Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I thought it would be nice to post some images of some of our current inventory. Take a looksie. Don't forget we are having a store wide sale, 20% off & keep an eye out for our postcards announcing a very special basement sale in July. More to come on that subject later.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This morning I opened my email to find the most wonderful note from a girl that had visited my shop this past weekend. I sat there sobbing while I read it. I get notes like this from time to time but this one really got me. Maybe because it has been so hard to be a retailer lately. I know I am not the only one. Specialty retailers across the nation are struggling.
We all love what we do. We love our customers. We love being creative. We love that you love us. It fills our hearts and keeps us motivated but we can't take love to the bank. Oh, how I wish I could because I would be a very rich girl.
So, thank you Abany for your kind words. It made my day.
I have attached her note for you to read and please be sure to visit her blog too.
HI Liz! Oh my goodness! What bliss!! my name is abany - and I visited your store this past weekend, when my girlfriends and I were on a much needed getaway from the grand ole Hotlanta. I must first tell tell you that after a VERY LONG and hot day of wandering through the many various shops along broughton - we found ourselves in front of your store only 10 minutes after the shop closed. with frowns on our faces, we stood there simply stupefied over the beautiful store (and that was just from the outside!), so i was determined to be sure to come back the next day.
after 12 hours and many annoying reminders i'm sure, my friends and I galavanted over to @home...in which I found myself in a heavenly dream of general store glory!! i seriously think that i was in quite a stupor of the beautiful details and the delicate merchandising...my girls thought that i may have died and gone to vintage heaven...so they left me alone to wander in amazement.
i got all tied up in little girl giddiness at the vintage flash cards and letters at the front of the store - and made my way through the labyrinth of yummy smelling soaps, and passed the uber cute basket of "peeps" - i ended up chatting with your sweet employee - and just gushing over her with how wonderful I thought that the store was. i knew that the store had a "bloggers" touch to it - and quickly asked, "does the owner blog??????!" (disclaimer: i'm an avid blogger and designer...i think that we can smell each other from 1000 miles away! haha) to which your pixie haired blondie quickly threw one of your cards in my hand with a big smile, and we were out the door just in time for her to lock up.
fastforward: i find myself this week sifting through my dear friend's brand newly launched blog - OnceWed! emily is a dear friend and we have worked together on a few events in the past year or so - and I was just tickled to see the precious post that was written by a certain "Haylie Bird"...immediately tagging her onto my RSS feed, I've been following her for the past few days - only to read this morning that she posted about YOU and even used to work for you!!!! oh how the world is ever so small. :P
so needless to say - you are an amazing artist, and have the eye of a queen when it comes to merchandising. your store is so quaint and welcoming - yet impeccably clean and refreshing. thank you so much for bringing life to savannah and for bringing a certain loveliness. i know i'll be sticking around to watch as it grows more!
BEST of luck to you!! -abany
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I appreciate the tremendous support and comradery that I have witnessed all over the internet about the economy, independent businesses and entrepreneurship. I hope people are paying attention.
Tech issue: If you can not see the entire screen double click on it and it will take you to you tube.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
A special thanks to my friend Bill Dawers for writing about this great project in today's newspaper. You can pick up a copy or read the excerpt below.
Initiatives to support local businesses gathering steam
If you're a retailer and your numbers are up over last year, congratulations. Keep doing whatever you're doing, but don't get complacent.
Anecdotally, most downtown retailers with whom I'm in regular contact have seen their sales numbers are down from last year, in some cases 30 percent or more.
That seems like a huge number, but it's consistent with the statewide retail environment as revealed by sales tax collections, which declined 24.5 percent in April compared with last year.
I've been pleasantly surprised by the resilience of some businesses that have hunkered down and seem poised to survive the recession and a potentially slow recovery.
But we're likely to be in a difficult environment for retailers for many months. (Six? 12? 20?)
So it's good to see that the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority is going to launch a local ad campaign to promote downtown business. More on that soon. And it's good to see that there are other initiatives across the country to encourage consumers to support small and locally owned businesses.
On her blog (www.vintage general.blogspot.com), Liz Demos - owner of @home at 320 W. Broughton St. - recently wrote about the 3/50 Project (www.the350 project.net), a grassroots movement to encourage consumers to spend more thoughtfully.
It's a simple idea: Choose the three independently owned stores that you would miss most if they closed and spend $50 in each over a period of time.
I've also noticed an uptick in the number of downtown residents who have been encouraging me to write about specific stores. (Three people have approached me independently in the past week or so to write again about Papillote, the French to-go bistro that opened earlier this year at 218 W. Broughton St.)
These trends obviously mirror the growing interest in locally harvested food that led to the creation this year of the Forsyth Farmers Market (www.forsythfarmersmarket.org) and the expanded hours at the Market at Trustees' Garden (www.trusteesmarket.com).
Perhaps this renewed interest in intentional spending and fostering locally owned businesses will prove to be the recession's silver lining.City Talk appears every Tuesday and Sunday. Bill Dawers can be reached at email@example.com. Send mail to 10 E. 32nd St., Savannah, GA 31401.