Finalist, Revenue Under $2 Million
Patdo Light Studio
Port Chester, NY
It has been called “Potato,” “Patio” and even “Pat-Doo.” Joking on its website that it has “the worst name in great lighting,” Patdo Lighting might be hard to pronounce, but it is easy to understand why the company has found success. A boutique-style showroom that specializes in high-end lighting, the store has been in business for 35 years. Full lighting design services are available. Whether a customer needs an entire houseload of lighting or just a single chandelier, Patdo will look at the plans or photos, or make a visit to the site in order to pick something unique to the space and buyer.
The staff is like a family. Everyone truly likes what they do for a living, and it shows. Employees stay for years and years; there is very little turnover. Likewise, the company showed its loyalty to its people by retaining all employees during the 2009 downturn. ALA webinars, local seminars and weekly manufacturer “product show-and-tell” sessions create a professional working environment and sharpen these veterans’ skills all the more.
Banding together with other local businesses has helped this retailer grow its own sales. They regularly recommend one another. Monthly meetings have yielded great ideas. In December, Patdo and three other business owners had a huge party. Invitations were sent to 300 architects, designers and tradespeople. The Fairfield County Look came to photograph the party, and the images were posted on its website. Consequently, site traffic for the store reached an all-time high.