Happy (Belated) 7 Years, Eclectic!

Mary Rosemeyer - Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Sooooo, its a little late, but we recently officially turned 7 in May and celebrated with a big ole party a few weeks ago in June (there were many tacos, you should have been there!!).

When much retail has moved out of Libertyville and replaced by restaurants, we look back in awe and immense gratitude that we are still here.

We are thriving.
We are growing.
And its all thanks to you.

When we opened in 2010, we knew we did not want to be like other stores.

Especially big box stores.

We wanted a very special space with products that reflected a certain individual and a certain lifestyle. Although our assortment has changed quite a bit through the years, that ethos has not.

Products that are thoughtful, well made and useful while still being gorgeous.

Services that are individualized to each person, couple or family we work with.

A space that is relaxing, welcoming, inspiring and enjoyable to shop in.

Look, we know we are not for everyone, and that's perfectly ok! We actually designed it that way! 

However, the ones that do get us- thank you! You are our heart, you keep us inspired and alive in more ways than one. Thank you for believing in us and developing a legitimately meaningful relationship. Thank you for walking in that one, random day, and thank you 100x over for coming back over and over.

Thank you for telling your friends about us.

Thank you for giving us positive feed back when you were happy and *constructive* criticism when things could be improved.

Most of all, thank you for letting us into your homes and lives, we truly care about you and are grateful to be a small part of your life.

To everyone else who has yet to come in... There is room in the Eclectic family and we can't wait to meet you (and your dogs). 

Baby, You've Changed!

Mary Rosemeyer - Saturday, March 04, 2017

"Is this the same store?"


"Are you new?"


"Is it under new ownership?"

 

These are things we have heard quite a bit lately!

 

The answer is yes, same store, same owners since we opened in 2010, and yes things ARE different and we are very excited about that!

 

You may have noticed some changes at Eclectic in the past year.

We’ve heard a lot of comments on how the store looks different, and its true.

 

We’ve been busy making adjustments and changes. After all, we have been here almost 7 years now (!!!!!!!), change is inevitable and always a good thing in our eyes.

 

WHAT'S CHANGED?

The goal of Eclectic was never to be static and offer the same merchandise over and over. What fun is that? We are constantly changing and inspired by different looks, colors, hobbies, etc. and the store is a continued reflection of that.

In the back, we’ve added a lovely barn wood desk that serves as home base for a client meeting area, work space and general hang out area- multipurpose at its finest!


But, where you may have noticed the biggest change is in product selection.

 

What we carry is not only a reflection of our own vision for the store but what you, our customers and clients, are asking for and more importantly, purchasing.

As much as we felt there was a lack of unique, quality furniture in the area, it was not selling and it didn’t make sense to keep it around "just because". A bit of a painful decision, but a necessary one.

 

Home accessories and lifestyle gifts are still our primary focus, but keep in mind that just because we don’t have furniture or specific accessories in the store doesn’t mean that we cannot order it for you!

We are now expanding as an outpost for men's products- grooming supplies, beard oil, shaving brushes, pomade, cologne... lots of products that have been tried and tested on friends with raving reviews.

 

We've also sourced merchandise from small, independent, American vendors that can't be found elsewhere. As a small business, its important for us to align with other small businesses.

 

Our new POS system now allows us to accept AMEX! Another perk is that it will cut down on paper waste- all receipts are now digital!


SHOP ONLINE!

 
Can’t make it in?

You can shop from our most popular items online and even schedule a pick-up time (or select shipping)... even have it wrapped in our signature and exclusive wrapping options!!

 

So yes, we HAVE changed and we think that these changes are a great thing; bringing more options and convenience to you, our awesome and loyal customers. Thank you for standing by us and proving that the American Dream is still alive and well.

Dreamy clients...

Mary Rosemeyer - Wednesday, December 07, 2016
What makes a dreamy client?

We've been fortunate to work with a bounty of incredible people who let us into their homes and transform their lives. Each and every one has been lovely and a joy to work with. 

Seriously. We are lucky. However, the most successful, seamless, beautiful projects have a few common denominators. Things that stood out and made design magic happen.

So, what makes a dream client?

They know what they want.

They're comfortable in their skin and are confident in where they are at in life. Decisions are made quickly with revisions here and there, but they don't feel the need to keep seeing more. They know what they like when they see it.

They remain open.

Despite knowing what they like, they're also able to keep an open mind when it comes to concepts on color, patterns or even layout. They can entertain novel ideas without being derailed because they understand they hired a professional to give them concepts they would not have developed on their own.

They can talk money.

