Thursday, February 23, 2017

What's A Candy Girl To Do

Remember my post about the James Harden candy beards which were coming to the nearest candy store in your neighborhood?

I was so excited last week when one of our distributors sales rep brought a sample of the package of The Beard candy, so I ordered it as fast as I could.

Boo hoo!  the order came this week minus The Beard candy!!   

I was consoled by the arrival of the Gummi Sushi and the Gummi Pizza boxes.  And finally, the new manufacturer of Strawberry Licorice Wheels came through, as well as the Black Licorice Wheels and one of our favorites:  the Violet Crumble bar from Australia.

What's a Candy Girl to do when The Beard disappoints me?  I split a Violet Crumble bar with Jeff and it really did make up for that disappointment.

Now I am already searching for the new Halloween candies...believe it.....that season is already upon us. I am intrigued with the Crazy Teeth with Slime Candy in the center and the spooky lantern with lights and sounds and of course, a candy bracelet.

However on the gift side we received the Flint remover (a totally cool looking lint remover which opens like a lipstick and can be tucked away in your purse or brief case) and the new PUR Tumbler with the extra layer of copper to outdo the Yeti Tumbler.  In a test to see which would keep the ice cubes longer, the PUR Tumbler outdid the Yeti by 4 hours and the cost is less for the PUR.

What a world ....Candy & Gifts....always something new around the corner.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Dash Away, Dash Away Robotic Cart

I couldn't wait to tell you about a new robotic shopping cart which is supposed to be coming out in 2017.

It is called the Dash Robotic Shopping Cart, designed, they say, with the frustrated shopper in mind.

Here's what you do and what it does.

Take your shopping list on your phone to the grocery store.  Walk up to one of the Dash Robotic Carts and transfer your list to the Cart.  The Cart will then sort your list based on the design of the store and will give you the most effective route to do your shopping.

The Dash is equipped with a scanner and you can even pay for your groceries through the Cart.

The Cart will follow you out to your car, while you unload your groceries and then turn around, go back to the store and set itself in the docking station.  That fact alone ought to make grocery store employees jubilant.  No more running out in the rain or the snow to pick up the carts and take them back to the store!!

The Cart shows the shopper what item is coming up next, by highlighting that item on the screen.

This Dash Robotic Cart is pretty cool .  It doesn't appear to take away any human jobs and it makes grocery shopping a lot of fun.

Let's hope one of our Tulsa groceries gets the Dash.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Haiku, Not Achoo at Sweet Tooth

Here is something fun which we did at Sweet Tooth.

A few weeks ago we had Connie Cronley in our store, signing her new book, SHAKE A STICK AT IT.  By the way, we have some signed copies still available.

Connie is a fan of Haiku.  In preparation for her visit, all of us attempted to write some Haiku poems.  Read on.

Holiday season
amidst noise and confusion
May we practice peace.

May serenity
and harmony abound this
holiday season.

Swamped by the great
ladies from snowy Vermont,
they came, they conquered.

Black Friday shoppers
Be kind to retail workers
Santa is watching.

May I have patience
with selfcentered shoppers this
holiday season.

Duties at Sweet Tooth
stretch my capabilities
so I do my thing.

Many treats are sweet
Some are sour and some are both
Chocolate is not.

Connie also wrote in her book that she does not like accordion music.  So, Jeff got out his junior accordion and while Connie was in the store, he played WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING IN.  Connie has a captivating laugh and she used it well as Jeff played the song.

He also attempted THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS which Connie declares in her book that any piece, no matter its subject or purpose, can be sung to that song!!

Sweet Tooth:  Our Happy Place.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

350,000 Oklahoma Folks Work Retail

Hello and Happy New Year.

I have been saving a Tulsa World article from December 30 to comment on.  It was titled "Data show state retail employs 350K".

The National Retail Federation had published information which showed that a majority of working folks in Oklahoma are employed in retail jobs.

Now that number, 350,000 people, demonstrates that the majority of workers are employed in all sorts of positions, from grocery stores to health and personal care.  There may be some jobs listed which you don't think of as retail.

Knowing that our state is largely a retail job state, it is somewhat difficult to believe how many people in Oklahoma shop on line, more than ever before, according to this article.

I have to admit that I am fired up about online shopping and I hope you don't get too tired of me bringing it up.  With our state running so short of money for teachers' pay, schools, infrastructure, etc. which are underwritten by state taxes, it is a real sticking point that we Oklahomans still use the internet to purchase items which can be found in local stores.

Those are the purchases which pay the salaries of retail employees and underwrite all the other jobs which we desperately need for our economy.

I would like to see more emphasis placed on shopping local.  Have you noted the number of large stores, small stores, oil related businesses, restaurants, etc. which are closing their doors because less people are shopping locally?  If you are with me on this issue, please talk it up among friends and family.

I know there are some items which cannot be easily purchased locally and the internet is our only resource.  However supporting local businesses should be the first thought we have when we are needing or wanting to purchase something for ourselves or others.

Give it a try, ok?

As for the new year, one of our plans is to spend more time holding events in our store and continuing to look around for interesting, new products.  After 25 years of Sweet Tooth, we are always excited when new trends and new merchandise and new candy comes our way.

Check in with us once in a while to determine if Sweet Tooth has new goodies....don't be that customer who tells us, "I only shop here once a year, for Christmas."  That one sentence is a heart-breaker.

