Why? Cuz we’re a small business in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA (voted best place to live in the US!). We take pride in our creative and original handmade products (no cookie-cutter designs or out-of-country imports) at Right On The Walls!
EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of our original products is designed by our staff, and proudly Made In The USA! Hooray! (Cue patriotic music)
So … Let me take you on a behind-the-scenes tour and introduce you to some of the people joyfully creating super products — just for you.
We’re located in a very historic building (built 1904-1907) that was once the largest warehouse between New York and Chicago, with river barges and trains unloading their cargo inside. The industrial feel of our workspace feels ultra-modern and hip to us. (Plus, we’ve been told the building is HAUNTED! How fun is that?)
Welcome to the Wall Decal Production Shop
Okay, enough gazing out the window … there’s work to be done!
This is Portia. At Right On The Walls, she cuts and removes excess vinyl from decals. This is professionally called “weeding,” but in our shop we refer to it fondly as “sticker pickin’.” lol. Portia is ALSO a mom to an adorable two-year-old daughter, a tattoo artist, and jewelry designer.
Meet Michele. Michele sticker-picks too, and she runs one of our tape machines. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may feel like you already know her since we’re pals and I’ve featured her in my blog before. Outside of Right On The Walls, Michele is a professional writer and also enjoys making jewelry and spending time with her 3 cats. (“I am NOT a crazy cat lady!” ~Michele)
See the TV in the upper right of the above photo? Our very cool “boss lady” Bunny ordered cable so we can hear “The Ellen Show” in the background daily! Yes, we DO break out and dance along. How can we not?
Meet Candee. Candee fills in as needed — in any position we need her. She’s our shop comedian, and enjoys all kinds of crafting, but especially wreath-making.
Last, but not least: Meet Bunny. We call her “boss lady” Bunny. She’s the founder of Right On The Walls, and heads up our design and web teams. Outside of the office Bunny enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their 2 cats. These days, Bunny is busy with diy home remodeling, decorating, and painting — updating their 1950′s home.
Our shop is filled with “interesting” objects that help fuel the creativity.This hand chair is one of my favorites! It might not look so comfy, but ooohh, it IS!
Let’s Visit the Wedding Shop
This photo shows white and ivory aisle runners … cut and hemmed, ready for printing. We print monograms and other personalized artwork on aisle runners, table runners, and more in our wedding division called Right Down The Aisle.
One of our graphic designers works at this desk in the ROTW Wedding Shop developing new bridal designs, and helping customers with customized requests.
Take A Quick Peek at our Office Area
Moving on to Storage
We ship most of our packages out USPS Priority Mail. Sorting and packaging orders can be crazy. We use large hampers to transport our boxes to the shipping/loading dock in the basement of our building.
That pink shipping tag means an order is headed somewhere far away and foreign and exotic! I think it’s fascinating that we have so many international customers; places like England, Ireland, Anguilla, Egypt, Thailand … lots to Canada and Australia.
We take full hampers to the bottom floor for pick-up.
While we’re down here at the dock, I just want to point out our recycling area. Right On The Walls recycles plastic, cardboard, paper, aluminum and more. We save unused vinyl and donate it to schools and non-profit organizations for craft projects. We’re trying to do our part to help save the planet!
So … that brings us to the end of the tour. Hope you enjoyed getting an insider’s view of the place, and learning how every product is produced right here in the good ol’ USA! Please email me now if you would like me to share more about our business or if you have any questions. I love questions!