Best Music Buy

So the spouse wants to buy some musical instrument to add on to his ever growing collection in the basement.  Lucky for us  Guitar Center has, novation at a great price!  that means , I don’t have to spend a lot of money to get what he wants .  I like buying things at a reasonable price and since Father’s day is round the corner , this will be my good price present for him and he would definitely want it and enjoy it.  I don’t like buying things that he doesn’t need or want , why waste the money.

Trading Cards

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Some new random items in today, Star Wars trading cards, Pokemon starter kits, Garbage Pail Kids and more!  Our trading cards prices must be the best in town , even better than some big stores in town , so you have to come buy from us and support your local business.  We also have much more , like Hockey cards, Magic Cards , Pokemon Cards, Yugi-Oh Cards as well.

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Garbage Pail !!! Nostalgia much ?  I had a customer come in with her son and had to buy a pack just for old time sake.

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And our new pokemon trainer set.

Guitars At Good Prices

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Looking at this  dean vendetta  I wished that I can bring this in to re-sell at our store.   The price is good and it looks really decent and after reading its review , I think this is quite a decent guitar to start with for just about anyone.  If only , we had more space at the store , we can definitely re-sell this item easily.  I know of many people who would love to get their hands on a new guitar at a reasonable price but decent looking and decent in sounds.

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.

Portable Stopwatch For Music

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The traditional  metronome looks like the above and no we do not carry this in our store even though we do carry some musical accessories.  So when a customer came in asking for a  seiko stopwatch   I didn’t know what it was.  And it was good to find out more about it because my daughter takes piano lessons too and she might need a portable metronome in the future for her music classes.    A pretty neat device as it has the  Metronome/Tuner/Stopwatch functions and it can work simultaneously without any trouble whatsoever.  So we may try to carry this for those customers who may need it , especially since we are considering moving to a bigger spot meaning more space to carry more musical accessories.  One can always hope and anticipate for better and bigger store.

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Inventory Flood

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It had been a crazy, crazy summer, we were very busy.  Besides the store, and the kid who was on summer break, you can imagine we had our hands full.  As you can see, the boss never stopped buying *arrrrghhhh*  , we have so much inventory , you wouldn’t believe it, we had to rent a warehouse !  Yes, like I’ve always said for the past year now, we need a bigger store but I loved this store so much.  This store is nothing but good for us and I hate to move and kill the good karma/mojo here.  So what do one do?  Love this store but need a bigger space for more inventory ?  yes, a real headache.  What is the best solution for it?

The buildings that are suitable are way too expensive and the ones that are affordable needs a lot of renovation work and in this town to find a good contractor who is willing to finish what they started and do it right the first time , can be really hard to find.  There is no win-win situation here and we don’t want to settle , if you know what I mean.

Story Of My Life At The Store

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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 .

New Sign For The Store

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I’m thinking of making a new sign to hang around the store , telling shoplifters that we will embarrass the hell outta them if they are caught.  Gonna show it to my friends from home and get their input before printing them out.  What do you think?

Commitment Or Devotion?

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As a small business owner, we have to pretty much run the business on our own unless you find someone trustworthy.  And in our 16 yrs in business, we have so far found a very good part-time but he already have a regular job but took pity on our situation, so comes every time he gets a chance.

There are many a times, whereby I get really upset because we never could go anywhere for a good long, relaxing holiday.  Even when we did have help before, we couldn’t really go for a holiday with a good conscience.  The boss doesn’t like to close the store for more than a day at a time and even if we did , he wouldn’t be too happy to spend time with us.

Is it devotion or commitment or stupidity?  one was told that one needed time for relaxation and time to rejuvenate but nope not him.  He doesn’t like to travel nor leave the store and if he could be at the store 24/7 , I think he might just do that.

It is definitely not easy to be a small business owner and more so with one who doesn’t seems to know how to relax.  Every other businesses that we know, knows how to close the store for a week or two but nope not him.  Even when I just had a baby, he still needed to open the store.  So if you are thinking that it is awesome to work for yourself, think again.  Or if you think that it is great to be the boss’s wife – it isn’t !  it suxs ! big time !

Furnishing My Cottage

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We’ve had our cottage for more than a year now , but have yet to furnish the inside.  As you can see, the outside looks pretty awesome but we had to repaint the inside as well and with weather that we had last year, it was quite impossible.  This year, we also have to do some foundation work in it and then off to  www.goodshomefurnishings.com  for some good furniture to furnish the cottage and prepare for the summer and awaiting for our guests to come and stay for the summer.   I seriously , cannot wait to furnish my cottage and call it our summer home as well as a guest house for our guest from all over the world.

