Groundhog Featured On Perkasie Manufacturer’s Pillows And Totes Turns Up In Super Bowl Ad
“Poppy the Groundhog” – a local rescue ‘hog featured on products made by Perkasie manufacturer Eric & Christopher LLC, made her television debut during Super Bowl LIV. In the popular Jeep commercial, Poppy rode a bike with Bill Murray, watched him play arcade games, and rode in a Jeep with him.
A few weeks earlier, Poppy was in Perkasie for a photoshoot to capture her likeness for a unique line of silk-screened pillows and tote bags being used as a fundraiser for the Raven Ridge Wildlife Center. The pillows and tote bags sold out in one day at Ville + Ruse by Domanci, a Lancaster retailer of furniture and home decor.
“We were thrilled to have ‘Poppy’ visit our warehouse back in December,” says Eric Fausnacht, co-founder of Eric & Christopher, LLC. “It’s honestly one of the best parts of our job. We started this business by photographing animals and then making the photographs into screen printed pillows and totes, and now we have the opportunity to work hundreds of rescue organizations and retailers on creating unique items for them to sell.”
Co-founder Chris Kline said Poppy was so easy to work with. “We are thrilled that we could help make a unique item for Ville + Rue by Domaci and the Raven Ridge Wildlife Center. We are super thankful to have customers like Rebecca Addington from Ville + Rue by Domaci in Lancaster. She facilitated the photoshoot, and she sold out of the pillows and totes at yesterday’s launch event in her store in Lancaster but there is a waiting list, and you can order the items online.”
Eric & Christopher have been creating textile products in their Perkasie warehouse for about six years. They design and manufacture pillows, totes, aprons, tea towels, and home décor items for hundreds of small and large retailers throughout North America.
Poppy was rescued about 10 months ago in Lancaster County. She was taken to Raven Ridge Wildlife Center in Washington Boro, where they quickly discovered Poppy wouldn’t be able to survive in the wild due to dental issues. She has since been familiarized with people and is an official educational ambassador for the wildlife center.
Raven Ridge Wildlife Center offers rehabilitation services for raptors (birds of prey), mammals, and waterfowl. They also provide a variety of wildlife education programs. RRWC currently rehabilitates nearly 2,000 animals every year. They also provide a home to several non-releasable animals including Poppy. All of their services are funded by the community. They receive no local, state or federal funding and are an all-volunteer organization.
Learn more about supporting this amazing organization.
ABOUT ERIC & CHRISTOPHER LLC: Fausnacht and Kline met while doing freelance artwork for a Bucks County business. In 2011, Christopher – a veteran screen printer – put together an art show that was focused on screen printing, one of his many artistic passions. He invited Eric to be a part of the show. They started collaborating on ideas, and in 2012, Eric asked Christopher to screenprint photos of farm animals onto pillows. Eric hired Christopher to help him make more pillows for craft fairs, and within 6 months, he sold about 1,000 pillows.
The pair realized they were onto something and started creating more designs together. Fast-forward to 2020, and they are now making pillows, tote bags, tea towels, pillow ornaments, aprons, and custom textile products in a 15,000-square-foot warehouse in Perkasie. They sell to more than 550 retailers throughout North America, including The Plaza Hotel in NYC; Beekman 1802; Hotel del Coronado; and many more.
The company was also named a finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Competition, was nominated for the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Awards, and won a National Small Business Award through SCORE in 2017.