Going Above & Beyond to say thanks

An employee is asked to quickly find a thank-you gift for a client during his lunch hour. He stresses about what to get and where to go.

That's where Above & Beyond Corporate Gifts comes in.

"We work with companies who are searching for creative avenues to thank their clients and employees," owner Lynne Smith said. "We also help with creative options."

From gift baskets containing food to engraved products, Smith said Above & Beyond has gifts that can be used to thank customers, improve traffic at trade shows and, through its employee anniversary program, help companies find creative ways to thank their employees for years of service.

"We make sure our clients have all the information they need to make good decisions on choosing the right product and the best decorating option," Smith said.

Smith said the business started out as a gift-wrapping company.

"Our clients would bring in their promotional items for us to wrap in their gift baskets," she said. "They would ask if we offered those items. At first we referred our customers to other promotional companies. With time, we wised up and we now take care of their promotional needs as well."

Smith said two of her favorite memories while working at Above & Beyond are supplying an award to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a gift basket to physician and professional clown Patch Adams.

She also said a strong, loyal client base helps the business continue to thrive.

"The clients help with the stability of the business, even in slow economic times," she said.