More Inventory & Busier At The Store

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I’m sure you all know the dilemma we have at the store right?  we have too many inventory , overload and the store had been even more busy this year as far as I am concern.  I think it is an understatement to say that we are so ready to move but on the other hand, I don’t want to change a good thing when it isn’t broken.  It is not broken , but the boss definitely need more space to do the work he needs to do and also to display all the inventories that we already have upstairs , at the back of the store and in the basement of the store.

Bigger Store For More Inventory

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We have been looking for a bigger store to carry more inventory in the music department.  From more mics to cables and even  crickets sound effect gadget for the musicians in town. At the moment, we only carry limited things because we have no space to display them , no more extra glass cabinets to fit the store.  As soon as we can buy a new store , that is bigger , we would definitely want to carry more inventory.

Groupon 90 Minutes Visit To Town

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So I read yesterday about the Nova Star Cruises Groupon offer and after much reading on CBC news as well as Facebook, I have mixed feelings about the promotion.    To me , the marketing department of Nova Star Cruises or the person who went on Groupon to do this promo, didn’t word this promo too well.   If you read carefully, on the itinerary on the promotion, this is what it said and I quote :

On arrival in port, at 8 a.m., all passengers will be required to briefly disembark and go through Canadian customs, before immediately returning to the ship for a 9:30 a.m. departure and the 10-hour return voyage back to Portland.

I think this really doesn’t sit well on the people on our end, if you asked me.  Many concerned asked what can you do in 90 mins and what is the targeted visitors here?  And I’m fully aware of their concerns and where they are coming from.  I’m 50 yrs old and I know I won’t be spending $600 for a family of 3 to sit on the boat for this long , just for a 90 mins stopover.  That’s way too short for me and my family (but I’m talking about my family only).

 So lets just say they are targetting the older retired couples or single folks – would they really want to spend 20 hours to and fro from Maine to Yarmouth and spend another 90 minutes in Yarmouth and then go right back home?  I can’t speak for them , so I will ask some older – retired folks before I can tell you the answer.

Now what the town people are concerned about is , what would the 90 minutes in town benefit them and why do businesses want to be opened any earlier , except for those right by the ferry terminal.  There are just too many cons in this marketing strategy but of course that’s only my opinion and what do I know right? being a small business owner for only 16 yrs.

We have never done tourists business but I feel really bad for those who are waiting for the boat to come back and for them to bring in the tourists.  I feel for them .

Kudos To 100 Women’s Club

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Yes ! kudos to the 100 women club for taking the initiative and forking $100 quarterly to help a non – profit organization.  I wanted to join the club too but no one approached me about it so I decided to just continue doing my own charitable work that I’ve been doing for the last 25 yrs.

Even though we’ve been in business for 16 years to date, it still seems like we are still not included in a lot of stuff that we can be helpful for around town.  But that’s ok, because that means that we don’t have to entertain and can help the charity we want to help without the big boo haaas.   Low profile works best for the boss, so we will continue being as low profile as possible.  But kudos to the 100 women who have gotten together to help others.

It’s Been A Year ……..

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It’s been about a year now since our last help left and even though we missed the extra time that we get to do things for ourselves and go to the city, it hasn’t been too bad for us.  One thing for sure is we did save a lot of money and also no longer stress with having to keep anyone happy or worried that the customer/s may be offended in any ways.

Fortunately, for us, we did get help after our last help left and this help is a lot more knowledgeable and friendly as well.  It’s hard to find good help, so when a friend say he would come help us, we definitely wouldn’t refused.

First Busy November

Novembers are usually very slow for us , well until the fishermen goes out for their lobster fishing and then we will all get busy.  But this year, everyone is busy, it’s not just us but everyone.  I’m very happy indeed to see that all businesses are doing well and hope that it will continue for the small businesses on Main Street.

And we have been selling a lot of Pokemon cards of late – I can’t believe it !  and Yugi – Oh too!  it’s awesome!  seeing that people are supporting our local business more.

Music Warehouse

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Sometimes, when  our supplier don’t have the musical instrument that we need at the store, we look for it at this music warehouse that has almost everything that one can think of.  We tell everyone that we know to also  order now  if they want a good deal for any vintage or mic , guitars as they are having a store wide saving sales.

Sure they are in the States but they do ship to Canada as well, so we are in luck and I think shipping is free around USA and if it is to Canada, I know it is not too expensive either for we’ve ordered from there ourselves.  While other stores may not share this kind of info with their customers, we do because if we don’t have it why not redirect them to the right places to get what they need right?  no need to be selfish about it as far as we are concern.

