Yoga During Lunch Time

Yoga during lunch time is definitely not a bad idea at all.  I go here for yoga ball  planning to do my own yoga at the store but I found out that there is a local studio that is doing yoga session during lunch and I decided to enroll in it. So what I do now during lunch time is go for my yoga and come back and have a very light lunch like a sandwich or a salad.  Healthy living got to begin somewhere right?  I’m just hoping I continue to be motivated, maybe I should make my girl pals go with me – that would be much better you think?

Taking A Break From The Store

We took another break last week from the store and went away to the city for 3 days – and it was more tiring than being at the store because we had some missions to accomplished.  From helping a friend to buying groceries and shopping for the kid’s clothes and shoes to get her ready for school.  But I’m glad that Gary was around to help – because he is trustworthy and we can be sure that he will only do things to benefit the store and will never ripped us.

Road Work

Road work at the side street made us late for work today, we had to do a detour to get to the store.  They had part of the road blocked off – and we couldn’t get into the car park and had to wait for them to direct the traffic, so today can be quite a slow day.  I recognized some  parker industrial rubber hose  going into the drains but don’t really know what they are working on.  Hopefully, it’s only for today and it doesn’t prolong because I don’t want our customers to turn around and leave, if they think they can’t get into the parking lot.  But thus far, road works usually only take a day on Main Street or Water Street, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

I Want A Bigger Store !

Yes, I do but I refused to pay more for rent – not that we cannot afford it, it’s gonna mean we need to work a lot harder  and I don’t want to  hire anymore lazy bums to work.  So I have no choice and not complained when the  bean bag chairs  I had bought for the kid to put them in the store for her had to be brought back home instead because she don’t have space at all.   You see the kid always had a small area at the back of the store – so that we can bring her to work and let her play around the back area.  But as she grew older – she collected more toys and more movies and of course, the small space looked even smaller.  But I’m pretty happy with the size although we could really use more retail space and a wee bit more space for the kid.  So I’m going to be thankful and not ask for the impossible now.

Big Bang Theory Merchandise

I love the Big Bang Theory show very much and those of you who’ve been watching the tv sitcom would know what I mean.  So lately, the other store had been selling a lot of the Big Bang Theory stuff and I loved them and am thinking of our customers but the merchandize are very expensive and may not have a lot of profit margin on it.   So I’m still thinking of it – if it is really worth to get into it – don’t want to tie our money down and not get its return soon right?  Not a very wise decision if you asked me.

Trucking Along

So the boss bought a truck – a few years ago and his reason was to move stuff from the store to home and vice versa and sometimes to deliver stuff to customers.  Well, of course  I didn’t stop him from buying it because the truth is we do need a vehicle to move things around – else I would have to beg friends and customers to help us whenever we needed to move heavy stuff around.  Anyhow, we got the truck and used it for a few months and then the used truck needed fixing and in the end we spent a lot more money on truck than we had care to.  We also looked into some  curt trailer hitches  to use in the future in case we needed to haul more stuff around like when we are moving the store from one location to another.  That way, the boss don’t need to make an excuse to buy a bigger truck.  I’ve seen a lot of people using those trailer hitches and it’s easy and very convenient to store away when you are not using it.   And the trailer hitch will probably last forever, so it’s a great investment if you ask me.

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Lots Of Wedding In The Summer

I just saw a bridal car past by the store a minute ago and this is the 3rd one I saw this week.  Lots of wedding in this town during the summer – in fact we just came back from one – in New Brunswick and the bride had one a  bari jay  gown with her bridesmaid. The bride was beautiful and so was her entourage of bridesmaid – we had such a good wedding up in New Brunswick.  Summer is the best time for weddings and if my kid grows up and have a wedding I would definitely want her to have a summer wedding too.  Just wished they had more places for them to take good wedding pictures in this town.

