Niagara Gazette —
Since then, Marcia’s company has become a family affair. Her husband Michael does the marketing, her adult sons Daniel and David help with production, and the rest of her family have helped at every opportunity.
Golimowski, her niece, is the design engineer for Beach Bright, and helped her aunt design the flip flops.
“The challenge was finding the right parts that not only look beautiful but work appropriately,” said Golimowski, who is also plant manager at Stollberg Group in Niagara Falls.
After appearing in two international beach trade shows in Florida, Marcia has sold Beach Bright Flip Flops to a number of major beach hotels, including the Don Cesar in St. Pete Beach, Fla., and the Ritz Carlton in St. Thomas. The purchasing manager for five of the retail shops in the Don Cesar chain, Julie Hicks, said she wore a pair of Beach Bright Flip Flops to a party on the beach in St. Pete one recent weekend.
“I cannot tell you how many people stopped me and asked me about them,” Hicks said.
“They’re so cute,” she added of the flip flops. “People just love them.”
The flip flops are being sold locally at Hock’s Flower Shop in North Tonawanda and Capello’s Salon in Amherst, and the company has also just signed a contract to provide flip flops exclusively to an online site, www.erevolutionventures.com.
“It’s been a challenge to bring a product to market,” Marcia said. “But, it’s been a very exciting journey.”
“My dream is that I’m walking a beach one night,” she added, “and I see all these lights coming toward me, from people wearing my flip flops.”