Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Back to Basics and Fundamentals


 


Hello Everyone –

Well the Ladybug Shop is in transition. We gave the shop on Madeira Way a good try, but the customers just weren’t there. The walk-in traffic was fantastic – the buyers not so much. AND – our landlord played a little “I’m going to raise your rent $200’s” game with us – soooooooo – we’ve decided that the Ladybug Shop needs to just rely on its online customers for a while. It’s best all around – and you have to come to a point when you say to yourself, “this just isn’t working” and pull back for a bit. Not forever – just a bit. Besides - $200 extra a month is a big sticker to meet.  So we’ll be concentrating on getting back to basics and fundamentals online – really focusing on Facebook – Twitter and Linkedin. Trying to upgrade the website – be more consistent with the blogs and newsletters.  And develop the relationships we have there and hopefully build new.


Speaking of getting back to basics – we also have decided that, as much as we enjoy the frogs and butterflies – they just didn’t do as well as we’d hoped. Which means that we’re marking them all down and will now only be offering ladybug and turtle items on our website. Make sure you visit www.ladybug-shop.com to check out the items that we’re discontinuing.


Now – with these new changes we’ll be able to really focus on fulfilling some of the goals that we placed on ourselves at the first of the year. We wanted to create some specific art for the shop as well as write a book series and we wanted to upgrade the website – possibly creating an app. We’ve been so busy chasing our tails that we haven’t had time to even start those projects. The hope is that now that we’ve downsized – the time and inspiration will come. Wish us luck. =)

Well – that’s all for now. We hope that you’re all well !

Christopher and David

As always – if you mention this blog post in the note section of your order we’ll give you an additional 10% off your purchase – not including shipping yet on top of any other discount.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mardi Gras - It's Fat Tuesday - Enjoy !

We were just down by the water last night - enjoying a couple of glasses of wine, watching the sun go down and just enjoying talking about nothing really important. We did however mention how much we really love it down here in Madeira Beach. How moving from Milford, DE, no matter how much we enjoyed it there, love the people and miss them; this place is still better. The store has so many more customers then it did in Milford. We feel like it had just ran it's course there. So - moving was a good choice, both personally and professionally. Now all we need is for this crazy season that we keep hearing about to start. lol - wish us luck =)

Remember the Sale Offer

We're just going to get right to it - the secret code for this weeks additional discount is "Lucky". Type the word Lucky in the note section of your order and we'll give you an additional 10% Off your purchase. If you've been sent here via the newsletter you know that you'll get a total of 30% Off your entire purchase - AND now the even better news - Mention the word "Shipping" and we'll give you your normal shipping costs for free.

Take note that ALL discounts and shipping adjustments will be taken in the shop at the point of sale.

So - Your note section should read -

Newsletter - Lucky - Shipping

Feel free to cut and paste this message.

Also be aware - that the free shipping is for normal USPS shipping only. Any additional shipping costs will be on you.

Thanks and enjoy Mardi Gras !!!

Christopher and David


Read more: http://ladybugshop.blogspot.com/2015/02/mardi-gra.html#ixzz3S13GEejP

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ladybug Shop and overseas PayPal customers

Hello Everyone -


Tough call - we have been happy to use PayPal - and we will continue - just please be aware that we can no longer allow customers outside the US to utilize this service. Unfortunately we are unable to charge the Florida State Tax - or any additional shipping costs. Which means that many times, we're actually losing money by shipping you your items. Depending on the amount for orders here in the US we are typically able to justify the order, but there have been times that additional funds have needed to be charged.


Our website is safe and you're able to use your credit cards to make a purchase. As you know, our website doesn't charge your card - we do that in the shop at the point of sale. Making it a totally safe site.


Thank you in advance for your understanding and continued loyalty.


Be safe and well,


Christopher and David

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Touch and Go Tuesday

Hey Everyone -


As you know - hopefully by our website at www.ladybug-shop.com - we are closed on Sunday and Monday. Which means that Tuesday's are more of a catch up situation here at the Ladybug Shop then just a normal day. The good news is that we're finally getting a grasp of the routine here in Florida and really enjoying it. As for the Ladybug Shop - well - she has received some nice comments - saying that the shop is cute - the items sweet and many customers have returned. SOOOOO SUCCESS. Now we just need to keep it going.


Recently we've had some local artists bring in their relatable pieces so that we can help to sell them. Check out our website for some new items by Lourdes Rosas-Rosdall - Beth Kauffman - Victoria Tuller - Susan Delany and of course our AWESOME friend Rene Hughes. David is also working on some things that will be able to be placed in the shop as well. We are hoping for a couple more - just waiting for the artists to come in. So keep a look out. ALL GOOD NEWS!!


We hope that you all have a GREAT day.


Christopher and David


And as always - catch the bug and go to our website and receive an extra 10% off your purchase - just mention this blog in the note section of your order and we'll make the adjustments in the Ladybug Shop. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at lbsandtt@gmail.com










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

Fun Ladybug Game