Harper Grey: Website Woes

 

The Savvy Shopper - Harper Grey

How well does your website represent your company? If your dress shop is funky and casual, your website should reflect that atmosphere. If your law firm handles only grim-faced, uber-serious executives, it should be buttoned-down and formal. If your restaurant caters to ski bums and teenagers, your website should probably create that tone.

I have the best husband on the planet; he’s constantly planning unique, creative dates and taking me out on the town for something special. But a few months ago I decided it was time for me to plan something special. Lacking my husband’s creativity and panache, I went for quiet simplicity: dinner at a romantic restaurant and a symphony concert.

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The Kentucky Derby: 5 Facts, Tips & Traditions

 

Kentucky Derby

Nothing announces the arrival of spring quite like spring showers, tulips, the Masters and of course the Kentucky Derby. The 138th Kentucky Derby takes place on May 5th at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Maybe you are lucky enough to be attending the race this year, or maybe you are just throwing a party to watch the race with friends and family. Either way, here are some facts, tips and traditions to get you through race day.

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3 Ways to Anticipate Customer Needs

Like many people, I’ve changed my shopping habits over the last few years as the economy faltered. I tightened up spending and began to budget and plan for shopping trips more carefully. I try to avoid impulse spending and am aware of stores’ marketing gimmicks to get me to buy stuff I don’t need. But sometimes a business can help a customer by knowing what she needs even before she does. There’s a difference between up-selling and offering customers something they genuinely need, and customers are happy to have useful insight that makes their lives easier. Some stores have this figured out.

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Harper Grey: A Lesson in Temperature From the 3 Bears

 

The Savvy Shopper - Harper Grey

Oh, my darling retail shops. You tease me with your fickle fervor. First you’re hot, then you’re cold. You make me perspire and bring a flush to my cheeks. Then your icy-hearted  indifference blows chilly, freezing my fingers and nose and leaving me out in the cold.

Seriously. What is up with the crazy temperatures of stores? I went to the mall last weekend to do a bit of browsing and I was uncomfortable the whole time. I left without purchasing anything, mostly because I didn’t browse for long in any one store.

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Harper Grey: The Fitting Room Experience

 

The Savvy Shopper - Harper Grey

Ask any man and he’ll tell you that women like to buy clothes. If he’s married to one he’ll complain about how much of his money she spends (even if she makes more money than him). If he’s dating one he might angle for sympathy by telling you about the epic shopping trip she dragged him on last Saturday, causing him to miss the game of the season. It’s a stereotype that many women fight, but like all stereotypes, it contains a grain of truth: in 2010, women spent over $34 billion on clothing for themselves. This is good news if you own a store selling women’s clothing or are thinking about opening one.
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