Losing someone we love is difficult in so many ways. The hurt and healing come in waves and the journey to peace is different for everyone. Our mission is to help you with one step along the path, the challenging task of going through your loved one’s clothing. By transforming some of the most precious pieces into remembrance keepsakes, you have the opportunity to enjoy your memories in a new way with a beautiful tribute in your home.
After Patty lost her husband, she came into our studio to create remembrance keepsakes for her family. Starting with a bin full of neatly folded button downs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball hats, we talked about the members of her family and which pieces of clothing would be most special to them. Through the creation of blankets and ornaments, everyone now has a meaningful gift to honor a man that brought so much joy to their lives.
One of the recipients of a memory blanket made from her Dad’s colorful button downs and t-shirts, is Jamie Jones. Through our time creating her family’s keepsakes and as fellow business owners, Jamie and I have become friends. I would like to introduce you to Jamie, the owner of WhirlAway Travel in West Chester, PA, so she can share a little about her Dad, her path to owning her business, and how she may be able to help you plan your dream vacation.
Jamie, we are so sorry about the loss of your Dad. Can you tell us a little about him?
“Thank you. My dad was amazing. He had a quiet calm about him that was so comforting and reassuring. My dad was a man’s man. He believed in getting up early and doing something productive. I can recall only 2 times when he was too sick to get out of bed! He was a business owner, and when his first business was sold he started another. He was always involved in something, whether it be renovating a house, maintaining one of his rental properties, taking care of his horses, taking his dog on long walks, or spending time with friends and family. He was also my biggest support when I joined the family business.”
I learned from your Mom that WhirlAway Travel is a family business. How long have you been serving the community? What prompted your parents to get into the travel business?
“My mom bought WhirlAway Travel 31 years ago. We have maintained a store front location in West Chester the whole time. Prior to her purchasing the agency my Mom worked for another agency. Entrepreneurship runs in our family. My Dad owned a commercial laundry, which was also a family business. All of my Mom’s brothers and sister own their own businesses as well. I guess we don’t work well for others!”
What was your favorite vacation as a child and as an adult?
“My favorite vacation as a child was to the Cayman Islands. We used to go every Christmas and my parents would go twice a year. The Cayman Islands was our version of the Jersey Shore. As an adult my favorite trip was to Southern Africa. It was not really a vacation but it was the most incredible place I have ever been. I traveled with a few other travel professionals to learn about the destination and experience some of our preferred hotels and resorts. I made some lifelong friends, tasted some of the best food and wine I have ever had, and had the opportunity to see wildlife where they belong, in the wild. “
What are some of the benefits of having you plan a vacation verse trying to do it yourself?
“I would say the biggest benefit of having WhirlAway plan your vacation is that we do this every single day, whereas most people plan a vacation once or twice a year. We are able to cut through the clutter of online information overload and help you find a vacation that is going to fit your needs, not someone else’s. We see destinations and hotels first hand and have partners all over the world for destinations we have not been to. We also can get our clients perks – complimentary breakfast, resort and spa credits, upgrades, etc, that you cannot get on your own. We work on our client’s behalf from the time they hire us until they return so they always have an advocate. We also provide an interactive mobile itinerary so that everything is at their fingertips while they are traveling. When someone asks what we do, I tell them that the only thing we are limited by is the imagination and their budget!”
What are some hot vacation destinations for your clients?
“Hot destinations – Iceland, Africa, the Caribbean, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific, and of course Italy are all in high demand. We are also seeing many more requests for exotic and off the beaten path destinations as well as an increase in domestic travel.”
Thank you for spending time with us today,
WhirlAway Travel believes that opening our minds and hearts to appreciate the diversity that makes us all unique is essential for the future of our world. If you would like Jamie and her team to help you plan your next trip, please visit their website or give them a call 610-431-3642.
If you would like help transforming your special clothing into lasting keepsakes, Once Upon a Time Creation is here for you.