Friday, January 30, 2015

Fantastic Friday -


This is going to be easy - mention this blog post in the note section of your order and (today only) we'll give you 35% Off your entire order, not including shipping. All discounts will be giving in the shop at the point of sale.


Which brings me to a good point. We have just recently had a few issues with discounts on orders. On ALL of our posts - either here, on Facebook or in our Newsletter, we state that ALL discounts will be taken in the store at the point of sale. Our website, unfortunately doesn't allow us to set up savings to our customers. It also doesn't charge your credit card until the point of sale in the shop. This is where we try to get around the archaic systems of our website. Once we create your sale in the shop - THAT - is where we place the discounts offered. The reasoning behind asking you to post a certain message in the note section is so that we're able to track where you saw the discount and how best to reach the masses.


We hope that this helps. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO check out our website - www.ladybug-shop.com - remember to mention this post and receive your 35% OFF


Be lucky and Well.


Christopher and David

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Trivia Thursday




The LadyBug Shop (LBS) began as a “Click and Mortar” business, started by Dan and Rhonda Bond, For 9 years they have successfully built the LadyBug Shop into a respected and unique shop in Milford, DE.

The LBS has a great history in Milford and is genuinely bound to the city.  It is tied into the town’s history—after all, it was a second grade class at a local school that had come up with the idea of having a state bug and had petitioned the State Legislature to act on this back in 1973.

In 2012 we, Christopher and David, began working with Rhonda in preparation to take the reigns of the LBS. We have since learned all about the shop – its customers and how we hope best to serve them. As we began to move forward in 2013, we were excited about bringing in new product lines, giving the inside of the LBS a face lift, and expanding our reach out into the community and online. Unfortunately, and after some hard soul searching, we had to close the retail aspect of the LadyBug Shop.

It is 2014 now and we have moved out of the Delaware area and starting a new journey in Madeira Beach, FL!  Still focusing our efforts toward the ONLINE portion of our business, we have found a NEW retail space and we are open for business once again. It is still our hope to be more involved throughout this new community and with state and national organizations, inviting them and those throughout the world to visit our online store and come visit us in Madeira Beach, FL!

We are interested, and looking forward to hearing from you about what you’d like to see here online and in the new LadyBug Shop & Turtle Treasures - thereby creating the most positive shopping experience we can offer YOU.



A ladybug's bright colors warn predators to stay away.
Like many other insects, ladybugs use aposematic coloration to signal their toxicity to would-be predators. Insect-eating birds and other animals learn to avoid meals that come in red and black, and are more likely to steer clear of a ladybug lunch.


Thank you for your past loyalty and to show our appreciation we would like to offer you an additional 10% off your already discounted purchase. Just type the word Blog in the note section of your order and we’ll handle the rest. All discounts will be taken in the store at the point of sale.

Thank you again and be lucky.



Christopher and David

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Hello Everyone –

 

Last weekend we took a road trip to Sarasota – it was about an hour away. Our intent was to see the city – visit some shops and get some ideas. And boy did we !!! We found a few shops that we decided to emulate. By doing this it would mean that we would have to bring in some local artists, increase the quality of our product lines and fine some new inventory that would help take us to the next level. Unfortunately or Fortunately – however you want to look at it, we’re going to have to decrease the inventory we have now so that – 1. we’re able to utilize our valuable retail space 2. turn our shop into something more then a “kids shop” 3. attract a high clientele.

 

Yes, it is wonderful when people walk into the shop and say “What a cute shop” or “you have such cute things” but it hit home when we had a customer come in and say “Oh – you’re a kids shop”. Out goal was, and is still, to be a gift store that carries items for the Garden, the Home, Jewelry, and items for Adults and for Children.  It made us take a look at the product lines that we have and the length of time that they’ve been hanging around. So – we took out our BIG RED MARKER and started to pick and chose which vendors could stay and which ones had to go. If you look on our website you’ll find that we’ve slashed prices on 10 different product lines and plan to discontinue the lines all together. YES, we’ll still have items for Children, just not so much. AND, hopefully some better items, ones that will give the shop a NEW and FRESH LOOK.

 

So Ladybug, Turtle and Frog lovers – stay tuned !!! New things are coming.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

GRAND OPENING !!

GRAND OPENING
AUG 1 - 2 AND 3RD


Hello Everyone,


YES !! We're finally able to tell you that our GRAND OPENING is Aug 1, 2, and 3rd. We're taking the weekend by storm, with Hot Dogs, Beverages, Prizes and Fantastic Sales. If you're in the area, stop by - if you're looking online - keep your eye out for some great sales.


And speaking of sales - we've decided to try something new - we're going to offer different sales for different areas of advertisement - this way we'll be able to find out where all of our sales are coming from and really concentrate of bringing the other areas up and increasing the sales for those that are seriously interested. Having said that - please pay special attention to the wording and the need to place your code words in the "note section" of your order. AND - if you're having trouble you're always able to give us a call and we'll help you over the phone (727.914.3990).


Also - it is important that you read the entry ad and the details/requirements that go with. For example - we recently offered free shipping on all orders over $65 - we had only one requirement - your order had to reach $65 before the shipping costs and after all discounts had been placed. So a little math may be necessary on your part people. =) But for FREE SHIPPING - it was worth it.


