners listed here. We have personally worked with all of the people, and we heartily recommend their services.

Great stories

If you have been reading this site for a while, you’ve probably seen some of our movers’ tales. Another of the rewards of being in business for so long is the opportunity to meet and get to know so many people.  Everyone has their own unique story, and it is fascinating to hear them.   Now we have some too!

I like to hear other people’s stories.  In the early mornings when I commute into the office, I love to play NPR podcasts , particularly The Moth and This American Life-engaging programs telling true stories.

What are you grateful for this year? Best wishes for a peaceful, and fun holiday!

Lenny’s Lounge – November 2014 Favorites

It has been a busy season of traveling to music concerts, getting our garden ready for the winter and of course moving families to their new homes.

“Every day might as well be the sweet spot between yesterday and tomorrow.”

Here are some of my favorite songs.  No matter your taste in music – I suspect you may agree with me on at least some (or most) of my favorites below. Share with me what some of our favorites have been this month.

What I am listening to now 

One of my favorite concert memories

Ray Charles around 1963, at a once grand old movie theater under the elevated trains in Jamaica Queens.  Full house, there with a few friends, show started late, crowd impatient, then amazing, first the band, then Ray Charles on piano with the band, then him singing, then with the Raylettes, then the crowd on its feet dancing, singing along, then the band standing too, things getting wild, the police appear-filing into the aisles and at the foot of the stage, the show being stopped, Ray Charles telling both the police and the crowd to cool down, the police back away stand against the walls, the band pick right up where they left off, the crowd still up on its feet getting right back to the party, an encore of What I Say with a new arrangement, the Raylettes back on stage for the call and answer, amazing, exhilarating, exhausting, inspiring, and then out onto the street in Jamaica close to midnight, needing to find the F Train to get to the bus, to get home to Elmont.

Enjoy!

Resonating Resources

Many people find that after completing their move they are ready to make other changes in their lives. We like recommending people who have helped us, whose businesses are extensions of the good people they are.  They help us to keep changing for the better, in our public and private lives:

  • Driving Improved Results – Jeri Quinn is a business coach specializing in working with accounting firms, and creative and service businesses. She is a life changing person.  Find a way to meet her, start with a chat and my bet is she will change yours.  Her website has a wealth of resources to help entrepreneurs and all kinds of business people.
  • Delicious Life Health Coaching – Christy Goldfeder is a nutrition and wellness coach who empowers people to easily lose the last 10 or 15 pounds, reduce stress and increase energy while ditching the struggle and strict dieting. She works with clients in the New York City area as well as across the country in easy 7-day nutritional detox classes, individual coaching and group programs.
  • Bischof Legal – Having an estate plan is essential if you want to preserve more of your assets for your family and have the peace of mind knowing that your plan will be carried out the way you wish.  The Law Offices of George L. Bischof help people and families protect and preserve their assets by preparing wills, trusts, health care proxies, powers of attorney, and assisting with estates in probate or intestacy.
  • Orion iIT -They have expertise in most things Macintosh, but we came to know Jeff Haynor and his team when we engaged them to help us to setup the Daylite CRM program.  If you don’t want the time wasting frustration of wrestling with help pages, and online discussions and you DO want to adapt a great CRM program to your business needs, we recommend Orion iIT.

~Lenny

[Photo courtesy of Paul Kirk at Paul Kirk Galleries]