Awesome Staff Meeting

Our Summer Window

Our Summer Window

We have staff meetings once a month.  We eat a little food, we look at the schedule, do a little financial check in, and talk about weddings and other events.  In short, we take care of business.  But the best parts are always when we have the time to have freewheeling discussions about customers and the experience on the selling floor.  Because my staff are awesome human beings who genuinely care about what's happening with you. Today we talked about how many women (hello almost all of us) talk so disparagingly about our bodies when trying on clothes.  And how we might best respond to that. And how we can make trying on clothes an actual fun experience.  Thinking about having some talks at the store on body positivity.  Bottom line is yes to loving ourselves!  

Thoughts on Father's Day

Like many a buyer before me, I go for the tried and true when thinking of Father's Day gifts to carry at the store. This might be another way of saying there are so many cliches we go to when thinking of what to get our Dads. And while it's true, I don't bring in any joke ties (heck we're in Eugene most men don't wear ties EVER, joke or otherwise) I do fall to the predictable and go for fishing goods, leather journals, Pendleton socks, barware and cocktail goods. Note to buyer self - not all men drink and fish.  And given how men's body care became a pretty good category a few years back, we've been starting to carry more body care for men andhave some great unisex scents. And then there are those awesome hand carved mustache combs I bought in Oaxaca. So yes even the uber chick shop Passionflower has lots of goods to keep dads happy. But who's to say women wouldn't like to fish and drink? And who's to say dads wouldn't love getting a terrarium or fresh flowers?  It's shocking to me as a buyer the way I can fall back into such gender specific gifts. What do you think dear readers?

Spring Cleaning - Part 2

So excited about these handmade brooms we just brought into the store.  Made locally using old time tools and techniques, each handle comes from brush cutting up near Brownsville.  And they're just right for our spring cleaning display where we've amassed all kinds of goods to make the whole cleaning experience a little more magical.

These brooms will last a super long time.  So sweep out the old and make room for the new.

Love them as a housewarming or a wedding gift.

Spring Cleaning Part 1

I am really committing to serious spring cleaning this year.  Spiffing up my bedding, cleaning my windows, polishing all my wooden utensils, my goal: no nook and cranny goes unturned.And of course, I need a little reward for all this organizing.  Usually that takes the form of gorgeous flowers everywhere but I just might put this great doormat from Sugarboo designs on the list too. What a great way to say yes to spring cleaning. 

Mexico was so Inspiring

I'm still dreaming a little bit about Mexico and going through my pics. 

Thought this one would be just right as I love this color palette of naturally dyed yarns I spied in a weaver's atelier in Teotitlan de Valle. Kind of putting me in the Easter mood.  Two soft colors and two brights together - it's really working for me.