Friday, December 7, 2012

A Day in the Life of a Retailer During the Holidays: Day Eight

Today, I was a little sluggish.  I didn't get my five hours of sleep last night, which is an absolute necessity this time of year.  I went to two really great social gatherings last night.
One was a wine tasting given by a friend/customer who's an investor in a soon-to-be French restaurant in East Austin, LaV.  The chef and sommerlier educated a small group of ladies in the art of tasting wines and champagnes.  It was fun and informative!  They served truffle popcorn (popcorn toasted with truffle butter)...YUM!!!!!  Try it!  Your friends will be impressed.
And the other gathering was an annual Christmas party.  Everyone was asked to bring a toy for a less fortunate child.  The hosts had placed a life-sized Santa's sleigh in the front yard.  When I arrived, it was overflowing with toys.  I live in such a generous community!
What does all this have to do with retail?  EVERYTHING!  The most important part of my business is the relationships I have, and relationships require time and effort.  So, after working ten hours, I threw on my heels and off I went!
I try to support my customers in any way I can because I appreciate so very much their loyalty in choosing The Menagerie for their gift-giving needs.  In the end, isn't good business simply about caring for one another?  I think so. 
Until tomorrow, Vickie