From time to time we want to highlight the people and small businesses that have been loyal to us and who have made this site possible. First up is everyone’s favorite local importer: Chris Kay of Carter Imports. You may recognize Carter Imports as the ongoing sponsor of Chainmail.
1) How did you personally get introduced to the Kings?
In January of 1996, I had just come back from living in Greece and saw a Kings game on TV against the Boston Celtics. In typical Kings fashion, they had a huge lead and blew it on the road, setting me up forever in my Kings fandom.
2) Who’s your favorite Kings player currently on the roster? Favorite player of all time?
I love the heart and hustle of Richaun Holmes, he’s so fun to watch and his drive and motor is impressive. All time its Peja, he played in Greece when I lived there, and he was so smooth to watch play. I’m happy he got a ring although I wish it was with the Kings (don’t we all).
3) Could you give me one prediction about the team this season and one prediction about a specific player on the Kings this season?
Call me an eternal optimist but I think they’ll do better this year than most expect, mostly because I think Fox makes a huge leap and brings everyone along for the ride. The Kings have had some players with talent that just couldn’t make that leap, but I think Fox does. If they play with some speed they basically get an All-Star caliber player back in Hield too, and I think that will help.
4) Tell us how your business originally got started? Let’s hear your business superhero origin story!
I was working a dead-end job for a really bad boss and started thinking about doing something, anything, to get in a better spot. At the same time, we found out that my wife was pregnant. Unfortunately, we lost the baby fairly far along in the pregnancy and I really had an epiphany about how precious life is and our time here on earth, so I decided to take the leap and dive in. I named the company after him as a way to honor his memory. It was about a year and half of research and reading to get ready, learning about international shipping, exchange rates, and working with the right partners. In a beautiful twist of fate, two days after I placed my first order for our flagship elia extra virgin olive oil, we found out my wife was pregnant again, and we welcomed our baby boy Corbin in October.
5) Seeing as how it’s now the holiday season, do you have any special products or deals available right now?
We do! A couple really fun ones available now! Since we started we have expanded our products and types of products, so we have two specials we are running right now. First, we are including a free mini bottle of elia evoo with any order! Second, for the big cooks or those looking to get a jump on their healthy eating for 2021, we are doing a case sale 12 bottles for $180 (20% off and free shipping!). If you order soon or want them for Christmas gifts, we can get them to you before Christmas!