Corporate Functions

The boss and I were invited to a corporate event recently by an advertiser of mine and they should have hired the  dj in charlotte nc   instead of having a live band.  They had a theme for the corporate event and that we loved very much.  Food and wine were plenty , lots of lucky draw and door prizes for everyone but when it came to the end of the night, we wanted to let down our hair and boogie the night away but they had a live band instead.

Sure they played a lot of nice songs but not the latest though and a lot of the people who were attending the event were not so old people.  So if you ever have a corporate event, I strongly suggest a dj instead of a live band.  Live bands are so yesterday!

Summer Update

Well, it had been a busy summer for us even though we didn’t see much tourist from the boat coming into our store but we did see tourists from around Canada in the store.  Some are those who’ve gone away and came back to visit and some are those who are just traveling into this province for the first time from another part of Canada.

Overall, we’ve had a great summer and with summer help from Jeff, it was really good.  We took time off and we were able to bring the kid to various places during the summer holidays.

The boss was able to take time off to go on his motor bike and so did the kid this year.  This year, I also saw the town more vibrant than it had been for a long time.  I see more good years ahead.

Free Website For Entire Town

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Yes, looks like our local internet business is providing local businesses who doesn’t have a web presence free websites for an entire year.   Now that is very nice indeed.  I wonder if they are also paying for the domain name?  So I tested out the website builder and yes, the domain name is free if they are not already taken.

Well, it ain’t exactly free because you have to pay like $4.90 per month according to the web-builder for using it.  So that would be like $58.50 per year.  But what about the following year?  do they have to pay for domain name as well as having parked their website with Web.com?

Having wrote all the above, I know it is always good to have web presence for any business, so their intentions are good and I’m all for it as long as the small business owners read the fine prints.

I Forgive You ……

When you own a small business in a small town like we do for this many years, you tend to see a lot of kind of people and there are those who are so ignorant that they don’t even know that their actions were wrong.  Is it a character flaw or did he get knock on the head when he was young?

But now instead of getting angry with those who stole from us or who’ve ripped us and then turned around and call us names every time, they see us, I’m going to turn around and tell them – I forgive you because you were born an idiot.  I’m saying this not because I’m being vindictive but because there is no other way to explain why people would behave this way.

Foggy Business For Halloween

Saw some really cheap fog machine meant for events or Halloween on sale at  Musician’s Friend  and figured I should get them now, so that when we decorate our windows for Halloween, it would be the best Halloween window.  Crazy as it might seems right now, Halloween is the boss’s favorite holiday and I think he likes decorating creepy stuff and the fog machine would definitely be something we can use on the window and also on different events around the year.

PS :  They also have a snow flurry machine – hmmmm… thinking of  Christmas window decoration as well now. 

Wedding Season In Spring

 Yes, we have been invited for a few already and one of the perks as an owner by association to the spouse’s business is knowing just about everyone in town.  And yes, we get invited to weddings !  yay!  did i tell you how much i loved weddings!!!  I go to all weddings if i could, I just love the atmosphere, the bride, the bridesmaids and the ceremony and of course the food! most importantly, the memories and the videos and photographs.

And since you only get married once in a lifetime, you probably want to get the best photographers like the  photographers in nc  .  If you see their work, you will know how good they are.  And if you asked me for advise on what’s the most important thing in a wedding is a good and professional photographer!  don’t be stingy on it now,  you pay for what you get like my mother used to say.

Full Circle

The boss just told me this evening that we already surpassed what we made last April.  Woohoo!  right?  well , kinda but it also means that we will have to pay more taxes next year if we continue the way it is.  Personal taxes are really high in Canada if you don’t know by now.  This year alone we are paying close to $20K in taxes but having said that it’s because we don’t have any employees and we don’t have any expenses.  We pay for our own coffee and any kind of stationary that we need at the store.  We are very el – cheapo, just no frills at our store, no promotional pens or fancy looking paper or plastic bags. We keep everything at lowest cost as possible.  Therefore, we are able to charge reasonable prices for everything we do in the store or sell in the store.

This August marks our 15 yrs in business and I’ve been here for 14 and the store had gone thru’ so many changes but one thing for sure is that we are quite established and can use a bigger store but I’m very reluctant to move.  Why? because I loved this place, this store has been so good to us, the feng shui is good and we are doing better each year.  I loved that the customers know where we are and are comfortable with the parking here.  I also loved that it’s so close to eateries around town.

