Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Customer Questions

A very dear customer of ours brought a good point to my attention today and I wanted to share it.

Keeping Good Company has officially gone electronic with our Newsletter and within our Newsletter there is a link to my dear ol'Blog. When Anna asked our customer had she been to our blog yet, her response was yes, and she proceeded to tell us how she liked it, but she was unsure of what a blog actually was. So, in conversation the suggestion came up that I should post a little bit of information on what a blog is.

I personally am not that knowledgeable on what a blog is, but as I started this I've learned quite a bit. It's become more of an addition, which I hear is common among bloggers. So I took the easy way and Googled "What is Blogging" and this is what I came up with...

A blog (a contraction of the term "Web log") is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online Diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web Pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs.

So that’s the technical definition of what a blog is, but to me it’s a way to communicate with other people and keep our customers up to date on what’s happening in our store. I try to post events we’re having such as sales or seminars, updates on new products coming into the store, and any other fun tid-bits I might have to share. Since blogging is new to me I love to hear what people think of the blog or suggestions they may have, so please leave me comments if you would. I have also found this whole new community within blogging of other stores which has become quite addicting!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Big Change Roundup

Keeping Good Company is a Change Bandit and we Need Your Help!
Now through March 16th we'll be collecting spare change in the store to help the Vermont Childrens Hospital. We are very excited about this, and we want to support this cause and hope you'll help us.
Please check out our Change Roundup Headquarters for more information, or stop by the store with any spare change that you might have found in your sofa!
We are excited look forward to seeing what we can raise and hope you'll help us.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Return from Market

We’ve returned from Market after a very long 6 days of non-stop shopping!
(Every woman’s dream)

But it wasn’t easy; it was a lot of hard work. I am proud to say that I think between Mom, Dad, and myself we found some really great products that everyone will love.
We visited our normal everyday Home Décor lines and picked up their new products which are already arriving to the store. By Tuesday UPS was bringing loads of boxes that are already being put out as fast as they can be unpacked.

As we walked up and down floor after floor of vendors, it became difficult to walk past showrooms that caught our eye. So we steered off course and checked out these unknown companies and many times ended up ordering from them. In the past, this has played out great for us! For example, the line of Vintage Customized Signs that are currently in the store came to us in just that way. We were walking along and the booth caught my eye and now they have become one of our most popular items. And this year was no different. We found many new vendors with products that are truly unique and special and couldn’t resist ordering.

We are excited to announce a new line of French Soaps and Potpourri that will make the perfect housewarming gift, or every day gift for that special friend. We found a great new leather line and outdoor seating line, as well as beautiful Italian Ceramics’ in all different shapes and colors. I am personally most excited about the new bedding line I found and can’t wait to get it in the store. It should be arriving within the next few weeks.

And if you can believe it or not, while we were at market we did all our Christmas buying for 2009. Even though Christmas just ended, and most people are glad it’s over, we jumped head first into the heart of it all. Choosing our themes and collections, color choices, and Santa’s, new ornaments’ and tree skirts and imagining it all in our heads of what we’re going to do ten months in advance!

This is only a teaser as to what we found at Market and what you can expect to see in the store over the next few months. We are excited about what we’ve bought and hope you will be too. Please stop in and see the new merchandise that is arriving daily from Home Décor and Art to Gift Items, as well as our new “Boutique” that will truly catch your eye.

Spring is just around the corner and we have yet another surprise coming your way to celebrate the changing of the season!

Monday, January 5, 2009


It's that time of year again when we head off to Atlanta for Market!

The next 5 days Pam, Jeff and I will be off shopping for the newest and exciting trends for 2009. We always find great buys and can't wait for them to come into the store. So be sure to check back often as new merchandise will soon be rolling into the store!

New Furniture, Accessories, Lamps, Mirrors, Vases, Gifts, Bedding, Art, Linens, Tableware and so much more!