Monday, June 22, 2009

The Retail Challenge

I wanted to bring to your attention a movement or call it a challenge that was first put forth by a Canadian women via her blog site called "Not a Shopaholic". Her name is Christina. On her blog site http://notashopaholic.blogspot.com/ she issued a "Retail Challenge" to encourage support of small independant businesses during this time of economic downturn. This challenge was created out of necessity to get the message out that if you want your favorite brick and mortar stores to survive, you must support them! It’s about funneling revenue back into the local community. If half of the Canadian population* spent $100 every month, that would generate $1 660 634 800 into the Canadian economy.

If $100 is too much, spend $50 or whatever you can afford. Anything is better than nothing. To take up this challenge all you have to do is pick 3 independently locally owned businesses you would miss if they disappeared. Stop in. Say hello. Buy something that makes you smile. Your purchases are what keeps those businesses around. We can all do our part to help strengthen the local economy by patronizing local small businesses in our community. I know I am. As a small business owner I really appreciate my customers especially those who have continued to support my business during this tough economic time.

Hello Bonjour....

Well this is my first attempt at blogging! It's been quite a year and a half for me. I retired from the Federal Government after 34 years and in October 2006, I started a new retail store called "French Vanilla Home and Garden". In July 2007 I launched my store's e-commerce website and now this....blogging! Who would have thought! Has it been challenging?....a bit, stressful?.... some days, rewarding?....most definitely! I love owning my own retail store, filling it with things I love and helping my customers find that perfect item or gift! I am enjoying this new phase of my life and look forward to learning new things, having new adventures and making new friends along the way!

Sheila
(established July/2008)