Former gas engineer Damon Oates featured in Michaels © craft stores for turning his wreath-making hobby into a multi-million dollar business

LaPlace, LA, USA – March 18, 2022 – When Damon Oates started his wreath making hobby, he never thought it would lead to him becoming part owner of a multi-million dollar business, let alone being featured in Michaels © Craft stores in across the country. Today, when you walk into a local Michaels© craft store, you will see the Michaels© Maker Spotlight exhibit with Oates’ photo and a brief summary of his story, “Damon, a former oil and gas engineer, chose to pursue his passions of making wreaths and helping small businesses and now runs a multi-million dollar business.The sign includes a link to the DecoExchange website and a QR code that shoppers can scan to see more advice on making wreaths.

The Michaels© Makers represent some of the most creative and inspiring craft and lifestyle bloggers across the country. These influencers share their experiences through craft projects, tips, DIY decorating, entertainment, and more. Discover all the Michaels Makers and their latest creative adventures at

DecoExchange owners Damon Oates and Parker Stelly dreamed that their weekend downtime business would become the ability to promote the well-being of others, provide generous monetary donations to worthy causes, and become Oates’ corporate job exit strategy that he loved and had worked so hard to get. At first, no one even considered them running a real business. Today, DecoExchange has more than 500,000 people who follow our activity on social networks. Their wreath business is impacting and changing lives.

The Michaels© Companies, Inc. is where all Makers get inspired, buy, learn, create and sell. As the largest specialty retailer in North America, they operate 1,275 stores in 49 states and Canada and online at and The Michaels © Companies, Inc. also owns Artistree, a manufacturer of custom and specialty framing products. Founded in 1973 and based in Irving, TX, their mission is to empower every Maker to bring their creative dreams to life.

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About DecoExchange

Founded by Damon Oates and Parker Stelly, DecoExchange is an organization that leverages its artisan community of over 500,000 Facebook followers to raise money for a good cause while educating designers and artisans on how to create. and sell a handmade product. At the heart of DecoExchange is the core value that they use their influence, knowledge and community to positively impact the world. Teaching while inspiring others to donate and help is one of the many things that makes the wreath making community great.

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