Trends from the Stationery Show 2012

Trends from the Stationery Show 2012

I always look forward to seeing and sharing what new ideas and colors are going to be the highlights for me. At the end of the show, what I want as a take away are the current colors trends, trends in stationery, and any ideas that we can expand on as new sources for our … Continue reading

The New York Stationery Show 2012

The New York Stationery Show 2012

TAKING IT ALL IN Recently got back from NYC where I did my annual pilgrimage to the New York Stationery Show. This is the ultimate show for any one in the stationery business. All the new and existing vendors get to show their latest ideas and offerings. It’s the biggest and most prestigious.  Truthfully, it … Continue reading

It’s Not Your Mother’s Baby Shower Any More

It’s Not Your Mother’s Baby Shower Any More

There was a time when most bridal showers and baby showers were held in someone’s home. They were small affairs- often your friends would bring over their extra card tables, which would comfortably seat 4 people. Off topic for one second please…What’s a card table? The card table is a folding table and chairs that … Continue reading

I Remember When…

The beginning of a New Year seems to remind us of hopefully where we have come from and help us plot where we intend to go. So I want to start with things that have popped into my brain over the last couple of days as I look forward to the start of a new … Continue reading

Investments come in different forms

As all the island of Mackinac was bustling last week with business leaders I thought I would add my two cents on good business practices from downstate. As a small business owner I have a unique perspective but an important one. Small businesses employ more than half of all workers. Small business entrepreneurs are the … Continue reading

One Stop Shopping…We Wrap AND Ship!

Whoever invented this term had a great idea- how to get more things done in one stop than in having to make many stops. When I first started out, I had had some experience with packing items for shipping when I worked at Neiman Marcus during the day and ran my gift wrapping business at … Continue reading

Details, Details, Details

I was working on the sale floor the other day, when I noticed one of the clothing items, a customer had brought in for a special wrapping, had a tiny spot on it. Maybe it’s my obsessiveness about how something looks when it comes out of a box. When receiving a gift wrapped box, I … Continue reading

Looking Forward with a Grain of Salt

In Detroit and the whole of Michigan, we have become sensitive to the saying “wait for the other shoe to drop” as we have collectively shuddered through the disassembling of the major employers, The Big Three automobile companies, and the re-assembly of them as smaller, leaner firms hopefully poised to emerge stronger and healthier. Many … Continue reading