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Title: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: cids on May 27, 2009, 01:54 PM
I called many times and can't speak to a person and place an order....only answering machine  :'(.


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Geoffrey Platt on May 27, 2009, 02:04 PM
I ordered some stuff from them about a month ago. I'd imagine they are still in business. It did however take them some time to get back to me.


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Will Sturdy on May 27, 2009, 02:38 PM
I have found that they generally take some time to get stuff out, but my orders have always come eventually.


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Gamelord on May 27, 2009, 02:43 PM
Last I heard...Kathy no longer owns the shop but has sold it to someone else.  I think they are still in business.


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: kiteking on May 27, 2009, 03:10 PM
Ordered and received some parts 11/2008


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: melnsct on May 27, 2009, 06:11 PM
I ordered online a couple of weeks ago and my package made it from WA to TN in less than a week!!!! 


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: SKITCH on May 27, 2009, 07:47 PM
Cathy did sell the parts end of her biz!  It is located somewhere else in WA....can't remember the town name.  From what I understand it is still up and running but no longer affiliated with her Gasworks Kite Shop.   :-[

The shop seems to be hanging on there in Seattle. If people in that area want to keep an actual Brick and Mortar shop in the area they should try and give her a little biz from time to time.  She may have to order something for you but at least she can stay in business!  A vanishing breed!  :-[



Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: GEB on May 27, 2009, 08:16 PM
Yes they are still in business. They are now located in Mount Vernon Washington. The new owner is named Leland. Business is good, so he is one busy guy. (206)632-6151.


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Sketch on May 28, 2009, 12:01 PM
Finally Kathy is trying to get some well deserved beach time...
Speaking of Beach time here attached is a photo of Kathy, her Mother who lived at Pacific Beach waaaay back in 1994.
Great to hear that Kathy's mother is still with us and doing well.

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Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Toejam on May 30, 2009, 01:47 PM
is this a full kite store that they have in Mt Vernon? if so does anyone know where they are located?


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Sketch on June 01, 2009, 10:25 AM
Yes they are still in business. They are now located in Mount Vernon Washington. The new owner is named Leland. Business is good, so he is one busy guy. (206)632-6151.
I hear they are located at 2816 Old Hwy. S. Rd in Mt Vernon..and is located apx. 200 yds. W. of I-5 just off exit 225.

The Seattle phone is shown above but perhaps they can give you more details?

my photo shot for today...is my HQ Shadow at Cannon Beach a few weeks ago. "THIS LITTLE KITE IS TOTALLY A HOOT N' A TOOT!"

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Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: cids on June 01, 2009, 12:53 PM
I called Goodwinds last week and today. I still got answering machine.

I ordered some adhesive insignia tapes 3 weeks ago but my visa card statement shown Goodwinds charges my card on 27 May, 2009. What is going on there ? I still haven't receive my item.


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Toejam on June 01, 2009, 08:25 PM
it sounds as if they are on Old 99, south of Mt Vernon, I will try and get over that way this weekend and see if i can find it......


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Sketch on June 02, 2009, 09:56 AM
What's wrong with just calling and asking for Kathy at
206 655-4780 during business hours?

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Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Sketch on June 02, 2009, 10:39 AM
Kidnappin this post....
but here in the photos below  is a vintage shot of the custom Goodwind FLASHLIGHT that I used for choro at Longbeach 1994 that was given to me by Todd and Kathy the morning of the event.

These custom made Goodwind Flashlights used #  Tri-wrapped Skyshark #12 tapered main spars with Golden skinnies for the leading edges. (The sail material was that beloved "ICY'REX:)
Because of this...this little light weight SUL could handle the slightest breeze up to about 15 or so...without too much trouble.

(Too many competition kiters seem to switch back n' forth between kites....never giving their brains enough time to train their muscle memory) Sticking with a wide range kite can really be an advantage for most mere mortals?
'Another modification was to deepen the sail with shorter spreaders with longer standoffs.
Sadly this kite was STOLEN out of my car at Longbeach a few weeks later...
For years afterward...Kathy, Todd, my kite buds and I... kept n' eye out for that kite to show up in the air or somewhere at the beach.
 
It had Kathy and Todd signatures on this kite...GADS! I STILL FEEL SO SHABBY by forgetting to make sure my car door was locked at the motel.
Lessons sadly learned....SO MANY OF US tend leave so much kite crap unattended in unlocked cars or sittin around the staging areas at kite events...where opportunities are soooo tempting for those with "sticky-finga's!"
I still feel strongly...that kiters are some of the most honest and caring folks and history has proven....that most stolen-kite stuff is NOT BY KITERS but simply by wandering spectators or folks that just want to turn a fast buck at a pawn shop somewhere?

