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Priceless Gifts!

Nothing means more to me than gifts from the heart! They are the best gifts that money can buy! It’s the type of gift that may cost $5 or $500 or, maybe, no cost at all. It’s the heartfelt sentiment that makes them priceless!
I am reminded of this as we just celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday, as well as my birthday a month ago. The gifts you see in the pics were given to me by my absolutely adorable stepson, Nicholas! (You only see a side view of him, but, I KNOW, you will agree with me when I say…ADORABLE!)
The cherry coin purse was my Mother’s Day gift and my blue dress, with blue bracelet, and know necklace were for my birthday. The cherry coin purse is, obviously, something I probably wouldn’t have purchased for myself…but, the fact that it came from Nicholas, that he picked it out all by himself, and was so proud to give it to me, that now, I can’t wait to use it! It will be THE perfect coin purse for me to use…for just $4.99! But, priceless, when every time I see it, as I dig through my purse, I will be reminded of who gave it to me and when.
The blue dress, blue bracelet and knot necklace were my birthday presents. He was so excited to go to the store with Dad and pick something out all by himself. And, he did! He picked the blue dress, because blue is his favorite color, the bracelet, because it’s blue, and the knot necklace, because it reminded him of a snake. Did I mention that he LOVES being outside with bugs and animals? He is ALL boy! Again, all 3 items, I think was a total of $30-$40. But, priceless, when it comes to who gave it to me and when.
Nicholas was so excited about his purchases that he was telling everyone that came over about what he bought me, wanted me to show it to them, try it on, etc. He was so cute! THAT, again, makes all of these gifts PRICELESS! It puts a smile on my face whenever I look at these items! I’m reminded of his smiling face, gleaming with pride when he gave each of these gifts to me. Nothing could make me happier than gifts from the heart! Gifts that I will cherish ALWAYS!
He is waiting patiently for the weather to warm up, so I can wear my blue dress and blue bracelet. He asks me on a regular basis if I’m going to wear the blue dress…so, let’s hope the warm weather is here to stay…soon!
My hubby thinks I’m rubbing off on him and that I’ve taken Nicholas with me on too many shopping trips. He was amazed at how Nicholas would pick things out and say that he liked that, didn’t like that, liked this dress, didn’t like that dress, etc., etc. – and the thought he would put into the items that he picked! I’m thinking he’s a natural at shopping….that’s a GREAT trait…my hubby…he isn’t so sure!
But, my hubby and I are in agreement when it comes to gifts from the heart! It doesn’t matter what the actual item is…it’s the meaning behind it that makes it worth so much more…it’s priceless!
What “priceless” gifts did you receive this Mother’s Day?

Who Are You? Say It With A Monogram…

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Monograms! They are everywhere and I dont’ think they ever go out of style! You see them on bathrobes, towels, sweaters, t-shirts, and even bedding! Remember the days of Laverne and Shirley, she didn’t go ANYWHERE without displaying the HUGE “L” on the upper corner of her chest.
I am LOVING this option of monograms. I found these through Little Black Dress (http://www.littleblackdressok.com/). They are divine! Celebrities have been spotted wearing the monogram cluster and the key, the key is huge! If you have not noticed, the key pendant is all over right now. Tiffany is offering them, which means EVERYONE is offering them. So, this is a clever combination of both – the key and the monogram.
Great pieces that make a statement, are individualistic, and just plain perfect to pair with simple tanks, tees, and flowy chiffons for the spring/summer!
So, don’t delay….find your monogram necklace today!

100 Years Of Customer Service…

Last week, Miss Jackson’s, here, in Tulsa, OK, celebrated their 100th anniversary! 100 years in business! Think about that….that is a LONG time! How many businesses do you know, specifically, a specialty retail store, that has been in business for 100 years? THAT is very impressive!

The original “Miss Jackson” was Nelle Shields Jackson. She was the founder of the specialty retail store that still exists today in Utica Square. According to the Tulsa World article, last Thursday, it simply states that “she wanted to make people’s lives more beautiful and enjoyable”. What a simple concept!

Nelle took that concept and then took it one step further by offering EXCEPTIONAL customer service. I mean, EXCEPTIONAL! It wasn’t just walking into the store and having someone say “May I help you?” It was more than that! It was about creating a culture that it was the “norm” to be treated like royalty, by having a personal shopping assistant within the store. The same person that you would work with EVERY TIME you came into the store. The person that knew your styles and tastes. The person that would call you the minute a garment came in that screamed your name. The person that knew you would LOVE IT before you even saw it! They would, also, take your coat, provide you a place to sit, and offer you something to drink.

Because of the excellent customer service and their pride in offering higher end designer names that aren’t offered anywhere else in town, is what has kept them in business for this long. It became a tradition for generations of families to shop at Miss Jackson’s. Great-Grandma shops there, Grandma shops there, Mother shops there…you see where I’m going with this! It has continued to live through the cycles of the economy, because of those families. The families that made Miss Jackson’s a tradition.

Think about this for a minute, how many stores do you go into today and the store personnel know your name? Or they know your mother’s name or grandmother’s name? How many even ask you if you need help these days? How many offer you a chair and something to drink while they show you what they have available in the store? What happened to the days of good customer service? Scratch that….what happened to the days of EXCEPTIONAL customer service?

With the economy these days, businesses, specifically retail businesses, come and go on a very regular basis. So, what’s the trick to Miss Jackson’s? Why, as a specialty retail store, have they been able to stand the test of time?

My belief is this…they cater to their customer. They cater to their clients. It’s not about competing with other stores, about the latest and greatest technique and trick, it’s about staying true to their customers. They know what works for their customer and they stick with it!

Seems like a very simple concept….but, do you think that is what retail businesses are doing these days? I’d be curious to your thoughts…..

But, I do need to say “HAPPY 100th ANNIVERSARY, MISS JACKSON’S!” You have achieved a feat that most specialty retail stores will never do!
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