Budget conversations can be uncomfortable for many, but they shouldn't be. A designer's job is to allocate your funds based on what is most important to you. We would hate to propose products that are so outside your budget it scares you off! 

They are fun and kind.

We'll spend a lot of time together, so its a bonus when you can laugh and have fun. Many of our clients work with charities and its always a great opportunity for us to give back to them when it comes time for raffles or donations. 

So, there you have it. Four simple attributes that make up our extra dreamy clients.

Running a store...

Mary Rosemeyer - Wednesday, November 16, 2016
We often overhear people say "OMG! I would LOOOOOVE to have a store one day. It would be so much fun!" And we silently chuckle to ourselves because yes, it IS fun, but its also a boatload of un-glamorous, behind the scenes work. 

And boxes. Lots and lots of boxes (and packing peanuts....UGH!) and broken nails. Your hands look and feel awful until January. 

So, what is it really like to run a store during the holidays?

Well...

August- Look over last year's sales and review what sold well, how many items sold, what was the best price point and compare it to what has been selling well this year. Many times things sell well during the holidays that don't translate over the rest of the year. Finalize on window and store displays- which merchandise will go where. 

September- Start putting together marketing- store events, graphics, email blasts, blog posts, etc. This is probably the hardest part because there are so many daily moving parts at the store- deliveries, customers, solicitors, ringing phone, emails, etc.

October- Have all orders placed, entered into the POS system and ready to go. As orders roll in, unpack, check for damages/ shortages and fill out any necessary claim forms. Cancel back ordered items that will not arrive in time. Order bags, ribbon, business cards, tissue, hang tags, labels... all of the pretties.

November- Likely getting daily deliveries of merchandise that needs to be unpacked, tagged and put out on the floor. This means mountains of boxes and peanuts. And lots of trips to the recycling dumpster. The store is likely in some sort of disarray with stuff everywhere as we unpack. Sorry! :D 

Thanksgiving- As we approach this holiday, we are at the store long hours helping customers with last minute gifts and decor or hosting some fun events (you're on our email list, right?!).

December- Organized chaos; hoping that we ordered the right amount of merchandise that lasts through the season without too much carry over. It might mean keeping close eye on stock that can be ordered and received within a week. We often work 6 or 7 days a week, attend or host parties and pop-ups weekly, and just generally try to make it a fun shopping experience for our customers (hello, bourbon!). 

Truthfully, its can be very taxing and we often miss out on making our own holiday magic at home, but this is our time to roll up our sleeves and get dirty. The amount of people we get to help and make happy make those under eye bags all worth it! 

January- we sometimes hear people say that the store looks lean or bare. That's a good thing! That means that people were shopping and supporting our town! The amount of merchandise we stock for the holiday is double to triple our normal inventory to keep up with the amount of shoppers. 

If you come by in the spring or summer, the store will look different. And again, its by choice to keep it open and airy, focusing only on core products. 

So, after reading this, what do you think? 

Could you hang?

Is shopkeep life what you thought it was? 

Whatever the verdict, we sincerely thank you for nearly 7 years of Eclectic. 

YOU are why we love what we do.

Happy (Belated) 7 Years, Eclectic!

Written by: Mary Rosemeyer on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sooooo, its a little late, but we recently officially turned 7 in May and celebrated with a big ole party a few weeks ago in June (there were many tacos, you should have been there!!).

When much retail has moved out of Libertyville and replaced by restaurants, we look back in awe and immense gratitude that we are still here.

We are thriving.
We are growing.
And its all thanks to you.

When we opened in 2010, we knew we did not want to be like other stores.

Especially big box stores.

We wanted a very special space with products that reflected a certain individual and a certain lifestyle. Although our assortment has changed quite a bit through the years, that ethos has not.

Products that are thoughtful, well made and useful while still being gorgeous.

Services that are individualized to each person, couple or family we work with.

A space that is relaxing, welcoming, inspiring and enjoyable to shop in.

Look, we know we are not for everyone, and that's perfectly ok! We actually designed it that way! 

However, the ones that do get us- thank you! You are our heart, you keep us inspired and alive in more ways than one. Thank you for believing in us and developing a legitimately meaningful relationship. Thank you for walking in that one, random day, and thank you 100x over for coming back over and over.

Thank you for telling your friends about us.

Thank you for giving us positive feed back when you were happy and *constructive* criticism when things could be improved.

Most of all, thank you for letting us into your homes and lives, we truly care about you and are grateful to be a small part of your life.

To everyone else who has yet to come in... There is room in the Eclectic family and we can't wait to meet you (and your dogs). 

Mary Rosemeyer

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