Wednesday, December 16, 2009

HELP: Shop the Shoppe!




Remember a few posts ago, in A Chance to be Profound, I told you about a little Christmas shopkeeper who was so kind to me, at a time when my spirit really, really needed it?  I just got word that the shop is struggling this year.  Really struggling.  As the shopkeeper's sister wrote in a comment to that post just today, Demory's is "going through tough times right now."  (gulp)  We all know what that means in these tough times.

The thought of this particular shop closing makes my heart heavy, not because of anything in particular in their store -- though all their merchandise is lovely and fairly priced -- but because of the kindness and ethic that came along with the merchandise.  That is a rare commodity that we have undervalued for far too long, don't you agree? 

How's your Christmas shopping going?

Are you finished?

If you are, how did it go?  Were you treated kindly?  Did you leave the store feeling better than you did when you came in?  Probably not. 



ughhhhh!


In fact, when was the last time you left a store feeling beholden to the shopkeeper for treating you so well?  I'll bet most of you can't remember.  And if you can, it was a little shop like Demory's




If you're not finished, why?

Are you out of ideas?  Any chance they would like something from a little Christmas shop in Maryland?

How is your spirit feeling this season?  Christmas and otherwise.  I know mine waxes and wanes . . . and often this time of year, I keep my eyes open for that last little something to do to make the season brighter for someone else, thereby replenishing my Christmas spirit as well.

Well, I found it.

And I pass it along to you as well:  Shop the shoppe!

If you need a gift for someone yet . . . consider a Christmas item from Demory's.  Big or small, I know they'd love your business. 

 
301-739-9627


If nothing else, at least visit their website, for a unique experience . . . the website reflects the person, not only the merchandise . . . very refreshing.



Feel free to grab the button for your own blog and help me spread the word.  (I feel just like Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail . . . "Can we save the Shop Around the Corner???"  If only I had her cute hair . . . but I digress . . . let's get to work!)  





Let the LORD be magnified, 
which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
From Psalm 35:27

8 comments:

sissie said...

Going over there now to look around. There are so many little shops near me that are struggling to stay alive, it's just awful.
I am not a mall shopper and I always try to support locally owned businesses, but not everyone feels the same way.
You are right about the shopping experience. I find that when I shop my favorite little botiques and local shops, that I am treated much better.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi there,
Thanks for stopping by recently. I scrolled down to see all your wonderful vintage Christmas pics. How delightful. Thanks for sharing. : )
M.L.

debbie said...

I ADORE YOU.
I FOUND YOU THROUGH A COMMENT YOU LEFT ON THE CHICKEN BOYS BLOG. I DON'T HAVE ANY REAL CHICKENS BUT I LOVE THEM. I HAVE 2 CATS, 1 KITTEN, 1 RESCUE SCHNAUZER AND MY DAUGHTERS CHIHUAHUA...ALL OUR PETS ARE RESCUE AND I GUESS ROMEO IS TO SINCE MY ONLY PRECIOUS DAUGHTER GRADUATED TO HEAVEN OCT 23, 2009. I HAVE 1 SON AND A DIL WHO IS A SCHOOL TEACHER. THEY HAVE 2 YORKIES.
I LOVE YOUR PROFILE PICTURE BUT OF COURSE I LOVE VINTAGE HATS. IN OUR TOWN THE RUDEST PEOPLE WORK AT WAL MART BUT MY DAUGHTER PRIOR TO GETTING SICK WAS A MANAGER AT ROSS....THE CUSTOMERS WERE NOT VERY NICE AND SHE ALWAYS TOLD A CUSTOMER THAT WAS KIND...THANK YOU...BECAUSE IT WAS RARE.
I WILL VISIT YOUR LITTLE SHOP AND I TOO CAN GET EXCITED ABOUT SAVING THE LITTLE BOOK STORE SO TO SPEAK.
LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING TO KNOW YOU.
ANGEL HUGS
DEBBIE

bad penny said...

hello I followed you from the chicken boys...( I have two laying & two not )

As for Christmas prep ...
I have a naked Christmas tree and so much to do

AAARRRRGGGHHH !!!

bad penny said...

PS ! I was treated very badly in a jewellery shop we have used over the years for special gifts. I was looking for something for my daughter's seventeenth birtday.

I was told by a very up herself young lady that I'd be better served going to " Joe Bloggs high street ! "

I told a friend who works at the jewellers too & have had a telephone call of grovelling apology.

She made me feel like I was worthless in her shop

(If this is lost in translation Joe Bloggs is like saying John Doe !!! )

Chickens in the Basement said...

Well, Miss Renee, I feel a movement coming on. Having once been a shop owner, I know customers come back because of the way they are treated. There are enough stores out there who will provide me with what I need, including a smile and a "thank you". If people behave badly, I will not return. If we continue to shop the Targets and other stores that have poor customer service, we allow them to treat us badly and more small businesses will close down.

With internet shopping, it is very easy to support a small business...just click and send.

Merry Christmas!
Anna

Tricia said...

Your blog posts have been so heart-warming and real the last few days. I've really enjoyed reading them all. I missed you on Pink Saturday last week - I didn't get too much visiting done, but I did look for your post. I will try to stop over at the shop you mentioned. It is so true that the home grown small businesses are the ones we should support. I've been trying to be intentional about doing that this year, too. That is where you usually get the people who know you when you come in & make you feel special. And I loved your Melancholy Christmas post too. So true. Thanks for sharing such beautiful posts!

Tricia

Tracy said...

Hi, Renee! It's looking lovely Christmas here! On Sunday hubby & I are leaving for our trip to share Christmas with my family... so scrambling to get all sorts done--LOL! It's been great to meet you lately, and look forward to visiting you here in the New Year. Wishing you & yours the Happiest Holiday and JOY in the New Year :o)

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