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#ThankfulThursday - Edition #7: Natalie Holbrook
This week for Thankful Thursday I'm taking it back to the origins of the guitar pick belt and dedicating to Natalie Holbrook. Natalie and I went to high school together and instantly bonded over music. She and I loved the same bands and went to shows together all the time at so many different venues in San Francisco (i.e. Slims, Bottom of the Hill, The Fillmore, etc. etc.) We always had so much fun and I loved hanging out with Natalie because she has so much energy and passion for life and music. She is not afraid to act silly, spark up a conversation with anyone and go out of her way to have a good time.
One day when we were hanging out I came up with an idea to make a guitar pick belt, so we went to the local music store in San Mateo (B Street Music) and I picked up some guitar picks. We went back to Natalie's house in Foster City and I made the belt because we were heading to a show that night, but I was too afraid to wear the belt because I thought it might fall apart. I ended up wearing that belt for the first time at Warped Tour that summer. Out of a crowd of thousands, a bunch of people kept coming up to me to compliment me on my belt and ask me where I got it. I was impressed that people noticed and liked it so much, so when I got home I told my Mom about it and we started the process of patenting the belt and incorporating what became Volite, INC. That's how it all began...back in 2004!