Reporting Andrea Menniti
TURLOCK (CBS13) – A little bear chair started off as a gift from a Turlock grandfather to his grandson, but now it’s about to hit it big on the Internet.
Facebook has picked up the chair and will showcase it on a new area of its website.
As of now, the mom-and-pop-style business sells one or two chairs a day, but the hope is to kick that number up to a hundred.
“We are very excited for this opportunity; this is a really big deal for us,” said Bob Reed, owner of Reed Design.
When Reed was hired to do cabinetry work for a Facebook employee, he had no idea the opportunity would turn into more than just a single job.
“She really liked the little bear chair, so she passed the information along to her people,” said Reed.
He says the little bear chair got a lot of likes at Facebook headquarters.
“We’ve incorporated a bookshelf under the seat so kids can store their books, sit, rock and read at the same time,” said Reed.
It’s now part of the newly launched Facebook Gifts, which is catapulting the small business into the spotlight.
“Today we went live on Facebook as Facebook Gifts, as a gift people can give to their friends,” said Reed.
The solid wood chairs, designed for children up to 8-years-old, were first built by Reed’s father.
“We really wanted to build something that would be heirloom quality that will last for years and years,” said Reed.
Reed anticipates orders will pour in around the holidays, and that means he’ll likely hire people to work at the small shop.
“We will probably hire an additional five to 15 people by December this year,” said Reed.
Reed hopes the partnership with Facebook will take his business to the next level.