Building For Sale

Yes, another building up for sale but we had thought that the owner was selling it to her niece, so we were quite surprised to see it on the real estate listing. Locality is good and the building is by far the best we’ve seen in terms of condition and only needs a few more  destaco clamps  to work on some areas and it’s ready to be used in any way we want.   Unfortunately, the price is pretty high and even though we can afford it – we are not willing to pay that much for a building and then left with no cash to turnover.

Of course, if the owner is desperate enough, she might consider lowering the price and we can think about it again. But thus far, the building is not as big as we want, so we are not in a hurry to make an offer yet. I figured if we needed to spend as much money, we might as well purchase a bigger location, and then renovate it ourselves to what we want and turn the extra space into a income property.  Lots of potential in other buildings in the town.

New Store New Renovations

So our journey continues, looking for a bigger store to  move into and we have had several options from owning our own store to renting a bigger one.  But all needed some kind of renovation work – the difference is only – whether we have to fork out the money on our own or continue renting from the same landlord in a bigger location.  So I went looking at  replacement windows richmond va  for some prices for comparison – in case we decide to buy a building – which is the preferred option.  But any place that we decide to move needs good windows because we have had experience where the windows are not double paned, we ended up paying a lot in heat and that really almost caused us to close our store one year many  years ago.

So this time, we are going to be very smart, if we do move in anywhere, we are going to have the windows replaced and doors replaced since they are very old buildings and only by doing it the right way the first time, we don’t have to pay and arm and a leg for heat.   A lot is on the table right now and even though I rather stay at this location because of the best feng shui we’ve had in years, it’s a necessity for a bigger store.

Office Automation

Many a times we have customers asking for software for their computers like the   web workflow software  or the powerpoint software and sometimes drawing software.  And as much as we would love to be a one-stop shop for every customers need, there are just too much software out there to stock every thing there is out there.

As a small business, we know that the changes in software’s need is so rapid, so instead of stocking them, we only order them when a customer needs them.  Unfortunately, not everyone is willing to wait for the software to arrive in a few days but luckily, web workflow software can be downloaded immediately through the website, I wished that other software allows my other customers to download immediately with a code, now that would make things a lot easier.  One can always hope that one day it would be so easy, even with a kiosk that sells the software would be great for our store.


More Inventory

Most of our customers are looking to buy racks and stands  when they buy a tv at our store but we haven’t carried a lot of these kind of inventory because we don’t have enough space in the store as it is.  But things may change if we do buy a building ourselves and have lot of display area.  I think I would really like to carry more inventory of these kind because, one really can’t lose a rack or stand because they are of bigger object and not likely to get stolen. Therefore, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping to come across a good business building to buy.

Corporate Lawyers For Small Business Owners

 We met with a friend today who introduced another friend to us during lunch and it looks like he is interested in opening his own business in this town.  Not surprised seeing that the property prices are so low here – and he wanted to pick my brains as to which corporate lawyers he should use.  And since ours is a very small town, I don’t really know if anyone here does just corporate law like the  corporate lawyer raleigh nc  a firm that I’ve read about recently.   So I told him that I would check with the spouse as we don’t use one ourselves since we don’t have huge liability like what this guy wants to do.  But he is right, every small business should retain a corporate lawyer just in case.  I might have to run this by the spouse soon and ask him what he thinks about it.

sexual harassment in the office

Ahhhh..! sexual harassment in the office, the subject that folks do not want to talk about and know little about too.  What is considered a sexual harassment in the office and why you must speak up if you feel uncomfortable about insinuating remarks or when someone touches you in the office inappropriately.  And what about you?  what is the fine line from a joke and making your co-workers feel uncomfortable?    Some people may not know that men can also feel that they are harassed by their female co-workers or bosses too – and it’s not just the women that can be sexually harassed these days.   To find out more about sexual harassment in the office find sexual harassment lawyers San Diego  for more information, especially if you are currently being sexually harassed and don’t know what you should do.

