Sunday, April 26, 2009
Many of the scents used in Olivina Bath and Beauty Products are influenced by fresh Mediterranean scents such as; fig, lavender, honey and olive. The Olivina line is famous for providing an incredible moisturizing and hydrating experience from among the Olivina Bath and Beauty Products line which includes soaps, body butter, bubble bath, scrubs, lotions, body washes, hand crèmes, candles and lip butter. Try One of the products which is generally found in the fashion magazines is the Olivina Olive Body Butter. The Olivina Oilve Oil Body Butter is formulated with natural ingredients such as; shea butter, coconut, almond, rose hips, coconut, grapeseed and olive oil. The product is formulated to condition skin and to help the skin maintain the moisture balance. P.S. Don't miss the lip butter, it is to die for!
Traditionally, make up cases and jewelry rolls were considered a necessary, but style-free component to a woman’s personal carry-all. Through Johnson’s eye for great patterns, shapes and her obsessive quest for beautiful functionality, they have now been resurrected to regal status to the happiness of travelers everywhere. You may not get lucky enough to have Johnson pack your suitcase (rumor has it, no one does it better), but you can be the beneficiary of Johnson’s creative solutions born from a life at 30,000 feet. Try our new Stephanie Johnson Barcelona Collection or the gorgeous Pamela Pleated Clutch, a stylish home for all of your makeup essentials, this roomy clutch also does double duty as a luxurious evening bag. Sure to dress up your night table, or your favorite cocktail dress!
Friday, April 10, 2009
They are all currently on sale in our store. Stop in to take advantage of these great limited time deals. This is a perfect opportunity to stock up on some gifts for now and for later in the year!
All Kate Spade Stationery - 40% off
All Earthworks body care products, lotions, soaps and bath truffles - Buy One Get One Free!
All Objects of Desire silk cosmetic bags and coin purses with embroidered initials - 50% Off
Stay tuned for more information on all of the wonderful new lines we will be welcoming to our store during the month of April. They are all so good, I just can't wait for you to see them! We will also be having a special Mother's Day promotion for all of those guys out there who need to shop for the mothers in their life!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Former Retailer Provides Her Own Economic Stimulus Plan for Main Street - 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 "thank you for shopping in a locally owned store" 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.org
*Note - to be sure you're clear on the $50 part—it’s $50 per month, not $50 x 3 stores per month*
About Cinda Baxter: Cinda Baxter understands retail from the inside out. Her commitment to exceeding customer expectations resulted in two national Retailer Excellence Awards and frequent press coverage ranging from Minnesota Monthly to Modern Bride. Today, she “pays it forward” to both retailers and vendors through her consulting company Always Upward, as a Contributing Editor for Gifts and Decorative Accessories Magazine, and as founder of The 3/50 Project.