vettecat: (bookcase)
Saw an article in a printer's newsletter today about a Supreme Court decision that will affect us in a positive way. Apparently they've overturned an old antitrust law, with the result that manufacturers can now enforce, rather than merely suggest, retail prices. (I imagine that [ profile] osewalrus has been following this already.) That's good for us because it should reduce the number of people undercutting our prices and stealing away customers we've worked with. But I wonder how it's going to affect discount chains and such. This should be interesting...
vettecat: (happy road)
So the news of the day is that my mother is engaged...

For those who don't know that she's been seeing someone: They've known each other for about 40 years, since they were both young newlyweds (to other people), and the couples stayed friends over the years. He and his wife got divorced a few years ago. (They were both at our wedding, at separate tables.) When my mom went down to Florida for a week's vacation a couple months ago, she arranged to get together with all her Florida friends... including him. One afternoon led to another, and they wound up spending most of the week together. Somewhere along the way they realized they were interested in each other as more than just friends.

Since then they've been spending more and more time on the phone, and he's come up to visit a few times. A couple days ago he came up again with the intent of spending a few weeks alternating between here and his son's house in New York. Several long, intense conversations followed, and this morning my mom came into the store with the news that they're engaged. I think that half of Brookline was in the store shrieking with glee over the course of the day, so the word seems to be out.

No word yet on further plans, but this is still pretty recent. There's a lot to be decided - whether/when she'll move to Florida, what happens with the store, etc.... but for the moment it's just nice to see her so happy.
vettecat: (hmph!)
At the store today, I received a phone call from someone who was trying to sell something. I'm really not sure what, because the person had such a thick foreign accent that I couldn't understand what he was saying. I don't have anything intrinsically against people with accents, but really, if your business depended on people responding to a sales pitch on the phone, wouldn't you hire people who speak clearly?
vettecat: (blooming rose)
Deval Patrick got sworn in as Governor (and we were able to watch it, a bit fuzzily, on a Watchman we have at the store).

A customer sent me flowers (for doing something that I felt was no more than my job, but it's nice to be appreciated).

And G-d willing we may have news to share soon (if all goes well for the next couple weeks).

LJ week

Dec. 6th, 2006 01:37 am
vettecat: (pen)
We've had several cameo appearances at the store this week. Sunday [ profile] dancingdeer and lucky fiance [ profile] points came in to do some preliminary research. Monday [ profile] mabfan dropped in to say Hello while en route to meet [ profile] gnomi. And today [ profile] teddywolf was in the neighborhood and stopped by to visit. (Unfortunately I had just run out to take a neighbor-merchant to pick up her car at the mechanic - sorry I missed you!) It's unusual to see so many people I know socially in such a short span of time. Wow, I feel so popular... :-)
vettecat: (dreamgirl)
Next month, my mom and I will be going to a business conference. Amongst the information they're requesting is this bit for the icebreaker: If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play your role? Well, as many of you know, I'm not what you'd call celebrity-fluent... but I know that some of you are. :-)

So... if you were choosing an actress to play me, who would it be? (A link to a picture would be helpful but isn't required.) I'd prefer someone obscure if possible but that isn't a must. No pressure, but since I haven't the slightest idea who to choose, I thought I'd see if I could get some feedback...

(Bonus points if you can suggest someone for my mom, too!)


Jul. 8th, 2006 11:19 pm
vettecat: (bugs stare)
On Thursday morning, my mother and I noticed a couple of large flies in the store. Read more... )
vettecat: (pen)
We've been getting a lot of flattering testimonials from customers voting for us on the A-List. (If you haven't already - follow the link and vote for Unique Simchas!) :-) It's kind of validating to know that people really are happy with what we do.

What's strange about it, though, is that I browsed through the info screens of the others in our category, and of the 14 vendors listed only one other has any testimonials... and they only have 3. You can select 10 testimonials to appear in your profile at a time, and I had a hard time choosing because as of this afternoon 40 people had written them for us. (That's not how many people have voted, that's how many people felt strongly motivated to leave a comment.) Seems to me that says something in our favor... unfortunately there's no way to make that stand out, because people only see those if they look for them. Too bad.

In the meantime, the current standings will be hidden until they announce the results in a couple weeks, so there's no way to know where we rank. (We were 5th as of a few days ago.) Just have to wait and see, I suppose... (twitch)
vettecat: (dreamgirl)
I don't usually post about business here, but since this is basically a popularity contest, it seems appropriate...

Vote for us on the A-list! Click on "weddings," then "invitations," and then "Unique Simchas"! Based on what I've been able to gather, winning seems to be a matter of how many people know you're there, and we could really use the positive publicity if we're selected. Your help would be appreciated!

