News — small business

Big goal for a new year!

Posted by Robin Abel on

We didn't start this business to build an empire.  I mean, who really wants millions from a wildly successful company?! ;) We started by asking"How can we be part of our community?" We started brainstorming what kind of business or store or organization was needed, was different, and might be a unique addition to the community. Supporting local people seemed to be the best fit so we went from there.   From a business perspective, how do you make business decisions and have solid business goals when you plan hinges on "connecting" people?  It's been a struggle for me to...

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Looking back at 2018

Posted by Robin Abel on

'Tis the season for lists and reflecting and all things looking back.  As we hit the final stretch of 2018, it's a good time to intentionally stop, slow down, and remember what this year held.   During the early part of the year, we were making final preparations to move the store.  Do you know how hard it is to pack when customers are still shopping?  I'm ashamed to share what a disaster my packing was and thank goodness for patient in-laws who came to pack and transport and paint and sit around doing nothing when the timeline collapsed.  We did...

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Patience Please!

Posted by Robin Abel on

There was some extra time in my schedule one morning so I decided get coffee and a few other things at a local eatery.  When I walked in, there there 3 people in front of me.  The first two were asking lots of questions so I assumed we were backed up because of the length of their ordering.  As we slowly moved along the line, I started to wonder if the cashier was new and that was the issue with how long it was taking.  By the time I placed my order, there were 6 people behind me and things were not...

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Are we customers or Very Important People?

Posted by Robin Abel on

"I'll move a stool over for you," said Kelly of Eva Bryn Shoetique.  While I didn't understand at the time why she said it, later it made so much sense and I was so surprised her thoughtfulness.   Let me back up.  I have no fashion sense.  Well, fashionable fashion sense.  It has always been a struggle to figure out what I feel comfortable in and still look like I didn't just put on the pair of jeans that I wore yesterday.  One morning I put on my new blackish, grayish cardigan and immediately had a shoe emergency.  (I really don't like shoes... don't...

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Service you only get from small business!

Posted by Robin Abel on

With Small Business Saturday happening soon, I thought it would be nice to share some of great experiences I've had with small businesses over the past few years.  It's been an amazing journey owning a small business and it's really opened my eyes to their strengths especially when it comes to treating people with respect and going the extra mile.   Before we opened the store, there were 2 solid months of finding local people who had products to offer.  I went to farmers markets and craft shows as well as asking other businesses for suggestions.  One day I walked...

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