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Make Your Store A Place For Self-Care

  The concept of Self-Care is a big buzzword right now in our culture and in our business.  It can mean any number of things, but for those of us in the retail / wholesale space, it means that there is a need that we have to serve.   People are tired, they have too many stresses, a 24 hour news cycle that tells them bad news, and a social media feed that often shows them pictures of perfection.  You can help combat that and make your store a place where people can get away from it all!  Here are some guidelines from the trenches!    Come from a genuine place.  There’s nothing worse then slapping a self-care sticker on everything just...

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Interview with the Owners (and Sisters!) of The Salvaged Boutique

We had a chance to ask sisters Kathy and Karen of the The Salvaged Boutique some questions about their business, and any advice they had for aspiring shop owners.  Their business caught our eye because not only do they sell antique and upcycled housewares (and our candles), they also run workshops in their store. The combination of retail and creative space got us thinking that these two sisters have something figured out in the world of retail that has become increasingly important - the experience in the store.  Meet these two forward thinkers, female entrepreneurs, and first generation immigrants who share their insights with us below.  What do you think is the number one thing women need, in order to...

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What's the big deal with SHOPPING SMALL?

Most of us, make shopping decisions from the standpoint of convenience.  There is a growing movement of people who make those decisions based on ethics, not just convenience.  Those who are ethical vegans will often look for other vegan brands to support, for example.  Another way to shop more ethically is to do a lot of research and find brands that are ethical from an ecological standpoint, or that are made using fair labor standards.   It can all get confusing really fast - not to mention expensive!  Although there is a strong case to be made for quality over quantity, not everyone can afford luxurious eco-friendly products. Enter the small business world. When you buy from a small business owner,...

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