PS3 Clean Up

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Holy Moly !  no wonder the PS3 doesn’t wanna work !  this belongs to a customer of course, he didn’t buy it from us, probably brought it from the yard sale and brought it to us to clean it out.  Some people just smoke and have dusty houses i guess.

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But the boss don’t feel iikeee about it and will clean it up for them for a mere $20 !!!!  I wouldn’t go near it – that’s for sure.

UpTown Or Downtown

cats2 buildings downtown to choose from and a proposal for a downtown building as well.  So where do we move?  do we want to own our own building or just continue to rent a bigger space.  Rent downtown or uptown?  so many choices and so many decisions one has to make.  What to do ?  what to do?

Merriest Christmas To All

The Merriest Christmas and Happy New Year to all.  This has been the busiest and happiest year thus far for us here at the store.  Why?  because we are sold out of a lot of things and more stock coming in during the new year and we also am at our highest sale of all the years we’ve been in business.

We opened on Boxing Day – the real one and today Saturday and it is still as busy as yesterday.  Last nite we closed at 10.30pm and people were still spending money.  Holy moly !  we are so blessed by the people of this town and the surrounding areas.  15 yrs in business, really puts us in the map.  But we will continue to strive and bring in more stuff for the people/customers.  Next year we have more in plan.  Plus we do have Jeff to help us this year, we are so blessed.  Jeff is very knowledgeable and also genuinely happy to help the customers and never grouchy at all, so nice for a change.

 

Chambers Of Commerce

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In our 15 years in business, we’ve never joined the chambers of commerce in town.  Why?  we really didn’t feel a need to because it’s a bunch of elite people gathering around and drinking and eating and doing a lot of volunteering work that we don’t have the time for.  Of course, joining the chambers also requires a membership fees and I don’t quite understand why they never approached us till we were very established.

The boss and I are usually working on our own, and don’t have the time to mingle and gossip or do any volunteering work for the town.  Sure we want to support the town with any upgrades and improvements but basically we just want to make an honest living.  And you know the boss, he has no time for small talk because if he had time, he rather go home and play some video games or watch a movie.  So there you have it, we just want to make an honest living and the rest, we just like our privacy.

False Friends

cats1I’m sure we all have one of those, it’s quite unfortunate for us, we have a few of these people around us and we try to avoid them as best as we can.  But they know where to get us when they need something from us and the boss has one such friend too.  You never see him and he tries to sabotage you anytime he gets, he conveniently forgets that he owes us money and that he stole from the store.

Anyhow, he is without a job for a long time now and had asked the boss if we had a job for him.  Of course, the boss didn’t tell me but I’m sneaky like that and found out and almost screamed out ” OF COURSE NOT! ”  I will hire the dog, cat and mouse but nope I will never hire you!  No wonder he was so nice to us when we met him at the mall !  holy moly !  some people have no shame do they?

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.

Donate/Sponsor Decent People

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Owning a store means that we are constantly asked to sponsor or donate to different people, organization or events and fund raisers.  But over the years, we’ve also developed a very thick skin and only donate to those who didn’t rip us off in any way.

Liked I say before, you can only ripped us off once and you will never get another cent from us.  So when we are asked to donate to an organization or raise funds for someone who works for that organization or whose parents ripped us off once, you will know that they will not get another penny from us.

Having said that , we donate generously to various causes in town, like the library, the YMCA, Red Cross and various orphanages around the world.  But once you or yours ripped us once, that’s it, you cannot ask for anything from us.  SORRY.

Awesome Month At Store

It has been an amazing month at the store, we had been so busy not only with the store but with getting in new inventories.  The boss had been busy with the repairing of computers and laptops as well as attending to the customer.  We didn’t have much free time last month at all, so our plans to go to the city for a few days had to be shelved.

The boat is back with much excitement to the people in town, we’ve seen quite a few tourists but not from the States but from across Canada, like Vancouver and a family from Nunuvat !  The sun is also warming up now, and we’ve opened the door and left the screen door shut now.

As for the store hours, they remain the same and we continue to see that it has made little impact on us that we are closed on Sundays.  So we are good overall, I cannot say I miss the help we have at the store as the boss and I are able to handle everything on our own.  With the extra money that we are not spending now, I’m able to buy myself more designer bags muahahah!

Summer Ready For The Store

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Loving all the beautiful flowers that we saw at Canadian Tire and was tempted to buy it for the store to decorate it.  But I reminded myself that one cannot have too much flowers in a store like ours.  Ours ain’t a girly girl store – it’s more a geeky kinda store , so I stopped myself.

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But downtown would be so beautiful if the town would invest in these flowers to beautify downtown.  I bet the tourist would love it too.