Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
We'll keep you posted on our progress! We are thinking that it will be early 2010 when we open our new location. Go over and take a peak inside before we cover up the windows and get to work setting the stage of our new destination! (Hey and say a little prayer that Shawn and I don't drive each other crazy in the process!!)
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The 3/50 Project unites small business and consumers in stabilizing their local economy Minneapolis, MN, March 19, 2009 — Having been an independent stationery store owner for fourteen years, Cinda Baxter understood the pain felt by retailers when the economy sank and consumers held back. What began as an economic downturn in the autumn had become a psychological tsunami by March 1st.
What the country needed, in her opinion, was a meeting of the minds between two groups that held valuable stakes in the game—small business owners and members of their communities. Enter The 3/50 Project. With a tag line “Save your local economy three stores at a time,” the Project’s goal is to promote shopping in locally owned businesses while thanking customers for the positive impact that decision has on a local economy.
“We’re constantly inundated with doom and gloom,” says Baxter, now a retail consultant and professional speaker. “The system is broken, the banks are frozen, the economy is bleeding. That’s all we hear. The images painted by the media are ghastly and devoid of hope. What we need—what we crave—as a nation is to pinpoint areas where positive change can occur, then feel good about having promoted them.”
By early March, she’d decided enough was enough, and that it was time to give retailers ammunition to fight back with. Rather than get tangled in complex messaging and deployment, Baxter combined a straightforward theme, a free flyer, and her blog as the mechanism to launch The 3/50 Project.
“We ask consumers to think about which three stores they’d miss if they disappeared, then remind them to return there,” explains Baxter. “Shoppers have become so rooted in thinking about the essentials that they’ve forgotten about the little gift store on the corner whose owner remembers their name.”
“Fifty comes from the idea that if even half the employed population spent a mere $50 per month in locally owned retail stores, those purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue,” she continues. “That’s a huge impact for a relatively small investment.” Which leads to a third number on the flyer, sixty-eight—the dollar amount that remains in a community’s economy for every $100 spent in locally owned stores. By contrast, only $43 per one hundred remains local when spent in national chains; little or no revenue results from online purchases.
“In essence, the whole thing boils down to Pick 3, spend 50, save the economy. It’s really that simple.”
Since ease of use was key to store owners jumping on board, Baxter designed a free flyer for participants to download, print on any color printer, then hand to consumers with their purchases. “The idea is to look customers in the eye, put this right in their hands, and say ʻthank you for shopping in a locally owned storeʼ rather than just pop these in the bottom of a bag and hope someone sees them.”
Within 24 hours of providing the link on her blog, things began to light up. Retailers were sharing the flyer with other businesses. Property managers were spreading the news to tenants. Thank you notes were arriving via email every hour. Trade publications and blogs were asking about guest posts and columns promoting the plan, and a movie theater requested a copy large enough to display on their screens for waiting audiences to view. “The best part about 3/50 is that it’s so down to earth, so straightforward, so accessible,” reflects the enthusiastic champion of independent retailers. “This is a labor of love that store owners and customers can share.”
Given the level of interest, a dedicated website has been established to promote the movement, link to the free flyer, and list participating retailers and other supporters. It can be found at http://the350project.net/.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I was working in the store this weekend and several of our friends and customers had been to BRB and every single one of them said really, really great things! I just can't wait to go! The enthusiasm was unbelievable. Oh, and word has it that the owner Pat has selected some great and exclusive beers if you are so inclined! (Isn't that exciting? Right here in Blue Ridge, Georgia)
Blue Ridge Brewery is located at 187 Depot Street (former home of Blue Christmas). They are closed on Sunday and Monday. I hear it is best to make reservations so give them a call at 706-632-6611 and be sure to tell them that we sent you!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Michael Michaud’s Charms Gingko Leaf wire drop earrings pictured below are rendered in Bronze.
