Friday, December 31, 2010

happy new year!

2010 has certainly zipped by and it's been a great year for JOOLZ. We moved to a more central location in downtown Canandaigua and have seen a big leap in our customer numbers. We've also seen a resulting big leap in our sales, with December 2010 outperforming December 2009 by 127%. How's that for a good ending to the year? We couldn't have done it without all of you, our loyal customers and friends. Many, many thanks for your support and encouragement...and for returning time and time again.

Many times now, when I'm looking for new joolz, I look with specific customers in mind. It's fun for me to match the joolz to the customer and then to see the smile on that customer's face when she chooses that same perfect piece. Each day is a new adventure.

The adventures will continue and great things are in store for artists, new inventory, a revitalized online store and so much more. Here's wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2011!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

merry christmas!

As everyone in retail knows, the weeks leading up to the holidays are frantically busy, with little time for anything other than work. We've worked hard to make our first holiday season in our new location successful and the work has paid off. Today we exceeded last year's December sales by over 100%....and we couldn't have done it without the hard work of our JOOLZ staff, Suzanne and Alice, my quiet, supportive husband who stays in the background but keeps me motivated and excited about the business and all of our wonderful customers.

Here's to a wonderful holiday with friends and family. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy and profitable 2011.

(photo by Arie Pilz, taken one-handed from a moving car)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

we did it!

When you're running a retail business, you're always looking at the numbers (or at least, I am). How are we doing against the previous year? How are we doing against the same day from the previous year? How are we doing against life in general??

I am thrilled to report that yesterday was busy, busy, busy and all those men with looks of panic haven't even surfaced yet. As of yesterday, December 11, we have surpassed ALL of last year's December!!

That means your favorite know, the ones you've been "watching" for a while, might be on their way out the door with someone else. Better hurry in and grab them for yourself, before they find a home with another happy buyer.

PLUS, we have new work from William Glasner, Linda Connor Cass, Sara Silvio, Kerry Bogert, Joan Sample and Carrie Zabkar, all of which is already selling fast. See you soon!