These photos were taken waaaay back in 1994 when we lived in Auburn. I would bet this kite is no longer existance except in my memories of those great kites and daze days gone bye.
GADS! These photos make me feel OLD? Uhhh...I AM OLD! :-[





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Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: SKITCH on June 02, 2009, 01:36 PM
What's wrong with just calling and asking for Kathy at
206 655-4780 during business hours?

The big problem with that is that Cathy NO LONGER owns the parts biz! So, other than being a little upset that her name is affiliated with a parts store that MAY not be giving great service...not much she can do.  That number is to her store in Seattle, not the new parts biz in Mt. Vernon.


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Sketch on June 02, 2009, 01:45 PM
What's wrong with just calling and asking for Kathy at
206 655-4780 during business hours?

The big problem with that is that Cathy NO LONGER owns the parts biz! So, other than being a little upset that her name is affiliated with a parts store that MAY not be giving great service...not much she can do.  That number is to her store in Seattle, not the new parts biz in Mt. Vernon.

YES! WE KNOW KATHY'S  PHONE NUMBER IS THE SEATTLE STORE.
Humm? Do I feel you are trying to avoid talking with them? Would you like me to call for you? :-*


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: SKITCH on June 02, 2009, 01:56 PM
Nevermind.

Personally, I have already spoken with Kathy's shop about parts and they told me they are NO LONGER in the biz and that they sold it.

Go ahead and give them a call.  I now buy my parts somewhere else!


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: kiten00b on June 02, 2009, 02:06 PM
hey guys, there's a kite store right here (http://www.chicokites.com/store/) that is our gracious host.


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Michel on June 02, 2009, 02:06 PM
I called many times and can't speak to a person and place an order....only answering machine  :'(.

Try => here (http://www.chicokites.com/store/).  ;)


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: kiten00b on June 02, 2009, 02:11 PM
gosh, in the old forum you got insta-moderated for even mentioning that there might be other kite stores elsewhere :-X


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: SKITCH on June 02, 2009, 03:06 PM
gosh, in the old forum you got insta-moderated for even mentioning that there might be other kite stores elsewhere :-X

I think Steve understands that there is absolutely no disrespect in this conversation.  It originated with an inquiry about a parts store still being in business.  The only mention of a kite shop has been to explain that the two entities..parts store/kite shop....are no longer owned by the same folks.  Steve sells a few replacement parts but kite building parts are not a huge chunk of his biz.   ;)


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Steven L Hall on June 02, 2009, 03:30 PM
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gosh, in the old forum you got insta-moderated for even mentioning that there might be other kite stores elsewhere
The key here being old forum
The guidelines set forth are no direct links so no harm no foul.
I had a great relationship with Kathy and Todd over the years and have one with Leland now.  If you need help contacting someone you can PM or email me and I will be glad to help out.


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Sketch on June 02, 2009, 07:39 PM
hey guys, there's a kite store right here ([url]http://www.chicokites.com/store/[/url]) that is our gracious host.

THANKS A  FOR STEPPIN IN HERE!!
Steve and again, In no way was I attempting to steer him or anyone else away from GWTW!
However...since he already spent the $$$ I thought it was at least a good idea that he should still get what he had already paid in full for and I just couldn't let anyone think that Kathy or GasWorks would pull this kind of bad business practice on purpose after serving all of our local kite community for many decades?


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: cids on June 02, 2009, 07:51 PM
I sent Goodwinds an e-mail earlier and I got a reply from them :P. The items that I ordered earlier are now on its way to Canada :D.

I guess I will place my order via e-mail ;).


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: JimB on June 02, 2009, 09:54 PM
Actually, in the "old forum" you got insta-moderated if you linked to another kite store. mention of other kite stores was, in fact, fine.

gosh, in the old forum you got insta-moderated for even mentioning that there might be other kite stores elsewhere :-X

From what Steve has told me, there seems to be some good news on the parts and accessories front with some new blood entering the fray.


Title: Re: Is Goodwinds.com still in business ?
Post by: Sketch on June 03, 2009, 08:09 AM
From what Steve has told me, there seems to be some good news on the parts and accessories front with some new blood entering the fray.

Now that is some VERY GOOD NEWS...since so my old kites and even new ones are taking quite a beating lately and in need of some pretty good TLC and maintence.
 :'(