Why am I driving thousands of miles around the country? It is part to drop inventory with shops whom I already have a relationship with, and it's part to meet many new shop owners. I want to help shops with sourcing their most sustainable, local and closed loop products for their customers. I'm also hoping to help them overcome other hurdles such as funding and marketing.
I find these face to face interactions the best way to kick off a business relationship. I get a sense of their shop, what's important to them, and they get to try samples and see products before committing to carry them.
So much travel might be tiresome for some people, but I find it to be an adventure and my family loves to come along when they can. This is such a beautiful country, the landscapes and vistas are breathtaking and driving through is the best way to see them all in my opinion.
I will be back in town end of July, but I'm keeping my retail operations on hold until the end of August as I restructure my business. I want to be sure I am serving all my clients to the best of my ability, both the other Zero Waste shops and the retail customers in my community.
This is going to be a major undertaking, and will be the focus of my time. I do want to return to holding booths at markets, but they are going to focus on the products that I make that I believe are the best option in those categories and aren't available in other nearby shops. This will include my composting systems, my dryer balls made of local Climate Beneficial Transitional (TM) sheep's wool and my hand crocheted and knitted items made from natural local organic fiber. I am not planning to host a refill bar at the markets in the future. BUT..........
The Future of Retail
That's all for now, I will try to share some stories of my travels, but my days are so jammed pack I can't make promises!