If you're feeling energetic, you can also go to "arts" - "art gallery" and vote for "Artana." The owner is our neighbor, a good friend, and (as [ profile] sfrose can corroborate) very good at what she does.

If you want to encourage other people to vote, too, I won't object... :-)


May. 7th, 2006 11:39 pm
vettecat: (twilight trees)
A client came into the store today looking very upset. We asked what was wrong, and she told us that her cousin was killed by a drunk driver last week. Said cousin was 26 years old, recently married, and pregnant. She also said that the driver was in critical condition, not expected to recover, and was supposed to get married in two weeks (though she didn't care as much about him). So a young man has lost his wife and expected child, and a young woman has probably lost her fiance - not to mention the pain caused to their parents, family, friends, etc. Such a waste...

I'll never understand the allure of getting drunk. Aside from the fact that I don't like the smell of alcohol, or the taste, or the sensation - I've always been of the opinion that if you can't enjoy what you're doing without dulling your senses, then you probably shouldn't be doing it. (If it's a dull party, don't drink until it seems exciting, just leave and find something more fun to do.) And I absolutely cannot comprehend why someone would drink until they feel fuzzy, and then put themselves in control of several thousand pounds of steel. Even if they don't care about their own safety, they should be considerate of those around them.

Sometimes I really want them to bring back Prohibition... (Yes, I know it didn't work. It's the sentiment.)
vettecat: (pen)
While working in the store this afternoon, we heard a crash! from outside. Read more... )
vettecat: (eyes)
And so does gerunding... We got a postcard at the store today promoting a new variant in a line of unusual greeting cards. We have carried them previously; they're very eye-catching, but they've always been blank inside. The company is promoting the fact that they're now available with pre-printed text. The headline on the postcard, in big cheerful lettering, was: "Introducing [name of product] with Versing Inside!" Versing??? Ouch! I'd ask how that got approved, but I probably don't want to know...
vettecat: (iceriver)
In case you haven't heard, Michelle Kwan has dropped out of the Olympics. I feel badly for her but it sounds like she's making the right decision. And I'm sure she was also feeling tremendously pressured b/c since she already has a silver and a bronze, anything less than a gold would have been looked at as a disappointment by some people. (Ridiculous, but true.) Hopefully she won't have too many regrets. This does change the dynamics, though... the fact that the alternate is Sarah Hughes' sister is fascinating.

And, news for those of you who aren't into ice skating... we didn't open the store today b/c of the snow. (You might have already figured that out.) My mother is still musing about the two of us going in and rearranging some displays, etc. that we can't really do when there are customers, but it's kind of nice to have a snow day... we'll see how it goes.
vettecat: (hero)
Up too late so I'm going to try and keep this short, but I wanted to post an update.

This afternoon Read more... )
Tonight Read more... )
vettecat: (Default)
Today we continued our adventures at the dealer's summit in Maine. Read more... )
vettecat: (Default)
I'm typing this from a hotel room in Kennebunkport. My mother and I are, as mentioned previously, at a dealers' summit hosted by one of our printers. Read more... )
vettecat: (avatar)
What I've been up to, and what I'll be doing, +/- a few days from now... Read more... )
vettecat: (illustration)
Scheherazade is back home, and acting much more like herself. Yay! Thanks to everyone for your concern. We still need to keep an eye on her to make sure she eats; she's supposed to be on a special diet for a couple days, but doesn't seem to like it so far. (She doesn't usually eat wet food.) Hopefully the transition back to her usual food will go smoothly, and she'll be all better soon.

In non-cat news, we changed the display in the store window this afternoon. We worked in our usual tag-team fashion: My mother came up with an idea, and I worked out the details. :-) It came out really well. For those of you who are local, if you wander by, let me know what you think!

And we got the new Modern Bride today, but so far I can't find the article we wanted to see. But it seems they also have a Boston edition, so maybe it'll be in there instead... we'll have to watch for it.
vettecat: (books)
We have a client from Saudi Arabia who stops in when she's in town and picks out whatever she expects to need in the way of invitations for the next few months. Today she had her younger sister with her, who wasn't paying much attention to the conversation... she was immersed in the new Harry Potter.
vettecat: (avatar)
We lost power for a few hours at the store today (due to a fierce rainstorm). We did what paperwork we could by candlelight, and fortunately the power came back on before it got really dark. Shortly afterwards a frequent customer came in, and we started chatting about blackouts. She said that her kids get completely freaked out when there's an outage. At first I thought that was odd, but then it occurred to me that since we're Jewish (she's not), we're accustomed to the idea of not using power on Shabbos, at least. We set lights on timers, but when one goes off, it's off... and if you get up in the middle of the night, well, it's dark. It hit me as I was talking to her that, outside of a blackout, her kids have probably never been in a situation where they can't turn a light on. That just struck me as interesting for some reason...


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