Virtual Window Shopping

Virtual Window Shopping

Remember walking around the mall just to see what was there? Checking out window after window in the shop fronts or strolling your “Main Street” and checking out what was in the shop windows? If you’ve been in business long enough you probably remember a time when customers or potential customers did just that and then wandered on in. What’s changed? Where did some of those folks go? There are a few theories floating around like they’re all shopping online or brick and mortar retail is dead. Both of those are myths.  By most estimates, 90% of shopping is still […]

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Plum Bainbridge

Shop Talk | Plum

Theresa Collier likes to say that she flies by the seat of her pants—and she may well have when she first opened her store—but her decisions to develop the store by jumping into new things were very strategic and methodical. Theresa’s boutique, Plum, is a picturesque shop on the equally picturesque island of Bainbridge Island in Washington. Although she got her first taste for running a store when the Bloedel Reserve public garden asked her to open a gift shop, she took a leap of faith and opened her own shop in 2014.  “I’ve been wanting to do this for […]

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Shop Talk Retrospective

Shop Talk 2019 Retrospective

When I started this blog two years ago I had no idea how it would evolve. It’s been fun, challenging, inspiring, and incredibly educational to not only hear what these shop owners and consultants are doing to create success but to also get to know them on a personal level. Whoever said business isn’t personal is dead wrong. It’s 100% personal from the desire to create and grow a business that will support your family to the people who work with you and the customers you serve. It’s all relationship with business thrown in.  I’m humbled by the wisdom and […]

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Shop Talk | Revolution Boutique

Shop Talk | Revolution Boutique

Talking shop with Brad Leyden is to really understand how he, in his own words, puts the “pedal to the metal” in running his own business. His enthusiasm for retail is undeniable and he loves to share his experiences in the hopes of helping other retailers. Just four years ago, Brad found himself newly divorced and at the helm of a business he hadn’t wanted in the first place but couldn’t bear to part with. There was a pivotal moment when something clicked inside him and he realized his business not only affected his own livelihood but that of his […]

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Shop Talk | Reedy Consulting

Do I have a treat for you! I know I’ve become your go-to-online-marketing-for-retail-shop-owner guru. And I also know you love all the tactical info you get from my Shop Talk interviews. But this month I’m beyond excited to bring you a different kind of article that is still very relevant to your business. You’re gonna want to highlight so many sections of this article! So grab a cup of tea, sit in a quiet place and absorb all the gems you’re about to receive. This month, I had the privilege to chat with some very seasoned retail consultants who, not […]

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Customer Service is Your Secret Weapon

Customer Service Is Your Secret Weapon

Brick and mortar retail vs. online retail. We’ve all seen and heard the news stories, predictions, and studies. You know what? I don’t care what they say.  From all the interviews I’ve done this year, it’s obvious that there’s room for both and the existence of online retail does not have to mean the demise of brick and mortar. In fact, I think technology helps retailers!  What I DO care about—and I think you should, too—is one factor that sets brick and mortar apart from online retail: focused, real-time, in-person customer service! Sure, websites offer customer service when something goes […]

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Shop Talk | Haven A Boutique

In Woodland, CA, there is a little haven for shoppers in need of a warm, friendly, and well-curated place to shop. Coincidentally, it’s called Haven A Boutique and it’s owner, Rosemarie Leonardi, is a welcoming and very open interviewee. In fact, so much so I’m going to need a separate article to address all the things we talked about! But for now, I want you to get to know Rosemarie and how her social media strategy was integral to launching her store and how she continues to grow her following and her business. Haven A Boutique is just shy of […]

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Event Ideas to Keep Customers Coming

Event Ideas to Keep Customers Coming

Being your own boss is the dream. And living the dream should be fun, right? One important way to build in fun is through events and as a retail store owner, you already have the venue! But when you’ve been in biz for many years, sometimes the idea mill slows down. Lucky for you, the boss ladies from my Shop Talk interviews have shared their successful events. Now I’m sharing them with you. Events offer multiple and sometimes underestimated perks. The first is customer appreciation. There’s no better way to show customers how much you appreciate them than by spoiling […]

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Claim Your Business on Google

Have you ever noticed that when you google a business, you often see what looks like random pictures on the right hand side? And below that is some information like a website, phone number, etc.? Did you know you could control what comes up there when someone searches for your business? Well, you can! You do it by claiming your business on Google using their free tool “Google My Business.” Once you claim your business you can add all kinds of information like hours, website, and your own gorgeous photos and videos. Customer reviews and uploaded photos will also be […]

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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 […]

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