Shop Talk with Sibling Revelry

Shop Talk | Sibling Revelry

21 years ago, Cathy Holdorf (pictured above, right) and her sister, Dorothy Williams (pictured above, left), embarked on a retail journey with no previous experience and opened Sibling Revelry in Corvalis, Oregon. They knew nothing about the industry. Zero. Well, nothing about the business side of fashion, anyway. What they had, however, turned out to be a lot more valuable. Their readiness to acknowledge what they didn’t know and the eagerness to ask for help. It’s a critical lesson for a new business, but one that’s also very useful for established ones. Cathy was always interested in retail. She learned […]

Facebook Events

Getting people through the door is pretty much the holy grail of any local boutique.  It’s why they exist! So why not use every tool at your disposal—especially when it’s free. If you’re building or have built a loyal Facebook following, then let’s talk about Facebook Events. So why create a Facebook event? People love a party! And they like to invite their friends to go with them. A Facebook event is easy to share in Facebook or in Messenger and features a convenient button to indicate if someone is “going” or “interested” in going. I love these two buttons […]

Shop Talk - Sound Styles

Shop Talk | Sound Styles

If Jenny Murphy has learned anything in the 33 years she’s owned Sound Styles, it’s that building relationships—be it with customers, her team, or anyone else—is a long game and that the stamina and the will to keep doing it comes from respecting and treating people like family. In Jenny’s case, it all started with family – literally. Retail has been Jenny’s passion and only profession since high school. After cutting her teeth at Nordstrom for several years, Jenny co-founded Sound Styles with her mother (they even ran the business with Jenny’s brother and father for some time!). With her […]

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5 Habits to Increase Facebook Engagement

Wondering where to put your energy and effort when it comes to Facebook? As the owner of an independent boutique your time is precious, so I’ve done some of the legwork to give you 5 habits you should cultivate to optimize engagement on your business Facebook page. Your posts should be a mix of 70% video, 20% image with text, and 10% link posts. That’s according to Mari Smith, a highly sought-after keynote speaker on social media and the Top Facebook Marketing Expert! To highlight that large percentage above, make sure to do more video. BuzzSumo shares that “videos get […]

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Shop Talk | The Mustard Seed

Barbara Wiggins, owner of the Mustard Seed (opened 1982) in Napa, California (1227 First St.), has been in business for 46 years. Having had four stores in as many cities during this time, it’s stating the obvious to say that she loves retail – her love for retail has its roots in her childhood when she preferred to play with a cash register over dolls. It was a treat to speak with Barbara about the retail industry because she carries the same fun-loving spirit from her childhood to her work today. And with the breadth of her experience and willingness […]

Do More Video on Social. Here’s Why.

By now, you’re probably in full personal-improvement mode with whatever resolutions you’ve made to do better and be better. Perhaps you’ve set some goals and picked a word to define your year. It’s all great momentum going into a new and fresh year. There is one word that will drive online marketing in 2019 and where you might want to think about putting some energy and effort: Video. On all platforms. Facebook, for example, is prioritizing Live and Watch. Watch launched globally last year and according to Facebook newsroom, already has 400 million monthly viewers and 75 million daily viewers. […]

Shop Talk | Blue Moon Boutique

Patti Blake isn’t fearless. She has a hefty email list, a strong social media presence, and a profitable mission-driven business, but she isn’t fearless. She’s courageous. “Courage and fear are not mutually exclusive,” said New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown, “Most of us feel brave and afraid at the exact same time.” Back in 2012, Patti found herself as an empty nester with the desire to create something new – specifically, a boutique. She was inspired by a beautiful store she visited, which not only had gorgeous merchandise, but also gave away 10% of their revenue to international charities. […]

My Top 2018 Reads to Empower You in 2019

As we round the end of the year it’s natural to look back and assess the highs and lows, what worked and what didn’t, AND what helped us get through it and grow as a business owner and more importantly as a person. I’m excited to share my top 5 books of 2018. I’m a multi media reader, meaning I read actual paper books, digital books, and I listen to audio books. As many of you know I spend quite a bit of time in my car seeing clients all over the west coast and I know many of you […]

Entrepreneurial Burnout. It happens!

I remember when I started my own business. I couldn’t believe the time had finally arrived! Was I scared? Heck yes! But my desire for my own gig was greater than my fear. To be fair, my boss back then gave me the final nudge. He knew it was the right time and told me so. And in that moment, I was on my own. Deer, meet headlights. I ventured into the unknown of business ownership armed with just my rolling rack and five garment bags. It was seven months until my first check and two years before I really […]

Royal Wedding Colors On Trend

Unless you’ve been completely off grid, you probably heard about or saw the royal wedding of Prince Harry and our very own Meghan Markle – now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The Duchess has a great sense of style. It shone through the color palette of the wedding party. Spring 2018’s dominating color trend is muted, soft, and feminine, featuring light pinks, purples, greens, yellows, and milky whites. The royal wedding photos scream “Trend”! We saw Camilla in pale pink, Meghan’s mother in soft green, and Kate in pale yellow. The Queen was in her trademark vividness (she is, […]