Today was my last day with the guys at Pacific Rink. The day started off normally with some order fulfillment, and after I finished, I worked on formatting the last of the website photos, hoping I could finish it up before I left. Much to Jason and Brad’s delight, today I was able to finish all of the rest of the photos, and therefore complete the website’s transformation, which was pretty cool! After a while, I took a break from that and asked them a bunch of questions, because I wanted to take advantage of their business experience and get all of the answers I could out of them before I left. We talked about a lot of things, ranging from how they started the business legally (as far as obtaining a license/filing for taxes/etc) to how they found a bag designer and created their original prototype. While we were talking about this, Jason took back to the warehouse and brought down a bunch of old, dusty, prototype bags, all from different stages of the design process. This was really interesting, and probably one of my favorite things I did, because he basically went through the story of the company all the way from the start, using the different stages of the bags to help show their progress, all the way until the final version they started their Kickstarter based on, and the slightly tweaked one that they now sell. While we were doing this, Brad was on the phone with another hockey company that runs some kind of prospect camp considering doing a small exhibition for the players that were invited there. I listened in on a little bit of this conversation, and when he was done, we all went out to lunch.
After lunch, I fulfilled another order that had come in, and Jason filmed me and made it into a time-lapse, which he put on the company’s Instagram story captioned “Donny’s last package” or something like that. I haven’t really talked about it thus far, but Instagram, more specifically Instagram stories, is a huge part of Pacific Rink’s social media presence, and Jason runs all of it himself. Throughout my time, he’s always been coming up with different ideas for funny shots or creative sequences, and has created a kind of series known as the “Intern Watch” that is supposedly very popular with all of their followers (or so he tells me). His idea for today was to do an Instagram live stream at the end of the day to interview me regarding my time with them, say goodbye, and let people ask questions to me. This was fun, and he finished off the stream with a short little speech to me about how much they appreciated everything I’d done for them, which was really sweet and showed how much they care (they’re both really great guys). 🙂 Last but not least, Jason’s wife and kids showed up (both wearing little custom made Pacific Rink shirts of course), and she brought in a cake that she had baked from scratch. This was so sweet and I couldn’t thank them enough, and I think it really highlights what amazing people they all are. I couldn’t have picked a better Senior Project, and I’m looking forward to returning one day, if anything just to stop by, say hi, and help out a little bit, or even just to go play some pick-up hockey with them, which we already plan on doing sometime soon! Thanks for an amazing three weeks!