Noodle Theory

March 3, 2015 in Bamboo Flooring

IMG_4584I had lunch with a friend at one of my favorite noodle houses in Oakland yesterday: Noodle Theory. It is a small place with a small menu that is both well-loved and well-patronized. Owner Louise Kao’s concept is simple: get as many friends and family as you can in one room on any day, offer a reasonably priced, seasonal menu featuring noodle dishes from various Asian cultures, infused with elements of California cuisine—and enjoy some great food. That’s exactly what we did.

Noodle Theory’s tabletops are made of Plyboo flat amber plywood, and for the constant use they receive, they’re holding up remarkably well. If you are in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood sometime, stop in, try the noodles and check out the Plyboo tabletops.

Bamboo driftwood.

February 19, 2015 in Bamboo Flooring, FSC-Certified, Sustainability

photoI remember when we first starting manufacturing and importing bamboo flooring in 1993,
telling a friend that “one day you will see a house for sale
and it will describe an interior with bamboo flooring.” I was convinced that this would happen
then, and it has happened, but in ways both different and larger than I had imagined.

As the green movement in manufacturing began to influence and change the market, Smith & Fong
obtained FSC certification for our bamboo resources and developed a soy-based, formaldehyde-free production program. Most of the rest of the market moved to big box store suppliers and mass production.

The other day I was out walking the beach with my daughter and looking down noticed a small
wedge of bamboo flooring mixed in with the other driftwood and mix of organic and inorganic
Debris.

Bamboo flooring has come a long way in 20 years and Smith+Fong  as a company
has had many roads to choose from.  I’m glad that we stayed on the road we chose.

Misura, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

February 12, 2015 in Bamboo Flooring, Installations

Misura2Angus Stocks, president of Smith & Fong, visited the Surfaces flooring show in Las Vegas last month to see new innovations and confirm that bamboo flooring still has a strong foothold in the market. While at the show Angus stopped by the Misura men’s clothing store in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino to review a Plyboo installation of Neopolitan flooring. After years of high-traffic use it looked—and was holding up—great. The high-contrasting colors and fine consistent striations that make up the distinctive Plyboo Neopolitan look are unique to Smith & Fong. Next time you are in Las Vegas, go take a look. It’s a great store and a great floor.

Stacy Willard is Smith & Fong’s new COO 

November 26, 2014 in Bamboo Flooring, Bamboo Plywood

 

StacyWillard copyStacy Willard came to Smith & Fong in 2007 as inventory and logistics manager and quickly became indispensable to the company’s growth and success. This month we’re pleased to announce Stacy’s promotion to the position of chief operations officer (COO).

Over the past eight years, Stacy has come to know the company and our mission in a broader dimension, and he was the natural choice to take on this new and challenging position. He has played a key role in our company’s logistics and supply chain initiatives over the past few years and assuming the role of COO will be a great boost to our management team.

Stacy, a former US Marine, has held numerous management positions in the field of logistics and fulfillment and resides in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and two children.

Our congratulations to Stacy as he takes on this expanded role within our expanding company.

Rainbow Grocery

November 26, 2014 in Bamboo Flooring, Plywood and Veneer, Sustainability

photo 1My family and I love Rainbow Grocery here in San Francisco. Rainbow has been a source of information on healthy eating for us for more then a decade. As soon as we are in the door, my daughter races to the cheese sampling in the far back by the vegetable section, with me in fast pursuit as my wife settles in to the spice section for a long review of their offerings.

To my great pleasure I have discovered that Rainbow Grocery has, in turn, been a Plyboo fan for some years. I first noticed our mutual appreciation society with the application of PlybooSquared end-grain bamboo plywood for seating and tabletops near the Folsom Street entrance. Soon after that, our Havana PlybooStrand plywood popped up in casework at the cosmetics section. This year Rainbow owners redesigned their spice, coffee and bulk foods section, using Plyboo Chocolate bamboo plywood for casework and shelving. As noted, the spice section has always captivated and inspired my wife, and I now get to say it tastes a little better, housed in bamboo.

photo 4Rainbow is a place of discovery on a many levels and having noticed the construction at the front entrance, I took a moment to wander over and see what was manifesting there. Looking to my right I noticed a hidden garden, an oasis by the elevated freeway, with an “open” sign hanging from the verdant fence. I ventured in to take a look and discovered a portable cafe wedged into this small slice of Mission District real estate.

As I got closer I found more Plyboo plywood in use for surface treatments in both the interior and exterior. It looks like this portable cafe and Plyboo have found another place to dwell under the Rainbow.

I ordered two cappuccinos and a hot chocolate and went back to find my family.

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