Old Pros

5 Apr

After a great spring break, the staff at the Swanky Swine hit the ground running.  On Wednesday, a reporter from the Tampa Bay Times came to observe the store and interview our employees.  Logan talked to the reporter a long time and did a great job answering all her questions (even if he did tell her that math wasn’t his favorite class). Dimitri also showed her how to add new items to the inventory and Marlena gave her a full tour of the school.  Now that the employees have been on TV, the nerves seems to be gone. They are acting like old pros and absolutely love talking to the press.

The story is supposed to come out next week (4/10/13) and we can’t wait to read it.  We hope it brings attention to not only the importance of transitional service but also to our school, Woodlawn Community Academy.


We were also featured in this month’s issue of Good Living magazine!   You can see the issue by clicking here and we’ve posted a screenshot below.  Thank you to our parents and supporters who have shared our story!

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Today was also our busiest and most profitable day to date! The employees worked really hard and ran the whole shift with limited teacher support.  It’s amazing to see them gain confidence and improve their skills.  We are so proud to see how far they have all come this year and are excited to see them continue to grow in future years.


There are several ways to help support our students in this endeavor.  We are selling brand new t-shirts that were printed by our friends Merica and Jake Stum at Brooks Screen Printing (pictured below. Thanks Merica!).  They come in several shades of grey, are vintage cut and are only $20 (100% of the profits support the Swanky Swine).   We don’t have an online shopping cart set up yet but if you’d like one you can email us at theswankyswine@gmail.com or on Facebook.  We even have kids sizes!


We also have a golf tournament coming up on May 4th that will benefit our transition program. We will even have a Swanky Swine booth set up on the golf  course. Our employees are thrilled about our first public event! We’re looking for golfers and hole sponsors.  For more information visit our event page by clicking here.


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