Thursday, March 29, 2012

A word of thanks

Until yesterday I was certain that no one read this blog and it was merely a ploy to flood search engines with links to the Unlabeled website.  We don't have a substantial amount of blog followers and let's face it, I am not the most avid blogger or even a very skilled one at that.  But yesterday made me change my way of thinking when I received an anonymous comment, from a complete stranger, complimenting me on how well written this very blog was.  So, in honor of that comment which flattered my ego beyond belief, I will continue our blog but this time, with more affection.

Earlier in the week I had the opportunity to meet some very fabulous people; other local entrepreneurs doing just what it is that I do.  The infamous crowd included Shopcrawlr, Blue 7, Shop Good, Heirloom Shoes, Green Bambino, Bella Vita Jewelry, Keep It Local, A date with Iris, Collected Thread, The Plaza District, Native Roots Market, and a lecture by Braid Creative.  I am certain many of these names are not new to you, and if they are, I do sincerely hope you check them out.  

Braid creative held a very interesting discussion on their business consulting services & informative self-assessment quizzes in which we partook on our own clock.  From these small tests came a fleeting of questions in which I hadn't thought of in some time.  You see, running a business isn't rocket science, but it does utilize your brain in a far less creative way than I had dreamt of prior to opening a shop.  I am often so occupied with calculating numbers, maintaining a budget, and organizing future adventures, that I now lack that initial creative spark that I've always so naturally held onto.  

As I am typing away and rereading for grammatical errors, I ask myself, is this content even appropriate for Unlabeled's Blog?  And it is, I do feel, related to the shop.  I think this because one of the excellent points made by Braid creative was that your customers will shop your store if they like you.  How simple of an idea, I thought, to gain customers simply from being personable.  The longer I lingered on this concept of attracting customers with the same interests as me, made me realize how true that was.  I sincerely enjoy my job, more than any other job I'd ever had before.  Is it scary?  Yes.  Will it make me rich?  That isn't likely, though, one can hope, but it will continue to bring me the same nonsecular pleasure despite the aforementioned uncertainties.  

So thank you, to all of my customers for making it possible for me to live out a dream and love every second of it.  I appreciate your patronage & support so very much. :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

April Events

I absolutely love Spring.  I adore color and this season is filled with vibrant hues like fiery oranges, sapphire blues, and electric yellows.  The weather is so graciously turning, flowers are blooming, and the warm sunny days are like nothing else.  This time of year influences me to prop open the door and let the fresh air roll in.  We want to take advantage of this cheery time here, so we are hosting lots of events in April.

Norman Chamber of Commerce After Hours
Thursday, April 5th 5:00-7:00p.m.
Treats from Crimson & Whipped Cream
Wine tasting by Spiritz N' wine
Beer & water will also be served

Norman Art Council 2nd Friday Art Walk
Friday, April 13th 6:00-9:00p.m.
Sooo Lilly Cosmetics
A Make-up Trunk Show
Champagne & Treats

Dustbowl Art Market/ Norman Music Festival
Friday, April 27th 11:00a.m.-7:00p.m.
We will have our own booth during the market
The shop will keep normal business hours

Okie Crowe Trunk Show
Saturday, April 28th 6:00-9:00p.m.
We will have home-brewed beer
Homemade dog treats, soaps, body scrubs & more!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Unlabeled- what does that mean?

Ah yes, the questions never fail to arise among new shoppers, 'Are you a second hand store?  Do your clothes have labels?"  And the answer is no, we are not a second hand store and yes our clothes do have labels.  The name unlabeled derives from the sense that everyone has their own style; a unique style that cannot be summed up with the simplicity of a title...or label.  If you shop at Unlabeled, then most likely you love to find one-of-a-kind treasures that no one else has along with exclusive styles of tees that have been designed & printed locally.

You see, Unlabeled newbies, we are all about keeping the moo-lah here. As a citizen of the USA and a fellow Okie, I (we) feel it is (my)our duty to contribute to society.  Whether you realize it or not, small businesses attribute a lot to our local economy.  The sales tax that we collect goes to pay teachers, firefighters, policemen and more...but I am getting off track here.

Unlabeled features a lot of local artists, jewelry designers, and crafters plus a few indie brands that you may not otherwise recognize.  Fashion is about the look, not the tag!  We try to keep our prices reasonable (most everything under $100) and we insist on purchasing limited quantities of styles so that not everyone is marching around town in the same digs.

Does the name make sense now? :)