The wire drop Pea Pod Earrings are shown here in bronze with white pearls
The Kyoto Maple Single Drop Earrings are created in Bronze with a beautiful gold plate and red variegated leaf coating. These Kyoto Maple Drop Earrings measures 5/8" wide and 1" long. Also available in Michael's Kyoto Maple design are the Kyoto Maple Pin, Kyoto Maple Necklace and the Kyoto Maple pendant
We absloutely love Michael Michaud’s Blueberry pin shown below. The Blueberry pin is rendered in Bronze and is accented with Blue Sponge Coral Blueberries. Also available in this collection are the Blueberry necklace, the single Blueberry earrings, and the cluster Blueberry earrings.
Come in this weekend and check out these beautiful, nature inspired works of art!! See you soon!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Clementine & Clove An ode to a bygone era- coarsely chopped clove with fresh cinnamon sticks and dashes of black peppered nutmeg gently coat the dried Clementine oranges and fresh thyme sprigs, all wrapped to the tune of an old Christmas carol—a perfect symphony of the senses.
Monday, October 5, 2009
For starters, they carry only the best pet food and treats. And while you're stocking your pet’s pantry, you'll find other wonderful things. For the pet who takes you they have fun toys, comfy beds, fancy collars, leads, and really cute clothing. For people who tag along there is great art, wonderful books, clothing and cool things for the garden.
At Love Dogs and Cats Too, they know that people have a choice in where they shop. They feel that more often than not, the service they receive is just as important as finding the right product and they are committed to providing their customers with the best possible service. Ricki says if they don’t have an item in stock, she’ll do her best to find it. “We want our customers to keep coming back.”
Stop in to see Ricki and Paulie (Pictured above!) and tell them that we sent you!
You can also shop online at http://www.lovedogsandcatstoo.com/
Love Dogs & Cats Too
777 East Main Street
Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513
Telephone: (706) 632-8668
PS- Our beloved dog Chloe is absolutely crazy for their Nathan’s Hot Dog treats…
Friday, October 2, 2009
CYPRESS BERGAMOT - This modern twist on the traditional, evergreen holiday fragrance features elements of fruit and bark. The result is a fresh winter tonic that Shawn is crazy about. Top notes of traditional fir mingle with sweet and spicy Italian bergamot. Cedar leaf, cypress and tart green apple freshen the core of the fragrance. Base notes of amyris bark, cinnamon bark and balsam provide warmth and a welcoming, woodsy richness.
Come in and see us, we want you to try these wonderful new items!!! Today, Saturday & Sunday get 10% off any Caldrea item when you mention you saw it on our blog!!
PS-Thank you Kelli for the great photos above!!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The pillows have several wonderful thoughts and there is one for nearly everyone!!
The Natural Life Baby items make great shower gifts. The detail that goes into everything from the packaging to the final garment is amazing. We carry several different "onesies" and bibs. The little photo brag books are great for grandmothers!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
In yet another article they show a gorgeous Autumnal tablescape in Anita's cabin and they featured our pewter acorn stemware as well as our bear salt and pepper sets. It has been so fun to receive calls from around the country requesting info about our store or wanting to purchase these items!
In the photo above they show a very cozy shot of our Pine Cone Hill display bed dressed in the Riona quilt.
This issue of Southern Lady is really a keeper, it has some outstanding photos of our special corner of the world...and some delicious recipes. (Anita and Charlene said the S'mores on the cover are to die for...homemade marshmallows, who knew!!) Anyway pick up a copy, grab a cup of tea and enjoy!
Happy Labor Day! Come in and see us this weekend, we have some new arrivals, and some great specials!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Fezziwig's will offer various seasonal collectibles including Halloween and Easter items. Some of the exclusive lines they have are Department 56, Christopher Radko, Hillhouse Naturals, and Old World. Below are two ornaments that Shawn and I love (they remind us of our beloved dog Chloe).
Thursday, August 20, 2009
We love this stonewashed linen. These casual slip covered dining room chairs are beautiful and they look great mixed with other dining room chairs.