Hoping to see you soon.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Lion and the Lamb

Time has really been rushing by.  Here we are, already in the 4th quarter and just past Black Friday, Shop Local and almost Cyber Monday.

Many local retailers are a bit nervous about this year.  Shopping online has grown, according to one source, 4% more people on Black Friday than last year.  Macy's online was so busy that it actually crashed.  I happened to go to one store on Black Friday and was very surprised that there was no line at the register.  On the news Wednesday evening, there was only 1 lady camped outside of Best Buy.  What is going on?

This year we may see lots of "predictions" about sales, however the recent Presidential election has taught us all that predictions aren't always correct.

After 25 years of being in the retail business, you would think we would have the ability to know what will happen in the 4th quarter.  Actually, we don't.

And because we have to order so many holiday candy and gift items earlier in the year, it is simply one big guess as to what we will be able to sell.

Nonetheless, 4th quarter has its own excitement and its own beauty.  The streets are filling with houses all lit up.  Stores are dressed for the grand ball and filled with all sorts of wonderful merchandise.  It is simply impossible not to feel energetic and happy.

Both of our Big Chocolate Turkeys (3-1.2 pounds of chocolate) sold before Thanksgiving.  I choose to see that as a positive sign that folks are not discouraged about the economy, the election, or any other negative force.  People want to be happy and we all work against the odds to keep our spirits bright.

My current observation is that people are gearing up for giving and for decorating.  Folks may be a little later this year in making that happen; however it will happen.

And guess what?  A few years ago Thanksgiving and Chanukah happened on the same day.  This year Christmas Eve and the First Night Of Chanukah are both happening on December 24.  That looks a little bit like the lion and the lamb lying down together, peacefully.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I am back.....looking forward to seeing you.

I have almost run through October without anything to say.  And you ask:  How could that be?

I am about to rescue myself from this lifeless month by letting you know about up coming events at our store.

First I want to introduce you to Seattle Chocolate bars....a chocolate company run by women!!  I have no idea if this is a First; however it is a BIG DEAL in the candy world.  We have received 8 different Seattle Chocolate candy bars and every one looks as yummy as the next.  2 of the bars are specifically wrapped to say Happy Birthday and Thanks.  Inside the darling wrapper is a Milk Chocolate Truffle Bar.  That alone says it all.

Second we've been receiving new merchandise and in a week or so we will have our initial Christmas candy and gift items out in the store.

Speaking of the Holidays, this year we are partnering with 4 other stores right here on Harvard for a blow out Holiday Party.  Joining with Summer Snow, Kiddlestix, Toni's Flowers and Inviting Place, we will all be open on Sunday afternoon, November 13 for a Ho Ho Harvard party.

Visit all 5 stores and you can enter a drawing for a $50 gift basket.  We are giving away 5 of those gifts.  At Sweet Tooth, we will have other drawings, a few of our sales reps and other fun things.  It's not DOWNTOWN, it's MIDTOWN!!

On November 5 we are hosting a Troll Party...you know, those little Troll dolls which have been completely Modernized in a new movie coming out on November 4.  Games, Face Painting, Coloring and more...no charge....for kids ages 3-12.

Sunday November 20 we will welcome Santa to Sweet Tooth.  Come by between 1-3 p.m. and get your photo taken with Santa....FREE.  We had an early visit from Santa in 2015....it was a lot of fun.  Thanks to Party Pro for lending Santa a throne to sit in.

Okay.  So now you know why you haven't heard from me in a while.  I am gearing up for a very special holiday season and I will do my best to keep you up to date on other events at Sweet Tooth.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Something New In The Air

I can feel it.  There is something different in the air and it happens just about this time for the last 25 years.

What is it, you ask?  It is 4th QUARTER.  And that means we are gearing up for the most active, the most fun, the most exciting and interesting time of the year.  Our aisles in the store get smaller and smaller as we incorporate more merchandise and candy.

We see more people, we work with more customers to produce gift baskets, special orders, new combinations which we are challenged to create.  We make wishes come true and in the process probably gain a few pounds tasting new candies and chocolates.

Ah, it is sort of like believing we can fly with Peter Pan....we just take off and enjoy the journey.

In my last blog, I spoke about a new line of scarves which we were preparing to place in the store.  Today was the day we put out 18 individually made, one of a kind knitted scarves by our friend, Eva Unterman.  What seems to be happening at Sweet Tooth is that we are growing our local artists group and Eva is the latest to join us.

She has put so much thought, so much time and effort into each scarf and we are jazzed about each one.  Come take a look.

On Saturday, October 8 we are presenting a number of local artists in a Stop and Chat with Julie Buchheim (Ionic jewelry), Angie Layton (sterling silver charms featuring Oklahoma icons), Jamie Townsend (her book on the Brady Theatre), Hat & Field (our new line of collegiate and Oklahoma t-shirts), Bobbie Whaling (her 2016 ornament featuring a location here in Tulsa) and Eva Unterman (one of a kind scarves).

It is so satisfying to support and highlight some of the artists right here in our own city.  Although we love going to the Gift Market, our own backyard is filled with very special artistic people.

Beyond that, our November project is Ho Ho Harvard.  We are partnering with other retailers right here on Harvard Avenue and throwing a really big Holiday Party.  We can't wait to reveal all the details, but think:  Toni's Flowers, Kiddlestix, Summer Snow, Sweet Tooth and Inviting Place, together on Sunday November 13.

SAVE THE DATES:  October 8 and November 13 and celebrate local artists, holiday fun and the latest "strip"...Harvard Avenue.