Our customers are always impressed by the fun, friendly atmosphere within the stores and it’s because we love our jobs. Colleagues also become family and family becomes colleagues – literally! After a few years of working at The Container Store, I recruited my husband Vernon to work here too. His positions have changed over the years, but he’s always been in the Distribution Center and is the only employee in the DC with a 12-year perfect attendance record! So, it was extra special for us to get to go on my 20-year tenure trip together.
For my trip, I chose to see the beauty and wonder of Alaska on a week-long luxury cruise ship with exciting excursions in mainland ports. Alaska is amazing. Every port was full of new and exciting adventures. Our first tour outside of Juneau was river rafting (white water rapids included) off the Mendenhall Glacier. For a couple of southerners, that 37 degree water was cold!
The next day we went to Skagway and took the White Pass & Yukon Route train to the Canadian border where we discovered some of the most beautiful scenery we have even seen. Then we arrived at Glacier Bay the following day and were awed by the beauty and grandeur of the glaciers, which were taller than our ship and went on for miles back into the mountain range. The air was so clean and refreshing. We witnessed the calving off of the glacier face, which was the highlight of our trip.
Another fun excursion was zip-lining through the forest outside of Ketchikan where from the top of the trees we could see for miles. The forests were so green and lush that it is hard to believe that this part of the world could be so spectacular given the harsh winters. This trip was more wonderful than we could have ever imagined!
What makes The Container Store so special? I have been with the company for 21+ years and from my first interview I knew The Container Store would be a home for me. It’s the people who start out as co-workers or bosses and become friends and mentors. It is the people who, though caring and leadership helped me learn lessons that became valuable in both my professional and personal life. I’m so proud to be a part of this family!
Cheryl S., Fort Worth Store, 20+ years