Spring Decoration For The Store

So Christmas is over – all the decorations are down and kept away – thank God for Gary – who did everything from putting them up and bringing them down.  I don’t know what I will do without him now – but wait till he sees the  hanging baskets flowers  that I have pre-ordered for spring decoration for the store – haha!  I know it’s too early for Spring but when you own a store – you have to be a season ahead of everyone else.  So when it’s time to hang up the flowers, I know I have them already.   Of course, we are not going to have a lot of flowers indoors but some to welcome the spring and look forward to a fantastic summer.  I think this summer is going to be way better than last.

Storing Our Vehicles For Winter

Some cars we only use during the summer because during the winter, there is too much salt on the ground and also we don’t have winter tires for the vintage car that my father-in-law keep for a hobby.  This year we are thinking of buying another vehicle for plowing the snow with so a  bendPak lift may be the way to go, if we want all our cars kept in the garage.  So instead of building another garage or expanding the present one, the easy fix is to get a bendpak lift which is way cheaper than buying a storage unit or renting one in the long run. The ones we saw for our need is not expensive at all but of course, they do have the heavy duty ones for people who likes to work on their cars or trucks during the winter.  I do like the use of these lift because we can store it away when we don’t need them and they can be easily move from one place to another.

Good Deals For Christmas

Everyone wants to look for a great deal for Christmas and I don’t blame them and even though we own our own small business, we are still looking out for good deals in anything we need.  We wanted to get some cigars for our business associates and clients – like those that give us regular business (ie :  the schools and some rental places and of course the justice department) because without them, we won’t be around for this long.  Cigars in town are quite expensive, there we get them from some  cigar auction sites  after I accidentally stumble upon it.  Now I can get any amount of cigars that I liked by bidding on them. But I do read up on them and it tells me exactly what I’m bidding for, sometimes i can get cigars at really good prices here.   I used to only know how to buy the Davidoff brand but now with the auction site, I am able to see more varieties at a good price, so buying Christmas gifts for Christmas don’t break our bank no more.

Lots Of Work In USA

While shops are closing its door after Christmas, I’m very happy  that there are jobs available in USA, for anyone who wants to work in the retail industry.   So people cannot say that the economy in the States is bad because if there are jobs available online – then one never have to fret.  Look at the  job bank, one can apply for a job immediately by going on their website – from Pharmacy Technician to Stacker or bagger –  so if anyone tells you they can’t find a job – please make sure that they see this website – Kroger is a huge grocery chain in many USA and constantly looking for good employees.  So folks – if you cant’ get a job – it doesn’t mean there isn’t one, you just haven’t found the right job.

Feng Shui For Offices

Many people uses feng shui for their homes and offices and water fountains from  henri fountains  has a whole range of of water fountains that one can buy to use in their offices or home.  I’ve considered using a water fountain at the store myself  – but they say that placing a water fountain at the store needs to be placed in a wealth position and the wealth position  needs to be calculated according to the people who are in the store or the person who owns the store.  So I prefer to let the experts tell me where my wealth corner is – that way I wouldn’t make any mistake and have the store suffer a loss in money.  Of course, for those who just want a water fountain to beautify the office or home, you can do so too.  But anything to help the store make more money is good – a prosperous store is what we all want for the business.

Fishing Season Open Soon

Dumping day is just round the corner and the fishing season for the town is about to begin here – I see the fishermen with their trucks all ready with  jib crane  for the season.  The weather had been really warm just like last year – I wonder how it would affect the fishermen this year – but one can always be hopeful right?  Fishing had been the mainstream livelihood for this town for the longest time but the fishermen rarely spend their money in town it seems – they also usually go on holidays with the entire family as soon as the weather turns really cold here.   We don’t usually see them around before the fishing season starts and after the season ends – they are all out of town – but the people who benefits from the fishermen are the car dealers, the heavy machines business and of course the oil company but I still wish them well – and hope  that the season will be a good one for them.

