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.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's All About NEW at Sweet Tooth!!

Here's what's happening at Sweet Tooth as we prepare for end of summer, holiday season, etc.

First, we plan to have more in-store parties this year.  On Saturday, August 27 we are having a BACK TO SCHOOL party for kids 3 years to 12 years.  There will be cookie decorating, face painting, games and of course, a favor.

In November we are having a TROLL PARTY.  Remember those odd little dolls?  They are back and a movie featuring Trolls will be coming out in November.  We have already begun plans for Trolls.  Check out YouTube for preview videos.

In November as well, we will have our HOLIDAY PARTY.  That is always a bunch of fun, with a discount on all purchases that day and goodies to sample.

We are involved in tasting and planning for new candies.  In addition to seasonal candy which is always a great deal of fun, we will be bringing in a line of caramels (Annie's), Seattle Chocolates which are totally delicious (and the company is run by women!!), another candy company, South Bend Chocolate which is getting rave reviews in the trade magazines, as well as Pocky and Pejoy, Candy Coated Sunflower seeds, more Hammond's chocolates and hard candies....more and more.

On the Gift Side of the store, there is new SCOUT totes and storage pieces and we are going to offer monogramming on SCOUT.  Then there is new Trollbeads and Kameleon collections, new FRED (so much fun...belly laughing fun!), Donkeys and Elephant Dammit Dolls (don't you just feel like slapping the ground with a Dammit Doll?), new greeting cards, fused glass plates and Chala purses.

We will be hosting several trunk shows this fall for our jewelry lines...in addition to Trollbeads and Kameleon, there will be Obsidian jewelry, Forever in My Heart lockets and Ionic beaded jewelry.

Sneak Preview:  a new line of hand made, one of a kind scarves knitted by someone here in Tulsa that many of you already know.

Do I sound excited?  Hope so, cuz I am.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Snacking!!

The truthiness is out.  Snacking, especially by millennials is IN and by IN I mean that according to some statistics more than 80% of millennials are willing to drop a few extra coins in specialty stores selling upscale and a tad-more-expensive-than-a-Hershey-bar snacks and chocolates.

Of course that kind of attitude warms our hearts.  We enjoy hearing that people value quality over quantity (or cost) and are more selective in their choices for consumption.

Yes, we know that healthy food is in.  So is healthy recipes for chocolates and snacks.  We are hearing more often the importance of organic chocolates, natural chocolates, as well snacks which are full of healthy ingredients.

Sweet Tooth is researching new brands of candies and chocolates in order to fill the request for these sorts of snacks.  We are adding new items and eliminating most candies which are simply sugary.  We normally avoid snacks and candies which are sold in groceries and in/out stores.  We know that those stores do not make certain that the temperature, the light and moisture which destroy the quality of the candy and snacks are kept within the bounds of what is recommended for freshness.

Often those stores do not rotate their candy and snacks.  Therefore the customer cannot be certain that the candy and snacks are as fresh as they should be.

"Blooming" on chocolate is often mistaken for mold.  However blooming is not mold....it is the separation of the cream, butter and chocolate which naturally occurs if the candy is aged or not kept in the correct environment.

Do I cringe when I see people dispensing their own candy in a grocery store?  Do I want to run away from those barrels of candy when I see a store employee loading candy on top of what is in the barrel, rather than rotate the candy?

Yes.  I have to admit that after 24 years these things make me a little annoyed.  No matter the cost, the truth is that the savings isn't worth the possibility that these precious chocolates and snacks are not worth eating .