Hard to believe, but it's been over two years since we moved from the old location near Court Square to our present address in Waterman Square Shopping Center. Moving so much inventory and so many store fixtures was a HUGE job! It was all we could do to get everything re-located and set up for business within just a few days.
926 West Market Street
Now that we're here and well settled in, we've been turning our attention to the way the goodies are displayed. Some ideas have been on the back burner with little time to put them into action. Some ideas we've picked up along the way from customer suggestions and business seminars. Recently, we've embarked on some serious re-arranging!
Samples of all the upholstery and drapery fabrics, both in-stock and special order
We've had a lot of success and customer compliments with our home decor samples of upholstery and drapery fabrics. Every special-order fabric as well as every fabric on big rolls in the back of the store is displayed in color families on the home dec sample rack. Customers can easily see what's in stock and narrow their browsing by color. We even allow borrowing . . . up to 5 samples for 3 days . . . to compare fabrics to carpeting, wall paint and other textiles at home. A great idea from one of our staff (thanks, Doris!) has turned into a great convenience for our customers.
We have some gorgeous lace and embroidered fabrics for customers making special garments like prom and wedding dresses. Because they are delicate and expensive, they are kept clean and dust-free in protective bags. Good idea . . . except that customers couldn't see them clearly or handle them. (You know that's a problem! We have to touch and feel fabrics before we buy!)
Not so easy to see or get to!
Well, the light bulb went off a few weeks ago! Why not hang touch-able, feel-able, see-able samples of all those stunning laces and embroideries where customers could actually reach them? Duh!
So we did!
The protective bags have been banished to a back room where they can be safe, and now our customers can actually see and touch the inventory. Much better!
Our Ragtime Staff