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Meet Tim Patterson of Box Galaxy in Mission Valley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tim Patterson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tim. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
The business was started by a San Diego couple nearly 20 years ago. It specialized in the sale of moving supplies. I purchased the business 12 years ago and significantly expanded the products and services. We still offer moving supplies but have added a wide variety of packing materials and services. We offer custom packaging for both low and high end items, including original artwork and new products that are shipped worldwide. We provide shipping and freighting services, as well. We are a unique store in San Diego — no one else quite like us.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The biggest potential struggle we faced while growing the business was the major financial collapse of 2007, shortly after I purchased the business. By then, we had already dramatically expanded our products and services, which helped get us through. In addition, we found that more and more people needed moving supplies because of the housing downturn. So we were not hurt as much as other businesses of our type.

Please tell us about Box Galaxy.
We specialize in providing custom packaging and shipping solutions for other businesses both large and small. We also serve the consumer market. But most of what we do is B to B. We are most proud that our customers come to us repeatedly and over many, many years. We have always believed that if you treat a customer right and give them a service that helps their business succeed, they’ll stay with you for life. This philosophy has proven to be our best asset.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Early on, I would have had more cash available to run and expand the business. Cash flow is king for a small business, and we worked on too tight a budget in the beginning.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 7465 Mission Gorge Rd., San Diego, CA 92120
  • Website:
  • Phone: 619 287-4090
  • Email:

Image Credit:
Tim, J.L.

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