I grew up in Jericho, graduated from Rice, and earned a BS in Economics from the College of Charleston, South Carolina. I returned to Vermont to work with my dad at Wendell's Furniture in Colchester, helping in sales and administration, before moving on to become a Staffing Recruiter and Branch Manager at Adecco, a global workforce solutions leader. I joined the Vermont Bed Store in 2007, as Business Manager, where Steve and I selected the mattresses, beds, Vermont made and kids' furniture. I also hired and trained our staff, and created our marketing strategy. And... I tried out all the beds in the store... a lot.
After 10 years, I'm a total mattress nerd. I once sweet talked a mattress rep into getting me a tour of a foam factory, just so I could see more about how beds are made. We're always seeing who's read the latest sleep studies or learned all about the latest materials. We're very selective about our vendors, and we tour factories often to make sure we stay at the top of our game.
When working with customers or training sleep consultants, I focus on three things: a casual environment where customers feel comfortable; creating comparisons where people can make their own choices; and learning all about our products and customers.
I've slept on Gold Bond, Beautyrest, Tempur-pedic and Enso mattresses, and my pillow collection includes Comforpedic, Tempur-pedic, and Dr. Breus. I have Copeland, Bolton, Atlantic, and Innovations furniture in my home.
Want to know if memory foam is hot, if that pillow is really going to help your neck ache, or whether those self closing drawer glides will make a difference? Does your child really need a toddler bed? Come see me - I'm your Champlain Valley Sleep Expert. Tara@vtbedstore.com