Back Pain While At Work

 3 weeks ago, my back started hurting where the spine is.  I know I didn’t do anything strenuous at all nor could I have a slipped disc  – not possible.  So I was guessing, it was probably strained from carry my kid and some baby that belongs to a friend.  Anyhow, I started taking pain killer with codeine in it but it didn’t helped at all.  Everyone’s advise was to go see a doctor or a chiropractor but I know that it wasn’t that serious and time will ease the pain and I will get some relieved some time soon.  But after having the painf or 2 weeks, I was beginning to get worried, especially if one needed to work and look after a kid full time.  Of course, my back is feeling much better now and then I saw this meds called traumeel  – now if i had known about this meds – I would have tried this too.  This meds sounds really like something I need and they are about the same prices that I paid for – my pain killer with codeine.  What a little research on the net can do for one eh.

Health Insurance For Workers

Workers compensation here in the West only covers so much for the worker and we’ve been looking for health insurance for our workers and ourselves lately because the store is doing better this year than we did for the last couple of years.  So it’s time to look out for ourselves as well and like they say – the workers is our greatest asset and if you don’t take care of your assets than you are not going to be making a lot of money.  Blue Cross can get very costly but I know that they do cover you for dental and the  best hearing aid  if you need it and we all know that when you get older you do need them. We do have a ear, mouth and nose specialist in town and he told us recently that hearing aids are much more needed by workers than we think.  But we are going to check out other insurance agencies to see if we can get a better rate to cover our health and others.

Car Trouble At Work

I was having some trouble with our car door for the longest time and a customer who had seen me come out of  the car with so much difficult came to help me one day when I got to work.  It was the  rivet nut  that needed replacing and truth be told I wouldn’t know what to do but most men are very handy and this one being a mechanic, well, he knew what was wrong with the door immediately.  It didn’t take him too long to fix it and now my car door is all good.  I’m grateful for all these good customers and I can named a few who have been helping us throughout the years we’ve been in business, so as much as I don’t like retail business, I have to say that these helpful and good customer does make my day.

Before We Put Away Our Sandals

Before we put away our spenco sandals  we are going to head out to the beach one last time before the weather turns too cold for the beach.  So we hope to head out to the city this weekend and visit Peggy’s Cove and head out to the waterfront  or  the beach if the weather permits if not, we will have to  swim in the hotel’s pool.  I don’t know if we are going to have time to head out to the city again anytime soon but I’m hoping it won’t be too long before we go again because of my Chinese/Japanese  food and the swimming pool in the hotels that we stay in.  I’m so looking forward to this weekend and if you are wondering why we didn’t go during the long weekend, it’s because nothing is open during the holidays here.

New Business In Town

A financial institute is supposed to be coming next door to us where the gift store used to be but for months now since last year November, they had been renovating the inside of the store.  The other day, our parking space was taken again and work was being done according to the boss at the empty store, so I had wanted to go during lunch time to ask them to move their van and saw some  church chair  inside the empty store front – I am guessing that they will be moving in really soon.   I’m extremely curious to know who they are because the old gift store neighbor had always been good with us.  Unfortunately, the physio-therapy office on the other side never even bother to say hello – so sad.  But yes, some office chairs that looks like chairs that my church uses were all wrapped up still and sitting and waiting to be unwrapped.  Can’t wait to see who our new neighbor is.

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?

Best Customer/Renter Award

We are thinking of having a contest going for this Christmas at the store.  We want to award somebody with the Best Customer/Renter award with not only a trophy  but also with free rentals for an entire year.   We used to do this before but stopped after Movie Gallery came along and took all our regular customers away but since Movie Gallery had been gone for almost 2 years and business and the rental side is picking up every month, I think it is once again time to remind and reward the best customer/rental – to boost and to inform customers that being loyal to us has its advantage. The last time we had this competition, it was pretty well received but this time, we are going to give them a trophy as a momento.


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.