sunny post-black friday saturday

Friends at Heavenly Metal on this beautiful sunny saturday morning. Monique Deschaine’s Al Dente Pasta trunk show is today! and David Menafee and Sally Mitani are singing in the store right now! Heavenly Metal just knows how to get it right!

ah, thanks for a day off.

As I read annarbor.com’s minute-to-minute accounts of Black Friday at the malls and big box stores, all I can say is I am thankful to have a day off and today not be the least bit concerned about holiday shoppers. The media makes way too big a deal of this whole holiday shopping thing. Yes we retailers need strong holiday…

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think local first!

I know All of you are part of the shop local mindset — and we Ann Arbor independent business owners love you for that! Tonight I attended the Think Local First annual member meeting. Everyone at the meeting was geared up for a strong holiday season and feeling positive that the Buy Local movement is as strong in Ann Arbor…

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cutest sweater dress, uh huh. the sweatshirt tunic’s not’ so bad either.

two cool tunics at heavenly metal. so winter cozy. so cute with leggings…….or jeans, it’s your call, y’know. and I’ve got the mother load of leggings: denim, cable-knit, solids. get yourself a pair of boots….the rest is on ann st. susan in the long ruffled, hooded sweater dress. only in grey. kinda nice, eh? pat got herself a great new…

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how many boxes can one girl open?

Last Thursday and Friday, 20 boxes were delivered to Heavenly Metal. Seriously. It took two days (and one of them into the wee hours) for Karen and me to get everything opened, checked off, priced, and merchandised, which means tearing the store apart, moving everything around, and finding the right place for all the new goodies. Here’s the results of…

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just look at jess now!

Several years ago U/M student Jess Constable worked part time in my store while she was finishing up her undergrad degree in the business school, while also launching her own jewelry business. After graduation Jess moved to Chicago where she has been growing that business and blogging her life experiences. I’m so proud of her! She received high accolades today,…

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