Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Things we can cross off our list today....

1. POPIN 2007 taxes filed (thank you Lord!!)

2. Awesome mention on the fabulous Jennifer Paganelli's blog, Sis Boom

3. Marriage proposal to Jamie from random stranger that walked by the shop (who swore that he would become a millionare if she would leave her husband for him, oh yeah he was about 20 years old and thought she was 23!!)

4. Wendy gets called "Hey Sexy" by a random bum on the sidewalk

5. Restocked on Wee Blockers, call us to reserve yours today!!

If you want something, go straight to the top!!

One of our goals at market this past weekend was to pick up a much requested line of layette for our store called Kissy Kissy. Mission Accomplished! Of course we at POPIN don't just go and meet with a sales rep to buy into the line, nope, we went straight to the OWNER OF THE COMPANY! We met with Luis (see him here with Wendy...) and he was so excited about our store and couldn't wait to get us as much Kissy Kissy as we could handle. If you're one of the two people in the world unfamiliar with Kissy Kissy, is it the sweetest, softest layette line around. 100% Pima cotton, handmade in Peru (where Luis and his wife visit at least once a month to oversee operations) According to Luis, Kissy Kissy is the nickname that he and his wife called their grandson, so when they started their company it was a natural fit... cute grandson/cute brainer. We will let you guys know when we get our first shipment in, from the sounds of it it is going to go fast!

Our trip to market was so successful! You guys are just gonna flip when you see all of the cute fall clothing we ordered...unfortunately we will have to wait until at least August....but I'll just say it will be worth the wait!!

Wendy and I did have fun in Atlanta despite the small window that we had while we were there to even breathe... here is something that made us laugh on the way to our hotel (what's in your backyard?...)
And a pic of our hotel seemed to us that they knew the POPIN girls would be there...our logo being a poppy and the only art hanging on the walls being a big poppy. (this was the case on our last market trip too, completely different hotel, I wish I would've snapped a pic....the coincidence is just overwhelming)

Glad to be back, we always miss you guys when we're gone! ~J

Friday, January 25, 2008

Off we go...back to market

The fun/crazy/exhausting part of keeping a store that carries gifts, furnishings, and clothing is the amount of times you have to go to Market on buying trips. Wendy & I just got back from Atlanta two weeks ago and we're headed back up this weekend, we drive each time (the 5 hour car ride gives us plenty of time to plan our infamous "next floor move") This weekend we will be there picking out the clothing our store will get in in the Fall of this hard to think about since we are just starting to get in all of our cute Spring lines now!!! Ann will be working at the store on Saturday so come in and say hi (for those of you that don't know her yet, she's awesome, oh yeah...she's also our Mom!) ~J

Rock on!

At POPIN we have two distinct customer types. Being in the South, it is inevitable that we will have the very Traditional Moms who love smocking and monograms more than life itself... and then we have the Funky moms that wouldn't touch pastel gingham with a ten foot pole. These T's and onesies are for the latter and I must say... they totally ROCK! ~J

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Bring on the Spring Showers!

We are ready to splash around in the rain that is looming around Florida now, we just received our shipment of swanky Mary Jane rainboots! We carry the white/black style and have toddler sizes 6-11 (man do I wish I could get a ladies 8.5!!)
It's been another crazy day of shipments at POPIN, Wendy has been working hard to update our website - sorry to all of you who were wondering what happened - she had to take it down for a week to work on it! We are trying desperately to keep things up to date on the site so keep checking for all of our fun new items coming in... if you see something you or your little one simply can not live without just give us a call 904-886-3947 and we'll ship ASAP! ~J

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Something for everyone, even me!

I know it's been awhile since I've given any updates on the Walker family expansion plan...Brian and I are seriously considering adoption/foster parenting right now. It might be a long road ahead but you could imagine how excited I was when we got in these super cute baby books especially for Adopted babies. Each page makes it easy for the adopted parents to keep records that are special to their situation. It's nice to know that there is something for people like me! I'll keep you guys posted if/when we know anything but for now, if you would, just keep us in your prayers.
If you like the look of these albums we also have the traditional albums (they look the same on the outside, just different pages inside) in both pink and blue. They are 10"x11.5" (a nice substantial size) and cost just $40, call or email if you would like me to hold one for you ~J

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Look away fire marshall!!!

We got back from market only a week ago but already the shipments have been rolling in!!! Our UPS guy is constantly giving us dirty looks and threatening to disown us if we keep this madness up. Wendy and I spent all day today unloading boxes and trying to tag and display this fun new is so crazy around here but cuteness is out of control!!!! Lots of new clothing... finally some newborn sizes...the cutest shoes ever should be here this week....stay tuned! ~J

Thursday, January 17, 2008

bring on the paint

The Wall before:
The Wall After Tricia worked her magic:She did this in a day and a half!!! You have to come in to see the detail...including glitter. She is amazing and so reasonably priced. If you would like to set up an appointment with Tricia to paint your dream room (doesn't have to be a kid's room either), contact her at 904-612-9688.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fun, Fun, Fun

We just got back from a whirlwind of a trip to Market to find great new goodies for the store and I think it was the best trip yet. We are so excited about all of the new things we found that will be arriving at the store in the weeks to come. One of POPIN's goals is to bring you the most unique products out there. I never understood a store owner who checks out what the other stores have just to copy them. When I go shopping, I want to go into a store who has their own style, not just one copied from another store. One item that has already arrived that we are so happy to have found (and be the only ones in Jacksonville to carry) are the Pregnancy Planners for the sophisticated new Mom! Check out these prints:They have a place for all of the important information inside: a section for your Dr. Appointments, Calenders, Pediatrician information, checklists and labor & delivery.
Also, another new item we have is the Wrap N Wear slings. What separates these slings from the other ones out there is that these slings 1) can be worn 12 different ways, including front, side and back 2) it comes with a DVD that shows you each way to wear your sling (and they show you using a real baby). This was really important to us because we have heard from Mom's that they were scared to try some of the slings out there because they weren't sure how to use them. If you want to check it out, we have the DVD playing in the store. They come in a variety of colors and can be monogrammed!
Valentines is quickly approaching and we have some special gifts that would be perfect for your little ones (or great for Teachers too).
Last, our new Spring clothing is arriving everyday. We started putting it on the floor yesterday and we are loving all of the spring colors! Stay tuned for pictures of a beautiful mural that is being painted in the store today...