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Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Managing our retail boutique in historic Carytown

    I just LOVE my job! How many people can say that? Well, this is where I find myself after all these years. I feel lucky, lucky enough to have a job and one that I really enjoy as well. I wanted to share with you some of the reasons and introduce you to the behind the scenes of the website, the hub of the business.

    First.... The Where

    According to Wikipedia: Carytown is an urban retail district lining Cary Street at the southern end of the Museum District in Richmond, Virginia. The district includes over 300 shops, restaurants, and offices. Located near The Fan District, the district is known for having a bohemian flair. The area has become a center for high-end, independent retail shops and boutiques, and is also home to one of the city's beloved institutions, the Byrd Theatre, a restored movie palace that has operated continuously since 1928 and shows second-run films for a $1.99 ticket price. Carytown is also home to the annual Carytown Watermelon Festival, which is the biggest in the United States.

    Carytown_Shopping R0806_CARY The Byrd TheaterMany of the shops in Carytown are in historical buildings. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources  gives recognition to the Cary Court shopping district for its major influence in Virginia's commercial development in the Twentieth Century.

    Carytown is also host to other great festivals such as The Beer Festival, Chalk Up the Town and A new Year's Eve Celebration akin to Times Square.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I'm always learning new things!

    I have always loved the retail end of "Girl World". And by that I mean skin care, lotions, soaps, candles. All things beautiful and girly and that smell good. Not only do I get to be first in learning all about the newest things to help your skin and make you feel wonderful, but I'm so excited to be learning how to build an internet business. I know, I'm a little bit of a geek for saying this, but it just makes my day when I can answer a question about Erno Laszlo for a customer in California, or just seeing that someone has ordered a product and I get to wrap up a package, add a sample of a little something-something and know that person will be just as excited to get it as I was to send it! And I ALWAYS include a small personal note to your invoice, just to let you know Thank You! An actual person filled your order. :)

    I get to be so creative!

    Bathtub display

    One of my VERY favorite things to do is build displays and display windows that are colorful, beautiful, and ENTICING! Ladies, I know the feeling, you enter a store and the "vibe" just makes you want to buy EVERYTHING! It's a weakness, right? The bubbles in the bath tub? Gumballs and Sixlets! (Don't eat the display!)

    And finally, CUSTOMER SERVICE!

    Can I get an "Amen"? I mean, there is a fine line when you shop in a store to being left too alone, being hovered over, or getting just the right amount of information that tips you over into buying a product you are considering trying. Also, for my internet shoppers, it's so so nice to have an email question answered promptly, or when you call, to get someone helpful and friendly on the phone! As a consumer myself, these things mean A LOT to me, so I do my very best to provide that level of service myself.

    So now you know why I love my job. If you are lucky enough to live in RVA, come by and see me, I would love to chat! If you don't live here, shoot me an email and leave a comment. I would love to hear from you!

    Laurie

     



  • Beauty from the Sea

    The Dead Sea is our home at the bottom of the world. It's a strikingly beautiful and peaceful place - a geological wonder filled with the kind of contrasts that only Mother Nature could create.

    It's mysterious: An oasis in the middle of the wilderness; a unique salty lake and muddy shoreline that holds the Earth's greatest concentration of skin-moisturizing minerals; sea water filled with a one-of-a-kind, age- delaying algae; and skin-soothing plants that grow in the driest desert conditions.

    The Dead Sea

     

    I don't know about you, but if I could  bathe in lotion, I would. I can't stand the feeling of dry skin! As many brands of lotion that are out there, it is really hard to find one that actually works. Some have too much fragrance, they smell great but don't really moisturize. Some are too greasy, some too light to make a difference. I wanted a skin moisturizer that leaves my skin feeling velvety soft, nothingmore,nothing less. And then I discovered AHAVA...

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    Deadsea Mud

    Black mineral mud found in the Dead Sea region rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron is essential to maintaining healthy, supple skin. The natural properties of mud have been scientifically proven to restore suppleness and moisture levels in overly dry skin while relieving and soothing symptoms such as soreness, roughness, redness and cracking.

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     Shea Butter

    Made from the nut of the African Shea Tree, Shea Butter provides the skin with essential vitamins needed to soften, smooth, and improve health. Its therapeutic properties aide in protecting skin from wind, cold, sun and helps heal wounds faster.
    These are only two of many ingredients in the Ahava line that gaurantee this is the best moisturizer for your dry skin. Other ingredients include Goji Berries, Date Extract, Icelandic Moss and Vitamin C.
    Over the years that I have been using this product, I have met many devotees who won't use anything else. I know that all of us here at the shop are now addicted! My absolute favorite is the AHAVA Caressing Body Sorbet. It has a fresh, buttery wonderful scent that is so rich. If you couple the Sorbet with the Softening Butter Salt Scrub, which is Jeanie's favorite, your skin feels like butter. Sherry prefers the Dermud Nourishing Body Cream for the winter. Any of the Dermud products are loaded with minerals from the mud of the Dead Sea and give your skin the ultimate quenching kiss.
    Until next time!
    Happy Moisturizing!


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