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Maryland

Our New Retailers

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If you've been reading about out trade show booth progress, it's now time for the results of all of that work. The list of our new retailers! From up and down the East Coast to the West Coast, we have some awesome stores that welcomed Old Town Suds into their family.

California

Independent Mercantile, Inc. 728 Main Street Murphys, CA Phone: 209.728.8416

Washington, DC

Lettie Gooch 1517 U Street Northwest Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202.332.4242

National Archives Store 700 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC Phone: 202.357.5271

National Building Museum Shop 401 F Street Northwest Washington, DC 20001 Phone: 202.272.2448

Georgia

The Uniqueness Of It All 6786 Broad Street Douglasville, GA Phone: 678.427.8088

Maryland

The Annapolis Pottery 40 State Circle Annapolis, MD 21401 Phone: 410.268.6153

The Fine Arts Company 18031 Garland Groh Boulevard Hagerstown, MD 21740 Phone: 301.971.2781

The Muse 19 North Market Street Frederick, MD 21701 Phone: 301.663.3632

Massachusetts

Quinstance Opening Spring 2015 in Burlington, MA

North Carolina

Cedar Creek Gallery & Pottery 1150 Fleming Road Creedmoor, NC 27522 Phone: 919.528.1041

Pennsylvania

Pearl S. Buck Gift Shop 520 Dublin Rd Perkasie, PA 18944

Urban Post 323 Market Street Lewisburg, PA 17837 Phone: 570.374.0606

Virginia

Artful Gift Shop 145 Church St NW Vienna, VA 22180 Phone Number: 703.242-1220

Chateau O'Brien 3238 Railstop Road Markham, VA 22643 Phone Number: 540.364.6441

Michie Tavern General Store 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway Charlottesville, VA 22902 Phone: 434.977.1234

The Picket Fence Burke Village Center 6025 Burke Centre Parkway Burke, VA 22015 Phone: 703.250.2671

Stifel & Capra 260 W Broad Street Falls Church, VA 22046 Phone Number: 703.533-3557

Tin Top Art & Handmade 130 N. Loudoun Street Winchester, VA 22601 Phone: 703.999.2997

Wanda's Hair Salon 3784 Old Franklin Tpke Rocky Mount, VA 24092 Phone Number: 540.489.1068

#sbww14 pt 2

If you missed part 1, catch up here.

It's a truth universally acknowledged that every small business owner is in search of great wine. - SH

Joel, my mom and pretty much the other half of every person I've brought to the small business meetings thinks we get together to enjoy some fine wine. I'm not going to say that is wrong, it is just concealing the full truth. Our meeting do being with opening a bottle or two or three and an obscene amount of cheese; but it's the conversation that follows that matters.

The conversation is energizing. It's motivating. It encourages each of us to push our comfort zones.  It helps each one of us look at our business with a different lens. Through our conversations several of us have questioned why we do what we do, decided to go full-time with our business and have started working on plans to take our plans to the next level.

SBWW14 covered many of these favorite topics. But instead of just hearing our own voices, we had guest speakers, coaches and new faces that were added to the group. We talked about the hardships of working for yourself. The difficulties that we will face or are facing. How do you stay relevant? How do you recognize plateaus and when you need fresh ideas? Then we moved onto marketing.

Oh, marketing. The deadly M word. I work in the marketing field in my day job, but marketing your own business is a touchy subject. You are attached. You are full of emotions. You see things completely differently than your customers. So how do you move behind these hurtles? Each of us came up with a different strategy with action times that we are going to act on in the very near future.

I'm not sure what I would do without my business group. I love hearing about how the other ladies in the group are doing. I love seeing how their businesses grow, stumble and exceed all expectations. We cheer each other on and are a fantastic support system.

SBWW14 was a fantastic event for me. I can't wait to see what happens in the next year and where our next retreat takes us.