Monday, March 24, 2008

In The Doghouse... where Preston has been. Now if only he can get Myah to go in there! She insists on being outside a lot, especially if we're not home, even if it's raining. So Preston made her a house but so far the only time she goes in there is to keep the neighbors' dog from going in.

So my store has been open for three weeks now, and it remains to be seen what "business as usual" means. Of course I'm still in the process of finding out what works and what doesn't. The first thing that didn't work was the coffee pot. I mean, it works--as in, you turn it on and coffee comes out--but what I didn't take into account was that my customers don't come in to hang around and drink coffee, they don't stay long enough. Which is fine, except what that means is that I make coffee and then I drink it all myself. How much coffee can one woman drink? Not that much, as it turns out. So the coffee pot was sacrificed in favor of a bigger set of shelves for my gift-y stuff. And now I have some craft supplies in there as well. I have to be careful not to try to cram too much in there or it will look like a junk shop and that is what I DON'T want.

But so far, so good. I have met quite a few new people already, and everyone has been so positive about my being there! Kelly Pezza from the Chariho Times came and interviewed me this past Saturday and took some pictures, so there will be something about me in this Thursday's paper which should give me a boost. With no budget for advertising, I need all the free publicity I can get!