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from the publisher’s desk
MARCH IS ONE of those in-between months. It is still
too cool in much of the country to enjoy the outdoors,
but, after a particularly brutal winter, we just can’t wait for
spring. To help pass the final days of winter, this month is
a great time to clean up your house and prepare your yard
for a glorious garden. We’ve filled this issue with ideas to
inspire you, starting with our cover story about Costco
supplier and entrepreneur Jennifer Adams.
Adams turned her dreams into reality and created her
own interior-design business. She later landed a job as the
on-air designer for an HGTV show, and for the past seven
seasons has filmed weekly segments filled with decorating
advice and tips for The Better Show. She writes for several publications and recently published her first book. Adams went on to develop a line of luxury bed linens that we proudly
sell in our warehouses and on Costco.com. You can read more about her life and business
starting on page 26.
It not only feels good to do a thorough spring-cleaning, it is also good for you! You’ll
find four helpful tips to make the job a little easier on page 43. March is also a good time
to check the health of your yard. We’ve included a checklist for tree care, pruning advice
and even suggestions for hiring a professional arborist beginning on page 30, with lawn-care and garden ideas starting on page 35.
Our warehouses and website are stocked with beautiful patio furniture, pots, flowers,
barbecue grills and outdoor cleaning supplies. When the job is done, you can safely and
neatly store your lawn tools and supplies in a new storage shed, also available in our
warehouses or on Costco.com for delivery to your home.
After all of that cleaning, you’ve earned a special treat from the Costco bakery.
Sue McConnaha, vice president of Costco’s bakery operations, offers an inside tour of a
busy bakery in our Buying Smart story, beginning on page 82. Be sure to check out our
seasonal spring goodies the next time you are in the warehouse.
Happy spring-cleaning from all of us at Costco. C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
THE THEME of this month’s issue is home and garden,
and that certainly includes spring-cleaning. It’s a particularly timely topic for me and The Connection staff, because
as I write this column we have just completed a department move. My desk is a confusion of files, trays, bins,
notes, letters and papers, surrounded by no fewer than
nine storage boxes. At least I can reach my computer.
As I unpack, I have resolved to spring-clean my work-space: Out with the old, in with the new. It hasn’t been
easy, but I have been able to divide the hodgepodge into
Important work stuff. One pile consists of papers that I need every day, such as
copies of pending Connection articles for review, the page maps we use to plan our issues,
invoices to sign and miscellaneous mail. A second stack is made up of files categorized
by topics, though I can’t remember the rhyme or reason why “Agendas” is in the same
group as “Small-business ideas.” My goal: Clear my desk of everything except one basket
for pressing daily documents, and file everything else in sensible categories.
Personal knick-knacks. What does one do with family pictures, a small stuffed
orca, a cup of pens and pencils, favorite CDs, a baseball signed by the kids I coached,
a diploma from Costco University, a collection of beach rocks—you get the idea.
My goal: Find a way to personalize this cubicle without cluttering it.
Old things. Four boxes are teeming with old stories, notes, story ideas, press
releases—and reams of the same from my predecessors. The nearby paper recycling bin
is getting full, but I don’t have the heart to toss memos from the early Connections.
My goal: Find a hidden corner for much of this, and leave disposal for the next person.
I bet that many of you have undertaken similar projects. Send me your best desktop
spring-cleaning tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share them in a future story. C
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco