At Pear Tree, we are inspired by design and appreciate new design. Earlier this week we heard about two moms who, like us, are pushing the limits on new design. These moms created the brand, Princess Awesome. They have a very inspiring story about how girls have various interests in toys, animals, superheros and more, but there aren’t any dresses that have those designs. These moms took it upon themselves to solve that. They started this clothing design business in a basement, found the resources they needed to get these one-of-a-kind designs and started selling locally and then online. They have 3 dress designs they are focusing on: Pi, pirates, and dinosaurs.
Here’s one of the things I love about working at Pear Tree: I know what every single one of us is doing for Christmas.
As a customer I’ve always loved the boutique shopping experience. Don’t get me wrong—I wouldn’t be able to function without Target and Trader Joe’s to keep us provisioned, and if there wasn’t a Home Depot nearby, our house would still be quite the fixer-upper.
But boutique shopping is different, as anyone who’s browsed our site or bought a wedding dress or splurged on that expensive baby crib (Hey, safety and comfort matter!) knows. The employee walking through the kids’ section at Target while I’m Christmas shopping may be friendly, but he’s got the contents of an entire store to memorize and dozens of customers to help. How’s he supposed to know what my particular four year old might like? How can I expect him to listen for ten (or even two) minutes to a description of my son and the toys he likes playing with?
Boutiques are great because we do have the time, or, at any rate, are committed to making the time. For us, whether or not our customers are satisfied is the central question. Regardless of whether the site is effective and easy to use (it is) or whether or not we get the product to our customers on time (trust me, we will), if they’re not satisfied with what we give them, we’ve failed. And we take that seriously.
We had our first official snowfall of the winter this week, which means that my husband’s garden has gone from being officially “on its last legs” to officially “dead.” It’s been six weeks since our last tomato and although by this time I’m tired of eating kale and brussel sprouts, it still makes me sad. Five or six months (at best) until our next fresh greens, which translates to five or six months of grocery store produce. Not that our grocery store and local food co-op don’t stock the good stuff. It’s just that once you’ve eaten straight from the garden it’s a hard adjustment going back.
Andrew’s been taking the loss particularly hard. We’ll talk while he’s cooking in the evening and without warning he’ll transition from chatting about how our days went to lamenting our lack of fresh apples and heirloom veggies.
I still don’t get his fixation with heirlooms, and it drives him crazy.
“What is there not to understand?” he asked the other night. “You of all people should get this.”
I’m not a Foodie (though I’ve eaten enough meals to know his are better than average!), and I pointed this out.
“It’s not about being a Foodie or not being a Foodie. It’s about having a love and a…respect, I suppose, for something unique.”
And he’s right. I, of all people, should understand.
Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, moving day is sure to be both exciting and stressful. Cut down on the chaos with a moving checklist that gets you organized, eliminates surprises and keeps everything moving along smoothly.
Don’t pack what you don’t need – Getting rid of unnecessary items will help make the packing and unpacking process smoother. Rather than waste time making these decisions on moving day, do it ahead of time and give away or sell what you don’t want.
Moving announcements – Give friends and family your new address right away. Better yet, have a housewarming party to follow up and invite them all to see your new home.
Forward medical records – Contact important parties, like doctors’ offices, directly to let them know they will need to forward your records to a new location.
We are excited to announce that we were featured on the FOX television show, Bethenny, Monday, April 21. In this feature, we were able to help make the dream of a “mompreneur” come alive with a donation of 30,000 napkins to help her business. Watch the video below to see her story and watch her reaction!
Stacey’s business, Love-N-Notes, began with a desire to brighten her daughter’s day at school. Her daughter had a learning disability, and Stacey wanted to connect with and encourage her during the day, so she began including napkins with hand drawn messages in her lunchbox. Once she saw the positive influence the napkins were having on her daughter, Stacey decided to start a business.
I recently was asked by Pear Tree Greetings to check out their Christmas cards and design a fun way to display cards around the house. I wanted a fun, unique way to show off the gorgeous cards we get from friends and family- and wanted to incorporate some of our beloved family antiques to do it- so I made this fun and festive Vintage Ski Christmas Card Display!