Swimming In The Cool Summer Nights

The days are very warm here sometimes but by the time we get home from work it has cool down considerably – making it not so fun having a swim in our outdoor pool.  We are looking at getting a heater for the pool but  electric swimming pool heaters  are not easily found in town – so we had to look for them online.  Shopping online is definitely my favorite but which pool heater to buy?  but I’m determined to get one because with the pool heater – we can swim all year round without thinking of going on a vacation just because we want to swim in a heated pool.  I know the kids in the neighborhood would enjoy that very much too.  And I think I found the place where I can get all sorts of pool supplies, now we can all look forward to swimming soon even when we are home late from work.

Running Trailers In The Store’s Window

This summer we are putting up an LCD tv at the front of the store near the display windows so that we can run trailers there for those talking a walk in the evening or even those hanging around town.   All we need is a corner TV mount  and we are all set – because we already have an LCD tv that we ha bought a month ago.    Hopefully, with the LCD in front of the store, it would generate some buzz and bring in some more new business for the movie rental department, for in the summer, movie rentals are not as high because people tend to do more outdoorsy stuff and I don’t blame them – I would too – but movies is a must for us at home at night and there are still people who don’t know we are around and rent movies – so yes, some action on screen should perk their curiosity and bring some people in.

A More Vibrant Summer For Downtown

The Farmer’s market had been a vibrant little place during Saturday’s morning since it opened its door last year – it had really been a year.  This summer – they are planning to open on one weekday as well – in the mornings, hopefully by doing that downtown will be a more vibrant place for everyone.  I just hope that the town can get its funding to revitalize downtown like they had planned but seeing that Dexter seems against this town – I don’t really have a lot of hope for the funding.  But let me tell you everyone is trying to do its best for the town but I wished they would involved a wider range of people instead of just their own community and their people.

The Business Of Jewelry

We don’t take jewelry at our store even though people seems to think we do, they bring in their  platinum band, diamond ones and gold band to us all the time.  I sometimes wished we do take them – because I’m sure I can get some really good jewelry at a good price but having said that – we don’t want to take the risk because we don’t know how to differentiate the real stuff and the fake ones.  When I want to buy any jewelry, I would only go to a reputable shop.  So when someone came in with a platinum band, I wanted it so much but had to let it go because the spouse don’t want to take the risk and buy something that is not real.  So I guess I know where I have to get my platinium band now   – and they do make lovely wedding bands too.

New Floors For The Store

We were looking for garage floor tile  but ended up deciding that the store need new floor more than the garage.    Now if only the store belongs to us – we would gladly replace the carpets in the store but since it doesn’t why waste money on it right?  So the boss gotta talk to the landlord and see if he would do the carpets or else we would have to save the money for the carpet of the store.  Now if he is willing to do it – then we can use the money we’ve originally saved up for the garage instead.  You see being your own business owner is not as fun as everyone thinks eh.  While people think that we are swimming with money and can buy anything we want – truth is we always think of the store first and paying everyone first before ourselves.  But when it comes to our kid – that’s a different story altogether.

Babies, Babies and More Babies

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This year is the dragon year and it looks like the town is booming with babies.  Well, not only this town – everywhere!  my girlfriends from Toronto, Asia and USA all just had a dragon baby each and I’m out buying baby gifts every other week it seems and mailing them out.  I figured getting  Baby Nursery Bedding  is the best buy because they would certainly use it and wouldn’t outgrow it within a few months.  I remembered my own kid used hers for years and even though she is 8 yrs old now – she still uses some of her baby stuff .  Yes, babies everywhere – we should have open a business just doing baby’s accessories and food.

New Cafe Opens In Town

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So the new cafe opened for business a few weeks ago and I’ve heard really good reviews of the cafe – but it is high end food I have to warn you and with granite countertops houston that they are using, you can imagine how much they paid to renovate the entire place.   The counter tops from houston were very beautiful, in fact I liked it so much – I had to ask them where they got them from that is how I knew they were from a place in Houston.

Food was lovely, the ambiance even nicer but it’s a small cafe and they are now opened till 8pm from 8am.  I would love to try their desserts with some friends some day but I know that there must be more than the desserts that are good.  It’s really good to see new businesses opening downtown and I really hope they do well and is successful.

