Going up, on a Tuesday
My first day at Tucker Blair I was given a small clear plastic box for coasters and was asked to find them cheaper (the dimensions were 4inx4inx15/8). I was scared to death because halfway through my search, I thought I wasn't going to be able to find them. Fortunately for me (and the company's bank account), after about an hour and fifteen minutes of searching, I finally found them. After that, they asked me to do something a lot less stressful and I recovered from the doom of potentially failing at my first task.
Although I have only been with them for a short while, Tucker Blair has been one of the best jobs I have ever had. Being a very intimate work place, someone is always laughing about something. I go into Beacon Hill on Tuesdays, and every single time I have been there owner has diligently played "Tuesday" by ILOVEMAKKONEN.
One time, I was told to go buy a large pumpkin from DeLuca's market down the street to throw out the window because it would “make a really cool instagram picture”. I lugged back a 22 pound pumpkin to the second story apartment turned office where the general consensus was that we should not, in fact, throw the pumpkin out of the window--for fear of hitting someone walking on the sidewalk or a parked car.
All the funny stuff aside, interning at Tucker Blair has been an awesome opportunity to learn more about up and coming businesses. The company so clearly possesses three traits that are vital to any budding company. They are customer obsessed, market driven and provide a quality product.
If there is a problem with your order, you will always get a person on the phone with you to immediately figure out your situation. Being market driven, they provide their product at a cheaper price than their competition, but they do not skimp on the quality. Their belts and accessories are hand stitched and complemented with beautiful dark brown leather. These tangible parts of the company are what first attracted me to the position.
Nonetheless, one of my favorite parts of the company is something the average person does not normally get to experience--an open office environment. Much like the very small scale of the Warby Parker office, the TB office is open for questions anytime you have one. You pretty much yell it out and wait for someone to reply with an answer. Personally, I've never wanted to work in a cubicle, and having an open workspace is inviting, increases productivity, and makes work feel a lot less like work.
Yes, I do still take out the trash and walk down Charles Street to the post office - where a hilarious Dwight Schrute character goes by the name of Matt and makes sure you "stand behind the sign so the current customer has full access to the screen". However, I have been fortunate enough to have a position where I may take out the trash one minute, but the next I could be writing drafts for belt descriptions in the new catalogue.
Lucy Alexander is a part of the CSOM class of 2019 hoping to major in finance and international studies. She is an avid exerciser, a coxswain for the men's rowing team and writes for The Tab BC.