After a few years, Joan & Steve outgrew their home-based beginnings (that den was getting cramped!) and moved to a full-fledged warehousing and workshop space, in Flushing, NY. By 1978, thanks to an extraordinary, word-of-mouth following, GD had gained momentum and begun to attract a much wider following – from Grandmothers to Galleries to Governments, and all types of creators in-between. Major landmark: GD welcomes its first employee who wasn’t already a family member!

Fun Fact: Before we’d created our first catalog, we advertised heavily in magazines like American Artist – often displaying up to 20 full-page, full-color ads in a single issue. As a result, readers of the magazine often sent their subscription renewals (and cancellations) to us!