Saving Money For The Business

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One of the things we have had been planning to do for the longest time is to change all our lights in the store to led lighting – for we all know that LED lighting are safe and they don’t cost as much in electricity in the long run.   But since the building doesn’t belong to us – we were hoping the the landlord would come on board with us on this – but of course, we all know that not all landlords are willing to spend extra money if they don’t have to. So we have been saving up for the change and even though initially it would cost us a bit – I feel that it’s a great way to save money in the future – plus if we do move to another location, we can bring our LED lights with us anytime, so no worries about losing out on the investment.

Spending Wisely

When you own your own business – you tend to spend a lot more wisely because every penny earned doesn’t come easy.  While people may think that being a business owner – we make a lot of money – truth is, we spend frugally and wisely but there are some things you have buy for the quality of it and not quantity.   Take for example my laundry room – a place that I want to put my a good ironing board for ironing – so I looked for several options like a generic one or a good one like the brabantia ironing boards that I had been eying on.  Why buy such an expensive board when we say we are spending wisely?  well, you really pay for what you get – you don’t want a wobbly iron board – this one also gives you a 10 years guarantee – and the board is broader – thus making it easier to iron a bigger shirt or pants and it has a protective non-slip cap.   So I’m leaning towards buying this board instead of one I have to change every year because of a torn cover or a wobbly leg etc.  So yes, spending wisely doesn’t mean I have to be el cheapo all the time – although I am quite the el cheapo most times – but I believed in buying quality and not quantity.

Selling The Town To Investors

I want to tell my ex-boss to come invest in Canada – come build hotels here – come see the land we have and the many opportunities they can contribute to the town here – but how do I sell the town to the investors from Asia?  I scratched my head and I thought really  hard about it and I don’t really know how to begin.  Selling the town to investors is unlike trying to sell trail cameras at our store – it’s a lot harder and a lot more investment I’m asking from these investors and developers.   I talked to someone from the town and even he who had been living in this town all his life – don’t know what to tell me.

There is so much potential in this town – if I had the money – lots of it – I would definitely be doing the investing myself – but with the little we have – I have to be careful with our investment.  I cannot afford to lose our hard earn money on something that would fail right?  now if I am thinking this way – would I be confident enough to ask other ppl for their money?  what if they lose their money too?  So how do I sell this town to the people I know who’ve got money?  how do i bring money into Canada? how can I help the town to flourish?

Comic Con 2012

Some customers of ours is talking about Hal-Con in Halifax in October 2012 and while some are going to be dressed up in their favorite anime and cartoon  heroes,  their spouses on the other hand wants to get some adult lingerie costumes to attend Hal-Con with them.    Now that would be interesting – but some of these adult lingerie costumes are very well – made and they are suitable for the event – like the one in school girl costume plus I think some wants to get the adult lingerie costumes because they come in plus size and nurses uniforms.  I like the bridal ones – because I can smear some red paint on and I can be some horror story bride.  I think the girlfriends of our customers are really creative and I would loved to see them in costumes before they leave for the city when the time comes.

Fund Raising For High School

Money! money ! money! when you own a store – everyone comes in and ask for money or rather donation for their organization and i really don’t blame them.  I often asked for donations when it comes to raising money for my daughter’s school – after all they are business owners and you would think they have a few dollars to spare right?  so when people come looking for a donation I can fully understand but you and I know how many organization can you give to?

This year I am only fund raising for my kid’s school but when the high school asked me to raise funds for them for some incubators for their labs – how can I refused it right?  after all they are our future generation and we really have to look after them.   So my fund raising efforts begin this week and I am looking for money for some incubators – hopefully, other businesses don’t avoid me.

Coat Rack For Employees

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Not for my store – but definitely at a friend’s store – in town.  I had seen the waitress hanging their coat on a chair meant for the customers – so I told him he need to get a standing coat rack at CoatRacks.com for his employees  – that way the restaurant doesn’t look so unprofessional.   As a customer and friend – I felt a need to really point things out to him and told him he needs to be a little bit more professional with his employees as well.  So I’m going to check the restaurant out in a few days and see if he had gotten the standing coat rack for his employees – afterall they can use the coat rack to hang their handbags too right?