Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending an open house at Access Options in Sunnyvale, CA. An open house at a Mobility Equipment Dealer is great event and a worthwhile for anyone in a wheelchair/scooter, or for any caregiver or family member with someone who has limited mobility. Whether you are in the marketing for a wheelchair, scooter, wheelchair van, scooter lift, etc., or whether you just purchased a mobility product, these events are always festive and fun.
Most open houses have manufacturer’s representatives present (like me), products for you to see, touch and demonstrate and of usually lots of great food and a fun atmosphere. It’s one day where business owners and the staff get to let their hair down and enjoy their customers and members of the community by opening up their doors. It’s equally as enjoyable for customers or people looking for any mobility product because you have lots of knowledge and attention at your fingertips. Our dealers are very knowledgeable about VMI and our products, but its nice to have a factory representative there to answer any questions a customer or wheelchair user may have.
This particular open house on Saturday had 12 wheelchair vans on display, from used models that were priced in the $20,000 range up to the latest and greatest 2009 fullly loaded vans. There seemed to be a van that could suit everyone’s needs. They also had a lot of product displayed for people who don’t need a lowered floor wheelchair van, but just need a little help getting around. There was also a representative there from a major wheelchair and scooter manufacturer who brought a couple of new wheelchairs for people to check out.
Despite the inclement weather, it was a great day. One of the service managers was grilling up hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers all day which turned out perfect. There was a few guide dogs running around helping their owners but mostly they were frolicking about, taking advantage of the loose environment. I have been to other open houses where they have face painting clowns for the kids, nurses to give complimentary blood pressure tests and a DJ spinning some great tunes!
Thanks to Marc, Margaret, TR, Thom, Colleen and the rest of the Access Options staff for putting on such a great event!