Monthly Archives: November 2010
Some folks may know that before I opened my store I had been a consumer PR geek, retail consultant & TV spokesperson. Opening the Silver Barn gave me the opportunity to do something I had always wanted to do – live a dream. I am excited to be able to now combine my first love – the store, with another love – TV work. For anyone in retail they know any PR you can get is very valuable. I’m lucky enough to be able to garner some of that on my own, and now I can begin to work to build Silver Barn as a destination. A place to come and enjoy shopping as well as enjoy the atmosphere.
And, I am especially happy to share the Silver Barn and some of our great products with some of my favorite TV pals – Shelly Miles and her fab producer, Monica Nino. I can’t wait to return again soon!!! Thanks to the team that makes me look good!!
It always seems to be a holiday season filled with Santa, snowmen, bright colors and even a Nativity. But, the crew at The Silver Barn saw this as the year of the Angels! We decorated all the tables at a recent charity event with the variety of angels and deer in this beautiful handcrafted style. The angels that weren’t sold that day came back to the store and, after a brief stint in the front window, have now taken center stage in the store. The tallest Angel, at 43″ seems so much taller against our super high ceilings. I just had to share. No deep thoughts, no ideas on how to decorate…just the simple beauty of an elegant silver angel decorating the store and home.
Therefore, we have taken a new approach to decorating this season. All trees will be festooned with lovely bows and ribbons available for purchase. All ornaments will be placed in baskets around and near the tree for all of our friends to use their own imagination and decide how to use their ornaments. For some reason, Lenox has no desire to take things off tables, counters or other displays. It is the tree that is the object of her desire. She has not read the retailer handbook of decorating for the holidays…she likes to un-decorate.
So, come by The Silver Barn and enjoy the baskets of ornaments…in fact, now that I look at it, I kind of like this novel way of decorating for the season!
The Thanksgiving menu plan – check. The guest list – check. The centerpiece – got it. Another way to festively add to the occasion – what? You’ve done it all, you’ve figured out everything that goes on the dinner table, but what about other areas of the house that could use a little touch of glamour? If you have a vase hidden away in the cupboard, pull it out. Add foliage you have, or come and visit us for a fall assortment. Don’t worry about putting them in the vase “correctly”; you’ll be surprised how easy it is to see where you need to add, move, adjust. Find things like these antlers to add a natural touch. And, when your guests arrive they will be impressed before they even get to the table!
See you next week with garland galore!!
As a retailer, don’t forget to give back to your community. It is the members of your community who need you as much as you need them. We have selected the Columbus Christian Women Organization as an important community charity for The Silver Barn. We thank them for all they do to help promote our store and in turn we did our 2009 ornament to benefit their organization – today they got a check for $450. This weekend we will be auctioned off! Yes, we are presenting a candlelit dinner for 10 this spring. I believe the more we give, the more we will get back. I hope every retailer feels the same way. Corporate retail donations are great, but giving of yourself pays back large dividends you can only imagine.