Posts Tagged ‘Acaciaware’

Just Around The Corner

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Acaciaware® Salad Bowl

As I was making breakfast the other day, the blast of a car’s horn announced that carpool -usually 10 minutes late- was, on this particular Friday, 10 minutes early. My teenager, frantically searching for her physics book, intercepted a half finished tuna sandwich from her mother, grabbed a breakfast bar from the cupboard, and ran out the door in a jaw-dropping blur of speed. My wife sighed and muttered, “I can’t wait for summer.”

Neither can I.

I love the way life slows down just a bit during summer. Work still beckons, often seven days a week, but the days are longer, the sun is sunnier, and balmy breezes are redolent with flowers in full bloom, copious amounts of sunscreen, and best of all, the mesquite from my grill. Summer, I thought to myself, is just around the corner. I could almost smell it!

That night, I decided to pull the grill out of the garage in honor of the impending season. As I worked over smoking coals, my wife set the patio table with placemats from our Malibu Collection: several different colors from aqua to lime to cobalt, topped with square white dishes and multi-colored napkins. When the salad was tossed (in one of our beautiful Acaciaware™ salad bowls!) the chicken plated, and wine glasses topped off, we sat down to eat. There was still a bit of chill in the air, so I lit the outdoor heater. Nevertheless, I felt transported to that special state of mind that is summer. ..Almost.

Just as I closed my eyes to savor the moment, I heard the blast of a car’s horn. My daughter grabbed a chicken leg, and ran into the house with a vaguely familiar blur of speed. “Thanks for the barbecue! Gotta Go! Back by ten!” My wife and I shared a look, and a laugh. Then clinked our wine glasses together. “Here’s to summer!”

Note: Pacific Merchants Malibu Collection place mats have the look and feel of natural woven fabric, but are actually made from polypropylene. This easy to clean material resists moisture and bacterial growth and will not stain or fade. Simply wipe clean. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, as well as every season! Acaciaware™Acacia hardwood salad bowls are also ideal for any occasion, from barbeque to formal feast, and are as beautiful as they are durable!

Entertaining Is Serious Business!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

If we weren’t such a bunch of foodies at Pacific Merchants Trading Company, we wouldn’t be in the restaurant supply business. We like to dine out, we like to dine in. We just like to dine. Yes, “Eat, drink and be merry!” could almost be our company motto.

Entertaining is a big part of our lifestyle. Having said that, Pacific Merchant’s company mantra is actually, “Exceed Customer Expectations.” Which is why our beautiful range of restaurant supply products – gorgeous Acaciaware™ serving trays and serving platters, classic Mason Cash bakeware and serveware, fashion forward MacFab, Saleen and Counter Culture placemats and cutting surfaces, and other hand crafted small wares – have a wide range of benefits that guarantee a lifetime of enjoyment.

We start with attractive designs, because first impressions are important. But our products are about more than good looks. They are also extremely well crafted, durable, easy to clean, versatile, and of exceedingly high value. Because once the party is over, we still have a business to run. And our success is based on exceeding your expectations time after time.

Tray, Tres Chic!

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Pacific Merchants' Acaciaware® Serving Tray

The image of a stodgy British butler in black tie and tails is what comes to mind for many when they hear the words “serving tray.” Perhaps some of us watched a bit too much “Masterpiece Theater” (namely my Anglophile wife) in days gone by. Nevertheless, there is a reason the British have always been associated with fine service. Presentation. They really have it down pat. But guess what? In this day and age, when the butler and parlor maid are you and your mate, entertaining is a completely different ball of wax. The key to successful entertaining in today’s home is the ability to combine graciousness with informality. And what better way to do so, than with our gorgeous line of acaciaware serving trays.

There’s a reason today’s restaurant supply houses and fine dining establishments place a premium on Pacific Merchants serveware. Our serving pieces are beautiful, functional and warmly tactile. Their lustrous finishes, easy clean up, and substantial feel make them a natural for the home as well as hotels, restaurants and caterers around the country. So whip out that Pacific Merchants tray, the sexy butler or maid costume, and let’s party! Here, here!!!

Project: Typhoon Recovery

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Over the last ten years, the craftspeople who work at our Philippine factories have made beautiful, hand crafted acaciaware that provides our customers with unparalleled quality and enduring beauty. These craftspeople represent several hundred families who thrive, in large part, because of their successful partnership with Pacific Merchants and the strong, loyal customer base we provide for their exceptional woodenware.

This past month, super Typhoon Ondoy brought a month’s worth of rainfall to Metro Manila and the outlining Philippine towns in just a few hours, causing severe flooding which resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. Eight days later, Typhoon Pepeng struck the northern regions causing more damage. More than four million people have been affected by the ravages of these two major typhoons. Beside the loss of life, electricity is still out in many outlying areas, access roads have been washed away, telephone service is still out, and the production of wood at factories such as ours has been at a standstill for several weeks. The good news is that the factories are slowly coming back to life.

After learning about the full extent of the crisis just this last weekend, Pacific Merchants has committed to aid our friends in this devastated country. Effective immediately, we are launching Project: Typhoon Recovery. Through November, Pacific Merchants will donate a significant percentage of profits to recovery efforts in the Philippines.

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