Well, I think that after a tough few weeks – we have finally got back into the swing of things at the shop and are starting to feel comfortable again after a few teething problems. What with the sign not going up for a couple of weeks, website not finished yet and stock not arriving when it was supposed to, We were living by the skin of our teeth.
But I’m pleased to say we have had a fantastic response to the new concept. There have been a few ‘that’s a shame’ comments about the fact we’re not selling the kids second hand clothes anymore, but generally it’s been a very positive reception.
We’re so happy to be able to stock such wonderful brands. I have tried to bring in different styles of interior items, just to see what the general feel is and it’s good to see that there are already some firm favourites!
We are lucky enough to display some illustrations by local author and artist, Rachel Pank and have had lots of interest and even a fantastic sale for her within two weeks of being open. Well done Rachel! I think you’ll agree her illustrations are fantastic and are a joy to look at.
As if re-opening a shop with a new name, brand, concept and website wasn’t challenging enough in the middle of my kids starting new schools…I decide to open up a concession in Birmingham! Crazy I know but I guess you just have to ride the wave and hope you don’t drown!
Don’t get me wrong, it was my choice to make my life a little more hectic but Birmingham has taken on a life of its own. Once I interviewed for new staff, decided on stock, hired a mobile credit card machine, which incidently doesn’t have any signal within the shopping center (that’s a whole other blog post), sorted out insurance, advertising, signage…the list goes on, well I was kind of hoping it would look after itself and I would pop over once a week to see how things are. Wrong! I’m constantly worried about it, because I’m not there and as it isn’t just around the corner, I can’t just ‘pop’ over. I’m in constant communication with the staff, who are fantastic by the way, and have to keep replenishing the stock as I don’t like to keep too much in storage there.
But enough of my ranting, I feel like I have sufficiently got everything off my chest and …things are doing great. The online shop should be ready this week and our discount cards will arrive on Wednesday. If you would like to receive a discount card and take advantage of £15% off when you spend over £25.00, then all you have to do is sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page. Once I send out the newsletter to say the cards are ready for collection, you can take full advantage, straight away and make some fantastic savings.
See you soon