Now... said veranda...
It's my networking platform; my stage.
I like people; I like talking and meeting new people is what you do in a place like this.
Ostensibly I sell a non-essential product (not everyone wants or can afford art) so I engage with every person that passes this shop.
My shop front
Part of the veranda showing other shop fronts
The immediate photo above shows the entrance to a restaurant called The Purple Giraffe at the end of the veranda. When we opened the shop (on 1 September) Estelle treated us to a light lunch and milk shakes. Linda, proprietress of the Purple Giraffe is an artist in her own right and creates the most beautiful and delicious milkshakes: Turkish Delight; Belgium Chocolate; Strawberries AND cream; Dark Chocolate and Orange.
When I've chatted to my own potential customers about the Muthi picture (a showstopper and piece d'resistance), I suggest they try a milkshake at Purple Giraffe. Time and again, they return and tell me thanks for the suggestion; the milkshake was delicious. And guess what? More often than not they buy something from me !
Muthi and the Meerkats (sound like a 60's band name!)
Last week Linda sent refreshments for me and Grant to say thank you!
On Sunday a man came in and said: I've been sent to you to buy your African Potato Cream. **Margie, from the other side of the veranda runs a shop selling perfumes, creams and Tea Tree Oil and sent him to me!
Yesterday morning Colette at the Hide Shop nearby brought a young couple to me; they wanted a "mountain" souvenir. Of course I have mousepads, potstands, coasters, clocks, magnets and keyrings of all the paintings Steve has done. As they were browsing, I asked where they are staying. They told me and I immediately said: You are on honeymoon! They nodded shyly and when I said I want to see you back here in 45 years, OK; they laughed! They bought souvenirs...
Oh, and this post has taken me more than an hour to write! I have been up and down umpteen times !
I'm linking to Our World Tuesday here
** African Potato Cream is part of the Vitamune Range. It's a blend of traditional remedies using only ORGANIC base oils (sesame, jojoba and macadamia nut oils) It's also 100% natural.
It contains extracts from the Kigelia (African Sausage Tree) African Potato (Hypoxis) abd Sutherlandia (Cancer Bush) and is used for mild skin cancers, sun damage, eczema, sunburns, athlete's foot among other.
HAPPY TUESDAY TO YOU ALL!