If you’re approaching your first holiday season as a brick and mortar store owner or you need a little help preparing for the busy season, consider this your mini small business guide for holiday planning! I know, I know it’s Summer. Why are we talking about the holidays? For seasoned retailers, working way ahead of the seasons is probably the norm. But for new retailers, I often hear … [Read more...] about Small Business Guide For Holiday Planning
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Since my sister and I opened our brick and mortar store, The Salvaged Boutique, we’ve seen many trends come and go. Nowadays, not only do businesses with physical spaces need to keep a pulse on what’s going on in their communities, what will bring people in the doors, and what merchandise is trending, but we also have to educate ourselves about technology and having a strong online presence. … [Read more...] about Small Business Trends for Independent Retailers in 2019
If you own a brick and mortar store, you probably buy products from Darice to resell. If you own a craft store or if you have a business that offers creative workshops, you probably buy craft-related items from Darice for your workshops. But have you considered what you can do with products from Darice for a store or DIY window display? I co-own The Salvaged Boutique in Lakewood, Ohio with my … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Creating an Eye-Catching Window Display
The Salvaged Boutique makes home decor accessible with handcrafted finds, friendly service and DIY workshops. Kathy Cruz and her sister, Karen Studd, are co-owners of The Salvaged Boutique, a home decor retailer and creative studio in Lakewood, Ohio. We caught up with Kathy to find out what makes the successful shop tick. What inspired you to start your business? Karen and I grew up really poor, … [Read more...] about Independent Business Spotlight: The Salvaged Boutique
Are you a maker who’s ready to grow and scale their business? Have you set up an efficient system to make your products quickly? Have you sourced your materials at discounted prices, or in bulk, so you can sell at wholesale prices and still profit? If you answered yes to these questions, then you might be ready to approach retailers and sell your products at wholesale or consignment pricing. … [Read more...] about Selling to Retailers: Are you Prepared?
We all learn from each other, so why not share the ins and outs of everything it takes to start, run and grow your own business. Whether you’re an established brick and mortar, or someone who’s in the process of creating their own business, our new, monthly small business blog feature will focus on connecting entrepreneurial spirits, like you, with expert insight from small business owner, Kathy … [Read more...] about Meet Small Business Blogger – Kathy Cruz!