The store is small but it only means that it’s great for just one person looking after the store, any bigger, you will need more than one person to look after if the store is busy.  There are not many blind spots in this store because it’s so small, if we do move to a bigger store, it would mean that we won’t be able to overlook the entire store – means more theft.

Plus, we really don’t want to hire anyone, because of all the money we put out and none seems to be happy for a long time.  At first, they are grateful for a job but after a few months, for whatever reason/s, they don’t want to work hard anymore.  So if we keep the store small, we can handle stuff on our own, we don’t have to waste money and if we need to go for a vacation, we just close the store for a week or two.  I think we’ve come to a full circle as of now, we’ve hired friends, we’ve hired young ppl , old ppl, middle age ppl but non seems to work out, so now we are just contented having it the way it is.  When ppl say they can’t find a job in town, that’s bullshit, they just want to be paid the highest wages for doing nothing and the least hours.  So nope, that mentally needs to be stopped, else no matter where you go, you are not going anywhere.

Going To The City

Yes, despite the fact that we don’t have someone to help open the store while we go to the city, we are still going.  Nothing is impossible in our vocabulary and customers will and can understand why we need time off without an employee.  They will just have to miss us for a day or two and they will survive I am very sure.

So to all those people out there who are thinking of quitting and giving your boss a hard time, let me tell you no one is indispensable and if you think that you are doing your boss a favor by working, you are so wrong.

Lunch Time @ The Store

So a customer told me that the boss should hire someone during lunch time, so that we can have lunch properly without interruption.  In which I replied that in our kind of small business, it is US or US – there isn’t anyone that can come in for an hour just to relieve us for lunch.    hahahha!!  and really I don’t mind having my lunch interrupted to be honest, better than paying someone 3 hrs for coming in and he talks and talks and talks non – stop while you try and have some peace and quiet.  So nope !  love to hire someone but not worth the hassle as of now.  So lunch as the store is usually take outs at the Zhu’s and I’m happy with it and if I needed to go out and have lunch with my g/fs, the boss will cover for me.

A Good Rest

A new year and a new start and the most important things in life isn’t money nor materialistic things but a good night sleep every night.  Without a good night’s rest, one cannot start the day well and eventually lead to having a lousy week.  So this year, we started the year with looking at the  the clean bedroom austin  for organic beds for not only ourselves but the kid. Why?  because both the boss and the kid has asthma and we heard nothing but good things about changing to an organic bed for health reasons.  So even though a wee bit more than what anyone wants to spend, I think this is a great long time investment.  I want a good 2014 for the entire family!

We Did It!

Yes! we did it!! we survived the holiday season without any help at the store! woohoo!!!  we are pretty resilient as you can see hahah!!  nothing really deters us.  You see, we had someone who helped us during our supper time and the busy season for the last few years and he said he didn’t want to help anymore.  So that’s ok, can’t force someone to help you when they don’t feel like it right?  afterall, we were thinking that we were helping him.

I didn’t really think that we wouldn’t make it but it would be a bit hectic for us since it was always busy during the festive season but we made it without no one getting sick or anything.  The kid was great during this time and I had a g/f who volunteered to send us home during the days she didn’t have to work and the boss didn’t have to close up at all during the festive season.  We even stayed open on Sundays during the month of December without any help! woohoo!!!

This made us realize something – that whatever the situation, we can make it work.  Hard work don’t kill no one  – now on the other hand, if you don’t work, you cannot buy the things you want – now that must be miserable.  I’ll take hard work anytime.

Christmas Rush

The Christmas rush is on now – are you done shopping for your family and friends?  we are – but I’m tell you there are still lots of people who are not done shopping.  The store is completely crazy – our store I mean, it’s a non – stop people paying for things at the store.  We are sold out of all the good stuff but of course, lots of games and movies still.  But I’m telling you this year, there seems to be more people spending money at our store – it’s awesome!

Music Gear For Christmas

This Christmas music gears like  markbass  has been selling like hot cakes at our store, had we known  we would have ordered more stuff to be re-sold at the store.  Just today another markbass was sold and at a very good price too.  Like I said earlier during the week, we do need a bigger store to bring in more music gadgets and instruments.

We knew that there is a market for them but I didn’t know how much people are willing to spend for the good stuff.  So this year, we did bring in a few markbass for re-selling, I guess next year, we are going to have to order more.  There are also some stuff that we get online for our customers too, like special orders if we don’t have it in stock, so don’t forget to check it out if you need a markbass.