In Spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love–and for Washington, DC, customer George Guszcza also to the Murphy sofa in Vance Emerald. He had planned to propose to his girlfriend, Karole Fristensky, on the Murphy sofa in what was to be their new home. Unfortuately, a glitch temporarily derailed last Friday’s closing, and so George approached Team Lead Jen Flagg with Plan B: Could he purchase one off our showroom floor and have it delivered to a park, where he would surprise Karole with both ring and the pretty green sofa? Since we never sell furniture off the showroom floor, she offered George the option of coming into the showroom early this lovely Sunday morning, before the store opened. The Murphy sofa was waiting on the fourth floor, dressed up with a black Saarinen cocktail table and vase of fresh flowers.
George and Karole arrived at 10:30. George was in suit and tie, gussied up for the suprise engagement party he had secretly arranged with all their family and friends at a nearby restaurant. Karole, thinking she was just going to look at a “floor sample” sofa, had declined George’s suggestion she dress up for “an event” later in the day. She was wearing jeans and a tee-shirt. I was lucky enough to be the one to let them into the showroom and take them to the sofa. Then I begged off, saying we had a staff meeting. They were to come down to get us if they had any questions.
We were all a bit nervous for George. About 20 minutes later, I went back to see them. “So,” I ventured, “have you two made any decisions?” A smiling, teary-eyed, and very surprised Karole flashed her new diamond ring. George grinned. “And we’ll take the sofa!” he said.
A first for Room & Board, Washington, DC!