What's in a name?
So why did I call the company Home Spun Tours instead of "Bill's Tours" or "Tour with Bill"?

Thirty years ago I was working for a tour company in Eau Claire and like many of you, came to the conclusion that I could do it better. I began putting itineraries together along with a marketing plan.  Next, I needed a name.  "Bill's Tours" was kind of hokey.

When I was a kid, some sixty years ago, my family - I am from Richland Center, Wisconsin - made two trips a year in the Oldsmobile to my grandparents' in Ohio - Delaware, Ohio.  One of the many favorite remembrances of those trips was when I was allowed to play with the spinning wheel in Gramma Mi's sun parlor.  No, I was not a child prodigy spinner, I was the captain on my ship, behind the wheel, steering us all to who knows where.  Grandma remembered, and in her will was my spinning wheel.  It's been in a prominent location in my home as long as I can remember.

So, here's where it came from.  Next to my fireplace sat the spinning wheel.  My first thought was to use the fireplace, "Trails from the Hearth" would have been it.  But there's that family spinning wheel, and I'm thinking, I'm planning all this at home,  I'm telling a tale, spinning a web - whoa - at Home, Spinning a web - HOME SPUN!  And used the spinning wheel in the logo!

It was never an ego thing to call it "Bill Richards' Home Spun Tours", that came from the commercial artist that designed the logo. I suggested a change when my son, Josh, bought the business three years ago. Those "in the know", suggested name recognition was important, it had been for 27 years, leave it as it is.

Now you know... we hope to see ya on board!


Bill