Saturday, August 21, 2010

Procrastinate today!

Don't put it off until tomorrow!

It's been one of those days. 

I am not really procrastinating as much as I am ....
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Yeah....like I said, one of those days.

We've had a slow week.  The kind of week that if you have never been in retail before sends you into a blind panic and anxiety builds up and you question:  "what the hell have we done?"

We've never been in retail - so we had that kind of week.

Margie called a "B.H.A.G." meeting last week and we talked about strategy and "market penetration" (heh, heh, heh - that still makes me laugh like Butthead). 

So we stepped back a little, took a nice breath, reconfirmed our commitment to this business and to ourselves and are pushing forward.

I mean come on - we can't quit this - we just started!  We are 100% invested and believe in our little store so much that we both agreed we will work as hard as we can to make it work.

And by golly we will!

Talking to other folks who have retail stores nearby they are experiencing the same thing, so that makes us feel a little better.  Still - it keeps you on your toes.  You ask yourself questions like:  Are we selling the right things?  Can people find us?  Do we have enough visibility?  Should we advertise more?  Should we hire someone in a monkey suit to stand in the street and wave at people to come in?

Then you remember - you have only been open for 2 1/2 months!  Calm down.  Relax.  You will have times like these.

B-R-E-A-T-H-E!

:::gasp:::

My way of processing stress is trying to think of ways to reduce the stress.  Unfortunately my brain kind of short circuits.  It's not that I can't think anything  it's more like I think of too many things all at the same time so they become jumbled and meshed and smushed and are all fighting to get to the top.  They bob up and down at different times and as each one reaches the surface I focus on that one thing...until the next one decides to push it's way up and bumps the other guy back down with the rest of them.

It's kind of like gas!  You feel those little air bubbles moving around inside you wanting to get out but they get trapped and you either push too hard to get them out and nothing happens or try to hard to keep them all in because it's not quite the right time for them to be free.

Ideas will pop out and I tell myself I need to write that down before I forget it but I'm so involved doing something else that I can't write it down and then....I forget.

There is the occasional recall - but usually once it's out...it's out.  Gone...like a purple fog dissipating into the atmosphere adding to the hole in the ozone layer. 

Oh wait - I was talking about ideas...not gas.  Sorry.  And the ozone doesn't have a hole anymore does it?

Whatever - I am off topic.

Surprise!

So I am not really procrastinating...I am doing too many things all at once that it just looks like I'm procrastinating!

Honest!

Friday, August 13, 2010

My plan was to post weekly to share with you my experiences at the store.

That was the plan.

Somewhere along the line things got kind of busy and the plans flew out the window.

This is a good thing really. I would much rather be busy than slow.

Today - we are slow. Actually this whole week has been slow. I am going to guess that people are spending money on "Back to School" stuff for their kids and not shopping for gift items and art.
It happens.

The slow bits here and there give me time to rearrange the store and think of new ideas.

We've had our first Artist Show and Reception featuring the work of Fine Artist Jean LeBaron. That went pretty well and I was very pleased with the turn out


Here is Jeannie with some of her paintings.

Here is a sampling of her work.
She ranges from very traditional/representational art to very abstract.

The Art Shows and receptions will be once a month and we have artist's booked through March of 2011 which is awesome and extremely exciting. There is even some talk about my sister Anita and I doing a "Sister Show" sometime in June or July of next year.

How cool is that? (very)

We have offered Fused Glass classes and an Artist's Way Circle based on the book by Julie Cameron. Those have been well received and I hope to add more classes in Precious Metal Clay soon!

Now we are trying to "gear up" for the holidays.

It is strange to me to think about Christmas in August, but I have never done this kind of retail before. It's a case that if you don't order now - you may lose out on some gooooood stuff man.

The down side is that I will have to take down some near and dear art to make room for new pieces.

We need to keep the place fresh.
Overall - we are doing very well for a new store in a bad economy.