Christmas in July

With all of the boxes lining the walls and aisles of our warehouse, it's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas despite the unusually hot and humid weather that has become the "norm" for the last month in Southern California. As we unpack a box and stock the shelves, I find myself making the same ooh and aah sounds that a kid opening a birthday or Christmas present would make! There are so many new and exciting things to see and so many new hookah designs to play around with.

Since I am the chief photographer, I've been anxious to get the boxes unpacked so that my imagination can run wild as I match glass to stem and hose(s). The possibilities seem just about endless thanks to the dozens of new glass designs in this shipment. Color, color, and more color -- red, yellow, green, dark blue, baby blue, teal, lavender, blue violet, red violet, orange, clear, frosted, tinted, etched, hand painted. Shapes -- oh, the shapes! Pyramid, globe, ola, genie, traditional bell. Cobra, wooden, glass, resin, and glass mouth pieces on colorful hoses that measure a full 6 feet in length. It's no wonder that my shutter finger is itching to get to work! I did manage to put a few of them together and to get them listed on eBay last night, but there are so many more to do.

Here's what I've done so far:
Once the weather cools down a bit and the warehouse temperature is more comfortable, I'll get more pictures. In the meantime, we'll have to make do with the few that I was able to snag as they were being shelved.

Purple Haze

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of PURPLE HAZE, our exclusive purple hookah! With so many customers asking us for a purple or a pink hookah, we just had to have some made. You won't find another hookah seller with purple hookahs!

Ahlan was Ahlan (that's WELCOME in English)!

Caravan Trading Group is an old-fashioned mom and pop venture that blossomed into a full-grown business when we set up a hookah booth at a local Arab-American festival a couple of years ago. Our booth was one of the most popular ones there because a trend had begun that we knew nothing about -- hookahs had become a part of pop culture!

We moved our operation from our garage to a warehouse in Fullerton two years ago. We tried our hand at selling some of the hookahs on eBay and within a matter of three or four months,
Caravansarai Imports (our original name) catapulted to PowerSeller status and earned the spot as eBay's leading hookah seller.

With the arrival of our first 40-foot cargo container, we needed a larger warehouse and a showroom to display our products. Because Fullerton is close to our hometown, we decided to look for another location close to where we had already established a presence. The new place is just a few blocks from the old one, but it's much, much larger, has a showroom and an office, and is on a well-traveled street to encourage foot traffic. Now we are, as they say, "official." Our warehouse is a hubbub of daily activity with wholesalers placing and picking up large orders, eBay shoppers picking up their hookahs, and individual buyers mixing and matching glasses, shafts, and hoses to design their own hookahs. We maintain the traditional Egyptian hospitality at our warehouse, so it's not unusual to find past customers coming by just to chat or to relax and smoke hookah with us after a long day at work!

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