Tuesday, January 31, 2012

What's New Wednesday? Oh so much. . .

Kiki and Madison at 
Madison's First Birthday celebration

The beautiful Birthday girl

WNW:  Personal

Our baby grand daughter Madison celebrated her first Birthday this month and it would be an understatement to say she has her Kiki and GP wrapped around her little finger.  We are all consumed with this little person and blown away by the love we have for her; and just when we think our hearts might burst we learn that her little sister is on the way!  Jodi is doing great and says this pregnancy is going by much faster than her first.  I'm thinking chasing a little toddler around might have something to do with that.  We are so very excited!  

WNW:  Business

Lakehouse Outfitters has had a whirlwind few months.  With the closing of LHO the end of October I had visions of freedom and fewer demands on my time.  That may have happened had we not been in retail and in the middle of Holiday Season, the three biggest months of the year in Canton.  
We came out of the blocks in November with a huge Canton and worked the rest of the month prepping for December.  Canton is becoming a full time retail operation (although we only open 4 days each month) and earlier this month we were offered additional square footage in our building and are in the process of expanding and remodeling our store there. Whew!  Never a dull moment.

Workers building the new wall - part one of
a two part/two month project

 If you haven't been to Canton to shop recently this is a good month to do so as we're celebrating our new space with a Remodeling Sale! 

 Great deals ($20-$50 off vintage signs) and 50% off Lakegirl clothing!

We also saw a big jump in sales over the Holidays from people shopping ONLINE
which was another learning curve and one we continue to improve and tweak to be sure we are meeting expectations from those shopping online.  Our online customers are mostly from Texas although the past few weeks we have seen an increase of visitors from New York, Illinois, Georgia, Michigan which is encouraging.

And finally, we have upgraded our Lakehouse Outfitters facebook page to allow our friends and followers to shop new products at a discount before they are brought into inventory.  We have so many wonderful customers we wanted to do something special for them and facebook seemed like the perfect place.  

Simply go to our page and click on Products listed in the left hand column.  There you will have access to New Product Introductions offered at a discount.  This is a facebook exclusive offer.  

And by the way you don't have to "like" us to get the deal...but we hope you do!

 Canton starts Thursday - hope we see you there!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Freedom. . .

A visit to the 
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery just west of downtown San Diego took my breathe away and reminded me that the Freedom we so enjoy as Americans is many things, but Free is not one of them.

There are 101, 079 graves at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery dating back to 1882.

It sounds cliche' to say that pictures speak louder than words - yet in this situation this blogger's words seem small and feel like unwanted company to this post.

Thank You and God Bless
 the Men and Women of the U.S. Military and Armed Forces

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dreary, Damp, Drizzling & Delightful!

As we went about our business Monday morning I was taken aback while listening to local radio by the dismal attitudes regarding the rain.  (Last I knew, we were in the midst of the worst drought in the history of the State of Texas)

"It's a dismal, rainy sloppy morning out there."
"We're in for a nasty rainy day or two."
"This weather front is going to be with us for a few days, more wet, gray, gloom ahead"

At the risk of sounding like a contrarian I have to say I'm loving the rain and the replenishing of our water levels.  As you know, there are 100's of lake homes and recreational property lining the shores of the many reservoirs which supply the water to the Dallas/Fort Worth municipalities.  I found a few photos to remind us  how much of this rainy, sloppy, gloomy, gray, wet and nasty rain days we need to get back into normal water supply levels.

It was reported that DFW Airport received 2" of rain yesterday.  In looking at these photos it's easy to imagine 2" simply disappearing into the ground.  Some lakes are down 22-24 feet! 

I say, let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!

Have a wonderful, water filled week!