Friday, April 10, 2009


Watch this:

And go here.  I haven't thoroughly checked these guys out, but Reason TV and the Heritage Foundation are good bona fides.  These kids, and mine, are why I'm attending the Atlanta Tea Party next week with my husband and kids.  Not convinced?  Try this:

On a personal note, I think Nick Gillespie has a great narrator's voice!  But isn't this enough?  When is it enough?

Find a tea party.  Go.  Make a sign.  Speak up.  Go.

ps to Casto:  Hey!  I have a yarn shop...I know, crazy!  Check out the shop site and blog and email me if you are on Ravelry!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Checking in

Just a quick post...I miss blogging, and there is so much going on, and I'd like to share a little of what it's like to open up a business, too.  But this will have to suffice for now.

The shop has been open for ten days now, and it is rolling along nicely.  I'm starting to sell out of a few things, and so one of my worries is how to handle re-ordering, and how to not spend too much!

I hear "We're so glad you are here!" at least three times a day.  That is good for the old ego but at some point you can't coast on that.  Dealing with technology has been a major pain, even with my vaunted Macs.  (Can you believe TWO defective, mice?)  

Another surprising pain is display to balance spending money on lovely store fixtures with needing to not spend too much?  Merchandising is key to retail, and it is fun, but biting off a $500 $1000 expense when I'm just starting out is a big decision.  I spent several thousand on fixtures and improvements, but it wasn't quite enough.  Guess I'll be looking for some more today.

The best part?  Just chatting and getting to know my customers!  And seeing my customers meet one another in the store...yesterday at three different times I had groups just sitting and chatting (and they did eventually buy, which is important).  But I really want my shop to be a hub, a gathering place, and I think that it is moving in that direction!