Just one more note - because Florida has sales tax and Delaware does not - you'll soon see that sales tax will be added to your orders online and over the phone. Sorry - but you know that line about dying and paying taxes. =) It didn't start here so don't shoot the messenger !!


Thanks again for all of your support - and encouragement with this move. The transition wasn't as flawless as we'd hoped but we're back on track and now better than ever.


Be lucky and well,


Christopher and David


As always - mention this blog and we'll give you an extra 10% off your entire order - not including shipping but on top of any other discount.



Thursday, May 29, 2014

Subscribe or Unsubscribe - plus and update !

Hello Everyone - just a few house keeping items. We're again trying to clean up our mailing list. If you're no longer interested in receiving emails from us - PLEASE UNSUBSCRIBE - if you know of anyone who is as interested in ladybugs, turtles and frogs as you - Please mention our website, newsletter and blog to them.


As you know - we just started working on the new shop space, checkout our facebook and twitter pages for photos. Things are looking like we'll be able to open soon. And it will no doubt be a work in progress, but finished enough to open.


Below are some educational facts about ladybugs that we found online. Read and enjoy.


As always, mention this blog and its contents and we'll give you 10% off your next  purchase, this is addition to any items already on sale. This does not however include shipping costs.


Hope to hear from you soon!


Be lucky,


Christopher and David


Identifying Features
Appearance (Morphology)
  • Adult oval, convex and brightly colored.
  • Head is small and turned downward.
  • Nearly hemispherical in shape, like 1/2 of a pea.
  • Short legs .
  • The convergent Ladybug has 6 black spots on each wing.
Immatures (different stages)
Eggs are yellow and laid in small clusters often stuck to leaves. The eggs hatch after one week. The larvae have six legs and are very mobile, but do not have wings. They are black with small orange or white markings. The larvae molt three times before pupating. Attached to leaves, stems or rocks, the pupa is orange and black. Before the wings harden, the newly emerged adult is yellow.
Natural History Food
Both beetle larvae and adults are active predators eating only aphids and other plant eating insects, such as scales and mites. Habitat
Both adults and larvae live on plants frequented by aphids, including roses, oleander, milkweed and broccoli. In the winter, the adults hibernate in large groups, often in mountains at high elevations. The female beetle lays eggs only where she knows aphids are present. Predators
Larvae are eaten by lacewing larvae. Birds attempt to eat adults but because of their "bad taste" the beetles are not ingested. Interesting Behaviors
As a defense, ladybug adults will fall to the ground and "play dead." They also can secrete an amber bad tasting fluid from the joints in their legs. Impact on the Ecosystem Positive
Larval stage consumes large numbers of aphids. Adults also eat aphids. Negative
Two injurious agricultural species are the squash beetle and the Mexican bean beetle which eat plants instead of other insects. Collecting Live Insects Where to find
In the spring, ladybird beetles and larvae are common on any plant with aphids or scale insects. Home vegetable and flower gardens that are organic or where no insecticides have been used may be a good place to look. Adults and larvae can be purchased from: Carolina Biological Supply Company, ARBICO, Science Kit and Boreal Laboratories, Ward's Biology. How to collect
Use old pill bottles or small containers to gather the beetles or larvae. Hold the container below the insect and tap it into the container. If necessary, use an insect net to guard against the adults flying away. You can try to catch them as they fly away or swing the net by the plant to capture the insect. This method will rip leaves off the plant. Place a piece of paper towel or a leaf in the container for transport to give them something to hold on to. Also, leaves with aphids can be collected so that predation can be observed later.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

GREAT NEWS - A New Store for the Ladybug Shop !


HOW THE LADYBUG GOT ITS NAME:

Legends vary about how the Ladybug came to be named, but the most common (and enduring) is this:   In Europe, during the Middle Ages, swarms of insects were destroying the crops.  The farmers prayed to the Virgin Mary for help.  Soon thereafter the Ladybugs came, devouring the plant-destroying pests and saving the crops!  The farmers called these beautiful insects "The Beetles of Our Lady", and - over time - they eventually became popularly known as "Lady Beetles".  The red wings were said to represent the Virgin's cloak and the black spots were symbolic of both her joys and her sorrows.

GREAT NEWS !! This morning we signed a lease on a new store location here in Madeira Beach, FL. Luckily it’s about 6 blocks away on Gulf Blvd – so within walking distance. There is some work to be done to the place and we have to Ladybug and Turtle it up, not to mention David and Christopher it up, but we hope to open as early as June 16th, but will obviously keep you posted.

In our new space we found an informational flyer about the Virgin Mary. Which is why we opened with the story that connects the Ladybug and the Virgin Mary together. Big smiles, we’re hoping that this is a sign and will bring us good luck and much success.  

Before and after pictures will be coming soon and most likely posted on Facebook and Twitter so check us out.

As always, mention this blog and it’s contents in the note section of your order and we’ll give you an additional 10% off your entire order (not including shipping).

Be lucky,

Christopher and David

Fun Ladybug Game