It's hard to believe, but Stone Creek Trading is 10 years old tomorrow! To celebrate, we thought it would be fun to share a few numbers from the last 10 years of this small family business!
April 17, 2013 - The day we finally hit publish and launched the website to the public! We started this business in our 1 car garage. Those first few shipments filled the entire space, and we ended up with overflow into our living room as well!
5L Boleslawiec Fermenting Crock - This is the very first product we sold to someone we didn't know. It was also the product that gave us the idea to start the business in the first place. And to date it is still the most popular product we sell!
34 - The number of shipments we have imported from Poland since we launched! The first 7 shipments were pallets, and all happened in 2013. And then -
May 15, 2014 - The day our first small container arrived! It seemed like so much product, but just under a year later we doubled it with a full size container!
November 10, 2014 - The New York Times published "Master of the Hard Shell", a review of their favorite nutcrackers, including our Mushroom Nutcracker!
8,433 - The number of Nutcrackers we have sold in 10 years!
Black Friday, 2014 - Our 2nd daughter is born on the biggest shopping day of the year! So of course, we stopped by UPS to drop off orders on the way to the hospital.
May 2016 - Our first product sourcing trip to Poland! Up until this point, Kryz's father had been handling everything in Poland. But after 3 years in business, we were able to make the trip to visit our facility in Poland!
October 2016 - We stepped up our branding game by getting this custom box stamping machine made in Poland. We also transitioned to having 90% of our packing supplies made in Poland as well. We are committed to our tagline of making sure our business really is "Made in Poland"!
July 2017 - We upgraded our Luna Glass Crock Weights Packaging! Since 2017, it is completely made from custom cardboard, making it 100% recyclable.
March 13, 2018 - We received our first patent for our Luna Glass Crock Weights!
10,764 - The number of Luna Glass Crock Weights we have sold!
5.5" - the most popular size of our Luna Glass Crock Weights, with 29% of the total sold. The 6.5" and 8.5" were the first sizes we made, designed to fit in our 5L & 10L Boleslawiec fermenting crock. Those sizes were so popular, we soon added the 5.5" and 7.5".
4.5" - This was the last size of the Luna Glass Crock Weights we added. We had to 3d print the size to make sure it would fit in our smallest crocks!
August 2019 - We returned to Poland to find more new products, including our line of Polish Folk Art!
March 2020 - We have never been more thankful that we run our own online business.
August 2021 - We returned to Poland and visited where many of our items are made. It was amazing to tour the facilities with our artisans and see our products in all stages of completion!
Spring 2022 - We imported the largest number of nutcrackers we ever have, and still sold out of them before we could restock!
April 2023 - And here we are, 10 years! This blog post covers many highlights in the 10 years of this small family business, but it doesn't begin to illustrate the journey it has been.
We launched this business with the goal of being able to work for ourselves so that we could be a bigger part of our then 3 year old daughter's life. That little girl is now 13 years old, and she has an 8 year old sister too! You probably purchase from us just because you like our products and the price works for you, but know that every order means that our family gets to keep on living our dream. And for that, there is no way for us to even begin to thank you for the last 10 years!