We had the good fortune of connecting with Wally Stryk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wally, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In 1998, I was looking for a more fulfilling vocation. I traveled to Thailand and fell in love with the handicrafts. I started importing on a small scale and over the years the company has grown. I also fell in love with my wife, who I met in Bangkok. We both enjoy the process of sourcing and providing unique design oriented décor to our customers. Our line is quite varied, including repurposed architectural elements, natural wood tables and stools, and a variety of wood art. The natural wood element has really become mainstream in the last several years and we’re fortunate to have been ahead of the curve in that trend. We now have facilities in Thailand and Van Nuys, Ca. We supply customers worldwide from our Thailand location and have been fulfilling large hospitality projects. This entire process has been rewarding.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Pat and I have enjoyed the process of growing our business though I wouldn’t use the word “easy” by any means. Nothing worth doing is easy and we’ve encountered a few bumps in the road. We’ve always kept our focus and kept difficulties in perspective. We have kept our passion for what we do and have gratitude for our success.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m originally from New England and Pat’s from Thailand so we’ve had many friends visit. I’d have to say a trip up the coast is something that everyone appreciates. It’s nice when things aren’t too structured, leaving time for exploring with no restraints.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife Pat is my biggest supporter. She’s been a driving force that has led to our success, in life and business. We are grateful to the many fine artisans and business owners that we’ve met and become good friends with over the years. Their work and spirit have been inspiring.