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!

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. I really enjoyed this also. So interesting how much work is involved in running your own business.

    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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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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