Need the right frame of mind? -Take A Break!

Yearly I post what Bruce Harrott, CEO Sales Communications Specialist, has to say about taking a summer break -you have to read this!

Thanks to my colleague Bruce whose an inspired sales writer, who helps small business owners land more of the right frame of mind & clients. ...

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‘The Value of a Summer Break

A day in a local park, a week at a cottage, or travels in a foreign country

- a break from your business can be a powerful investment in your business.

Consider these five benefits.

Clarity – get away from your business to see it more clearly

Curiosity – explore a new place or re-discover the magic of the familiar

Connection – get in touch with what’s really important

Communication – away from all the noise, savour the silence

Creativity – rest and recharge - your ideas will really shine

Have you planned some time away from your business this summer?

How could you truly disconnect? How could a break help your business?’

- Bruce Harrott

Barb & Steve

Barb & Steve

Rest is not idleness,..Lie sometimes on the grass under a tree or two on a summer's day,.. Listen to the murmur of water,..Watching the clouds float across the sky,..Buy no means is any of this a waste of time.

Take a break! Best Barbara and Steve    

Day #148 - Independent Retailer Month & Cloud Nine Pyjamas

Celebrating the  successful launch of Independent Retailer Month in Canada with our last retail profile:

Meet Robyn Zechel, owner of Cloud Nine Pyjamas

It all started with books, drinks, food, and laughter…

Meeting after meeting, the ladies of one Edmonton book club were talking not about books, but how they couldn’t sleep! As many of them were (and still are) in the thrust of menopause, night sweats were disrupting their sleep and making them a little bit grumpy. They needed something that would help, but couldn’t find anything in Edmonton that would fit the bill.With this in mind, Cloud Nine Pajamas opened in Edmonton, Alberta in 2005.  Cloud Nine promotes a lifestyle of comfort by carrying everything from famous flannels, bamboo pajamas, Oprah’s Favourite Pajamas, “wicking” sleepwear for night sweats and traveling, buttery soft robes to bath and body products – they even carry footed pajamas for adults during the holiday season.  As Robyn (owner and manager) loves to put on her pajamas every day after work because it makes her feel relaxed and at her best, Cloud Nine provides the pajamas and loungewear for every woman and man to do the same.So lounge, love, put on your pajamas, and be comfortable!   

Cloud Nine Pajamas (2009) Inc.12511 102 AvenueEdmonton, AB T5N 0M4

Till Next yearBest;Barbara

Day #148 - Independent Retailer Month & Cloud Nine Pyjamas

Celebrating the  successful launch of Independent Retailer Month in Canada with our last retail profile:

Meet Robyn Zechel, owner of Cloud Nine Pyjamas

It all started with books, drinks, food, and laughter…

Meeting after meeting, the ladies of one Edmonton book club were talking not about books, but how they couldn’t sleep! As many of them were (and still are) in the thrust of menopause, night sweats were disrupting their sleep and making them a little bit grumpy. They needed something that would help, but couldn’t find anything in Edmonton that would fit the bill.With this in mind, Cloud Nine Pajamas opened in Edmonton, Alberta in 2005.  Cloud Nine promotes a lifestyle of comfort by carrying everything from famous flannels, bamboo pajamas, Oprah’s Favourite Pajamas, “wicking” sleepwear for night sweats and traveling, buttery soft robes to bath and body products – they even carry footed pajamas for adults during the holiday season.  As Robyn (owner and manager) loves to put on her pajamas every day after work because it makes her feel relaxed and at her best, Cloud Nine provides the pajamas and loungewear for every woman and man to do the same.So lounge, love, put on your pajamas, and be comfortable!   

Cloud Nine Pajamas (2009) Inc.12511 102 AvenueEdmonton, AB T5N 0M4

Till Next yearBest;Barbara

Day #145 - Independent Retailer Month Seminar

Yesterday  independent retailers from across this wonderful country joined together via the wonders of live internet technology to hear me speak about:" Why customers love to shop at Independent Retail Stores "In attendance where retail storeowners from Dawson City, Whitehorse, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary , Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Saint John, Halifax , St John's, CharlottetownWow!It was a pleasure to meet you all.In tomorrow's blog I will post what was discussed in yesterday's seminar.A big cheer for the retailers  in Canada that celebrated the launch of Independent Retailer Month in Canada this July.Very Best;Barbara

Independent Retailer Month Free Seminar

Last Chance to Sign-up:

This 30 minute free class with Barbara is for you Independent Retailers out there. Don't miss it!Why customers love to shop at Independent Retailers!  Sponsored by Retail Makeover - On Sunday July 29, 2012 @ 7 .30 pm EST  - we  wrap up the launch of Independent Retailer Month with a free 30 minute  On Line Live Workshop presentation on the 10 Reasons Consumers Love to Shop at Independent Retail Stores. Limited space available.  All Independent  Retailers welcome. For more information and for retailers to reserve an on line  seat contact  barbara@independentretailermonth.ca  With our compliments!Sign-up Today For a list of all this summers RMU classes, please click here           

Day #144 - Independent Retailer Month & Apolline Women’s Wear

Independent Retailer Month celebrating the best of retail in Canada

Apolline Women’s Wear/Footloose Dancewear is located at 2892 Bloor Street West in the Kingsway area of Toronto. (formerly located at Richview square on Eglinton and Wincott)This is a business owned by a mother and son, managed by Joan Brachman but receives ample support from Chris her son.  This is a unique concept; a ladies wear and a dance, gymnastics, skating wear boutique in one.Joan has a keen eye for trends and keeps the mix light unique and easy to wear for the dance Mom’s.  By the time they outfit their[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"]children, they don’t have any time for themselves.    Joan takes the time to provide her customer’s with friendly personal service and is always willing to go the extra mile.In the dance portion, Joan has all the big players such as Capezio, SoDanca,Bloch, Sancha and Mondor.  In the ladies wear portion she carries local favorites such as Margaret M and Miik and other lines such as Nic+Zoe, Paul Briall, Charli and Adventura  Clothing.Joan is active in her community and a board member of the local BIABest;Barbara[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

Day #144 - Independent Retailer Month & Apolline Women’s Wear

Independent Retailer Month celebrating the best of retail in Canada

Apolline Women’s Wear/Footloose Dancewear is located at 2892 Bloor Street West in the Kingsway area of Toronto. (formerly located at Richview square on Eglinton and Wincott)This is a business owned by a mother and son, managed by Joan Brachman but receives ample support from Chris her son.  This is a unique concept; a ladies wear and a dance, gymnastics, skating wear boutique in one.Joan has a keen eye for trends and keeps the mix light unique and easy to wear for the dance Mom’s.  By the time they outfit their[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"]children, they don’t have any time for themselves.    Joan takes the time to provide her customer’s with friendly personal service and is always willing to go the extra mile.In the dance portion, Joan has all the big players such as Capezio, SoDanca,Bloch, Sancha and Mondor.  In the ladies wear portion she carries local favorites such as Margaret M and Miik and other lines such as Nic+Zoe, Paul Briall, Charli and Adventura  Clothing.Joan is active in her community and a board member of the local BIABest;Barbara[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]