A Day In The Shop

7:51 AM. The cat decides to wake me up nine minutes before my alarm. I stay in bed for the next nine minutes, on principle. I don’t negotiate with terrorists, no matter how fluffy.

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The fluffiest terrorist. #nofilter #iwokeuplikethis

8:00 – 8:15 AM. Feed Zelda. Feed myself. Check my webcomics.

8:20 – 9:00 AM. Treadmill time. The only way I can trick myself into exercising is to combine it with Star Trek reruns. Today’s episode is Force of Nature (Next Generation). Data tells Geordi, “Geordi, I cannot stun my cat.” I briefly consider it.

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9:00 – 9:30 AM. Shower, get dressed. Current shower regimen: Lush Yuzu & Cocoa body wash, R+Co Moon Shine Conditioner. I freely admit to choosing the conditioner mostly for the scent. It smells exactly like Byredo Pulp, probably because the R+Co nose, gorgeous Jerome Epinette, also created Pulp! “Moon Shine Conditioner” also sounds a little like a Sailor Moon attack.

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9:30-10:50 AM. I get home at 7 drained and useless, so any errands need to happen in the morning. Today, that means quick trips to Office Depot and Trader Joe’s.

10:58 AM. Open shop! (I would love to tell you that I get to the shop more than 2 minutes before opening time, but nooooope.)

11:00 – 11:15 AM. Social media posting. A huge Compagnie de Provence shipment arrived yesterday, so I take a few pictures of the colorful new candle packaging. Edit and post the best picture in Instagram, which also publishes to Facebook and Twitter.

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11:15 AM. First mug of the day. Answer time-sensitive emails.

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11:20 – 11:40 AM. Monitoring. Every morning, I check the perfume blogs, our brands’ websites, and the fragrance sections of other retailers. (Yes, this is one of the fun parts!)

11:40 AM. Customers! A mother and daughter looking for a birthday gift for Grandma. They settle on some Kai body products. Happy birthday, Grandma!

12:00 – 12:20 PM. The light is finally right for product photography. We got in three new fragrances yesterday, all of which need to be photographed for the website. My tools are a $7 background paper from Paper Source, and the camera on my iPhone 6S. The first two fragrances are easy, but the new Juliette Has A Gun takes forever. Trying to photograph rounded bottles is the fastest way to remind myself that I’m still a complete amateur!

12:20 – 12:50 PM. Edit the product photos in Adobe Lightroom. I could never have guessed it, but photo editing is one of my unexpected favorite parts of the job. I think it’s because you can see immediate improvement; so many aspects of a shop take weeks or months to see results.

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Another Oud’s before and after!

12:50 – 1:10 PM. Lunch! Banana with peanut butter, string cheese, tangerine. I’m the only employee five days a week, so I eat at the cash register. Which brings me to a FAQ: “When do you use the bathroom?” Answer: Saturdays.

This post is getting kind of long- maybe it should be a two-parter? I hope you enjoyed the behind-the-scenes peek!

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14 thoughts on “A Day In The Shop

    1. A bigger thank you to you, Kim! I really wasn’t sure if anyone else would be interested in reading such little details, so I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the post!

    1. It honestly rarely feels like work! There are so many different things I get to do that I never really get tired of any one task. I feel very, very lucky!

  1. I’d love to hear more. It is interesting to see what goes into running a retail store. As for bathroom time, I think the only option is go before you leave home, drink nothing during the day and get home quickly. Or develop a bigger bladder. Or have Zelda take care of the counter for those few minutes. 😉

    1. Zelda is more likely to hide under the counter than take care of it. Fortunately, we built several Zelda-sized cubbies in the counter for just such a purpose!

      1. I get the cubbies idea.

        A friend and I went to a cat cafe last week. Many cubbies occupied by a total of 8 – 10 cats in residence at any one time. All up for adoption with detailed biographies. Some were very playful, others just content to be petted. There were cat-themed board games to play while waiting for some of the kitties to wake up.

        The cafe part had excellent coffee and treats and a $5.00 donation to the cat charity of the week got you one hour of play time. It was a real treat for my friend, whose cat had recently died. She was in dire need of kitty pets and play.

        We will be going back. 🙂

        1. This sounds MAGICAL. If I ever open a second shop, it’ll be a cat cafe, no question. You and your friend are such good samaritans for socializing the kitties!

  2. Ah I love it! I lurk far more than I comment but this post was just too cute. 🙂 Looking forward to part 2 and hoping to make it to your shop sometime soon!

  3. I also am looking forward to being able to visit your shop. Now that winter is almost over, I am slowly coming out of hibernation (I am not a fan of dark at 4:30 and freezing cold — hibernation is not an exaggeration, save for going to work). Anyway, I love these behind the scenes peek. Keep ’em coming! 🙂

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