Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Fourth of July Celebration

This week the new Fourth of July Celebration Made in the USA Special Sale is on all Billy Jo Homewares items. The Billy Jo Homewares items include the Ladybug Kitchen Sink Strainer, Ladybug Kitchen Sink Stopper, Ladybug Strainer Gift Set, Ladybug Strainer and Stopper Gift Set and Ladybug Kitchen Magnet. Now through June 29th take advantage of these discounted prices! Billy Jo Homewares was started in 1996 and specializes in making quality and fun products in the USA. Other Ladybug Gifts Made in the USA include Ladybug Art for your Car, Tagasaurus Ladybug Leather Luggage Tag, all items by Palmetto Cat Designs including the Ladybug Luggage Tag, Ladybug Wall Clock, Ladybug Teapot Clock and Ladybug Magnetic Bookmarks.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Fourth of July Celebration

Fourth of July is only a few weeks away! To celebrate the Fourth of July LadyBug Shop is offering wonderful weekly specials. Each weekly special will be on ladybug items made in the United States. From June 16 through June 22 the Special Sale will be on Ladybug Jewelry by Kelly Colleen. Kelly Colleen Torres is an artist located in New Orleans, Louisiana. What began as a hobby for Kelly has now turned into a booming business. Visit Kelly Colleen's website,, to view her entire collection of jewelry. All of the handmade ladybug jewelry she makes is made especially for the LadyBug Shop. Some of our favorites are the Ladybug Key Chain, Ladybug Ring and Ladybug Drop Necklace. Be sure to take advantage of each of these wonderful specials each week!
Other Ladybug Items made in the United States include items by Paper Scissors Rock, Ladybug Tea Towel, Ladybug Apron, Ladybug Wine Bag, Embroidered Ladybug Pillows and more! Check back next week to view the Ladybug Special for June 23 through June 29.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Prospering on Mainstreet

We live and work in the historic downtown section of Milford, Delaware. And for the past fifteen years we have been active in the non-profit redevelopment group Downtown Milford, Inc. (Check out the group's website at Recently the group became a certified member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's MainStreet Program. (To learn more about the Main Street program visit the website Milford is one of eight cities in Delaware having such a Main Street programs. One of the advantages of participating in the MainStreet Program is that members receive a lot of good technical assistance. Recently the National Trust Main Street Center launched a monthly "webinar" series by means of which they are providing Main Street expertise right to your personal computer. The first webinar was on May 21 and focused on "Financing Business Expansion and Development". (Sorry, but access to these webinars are restricted to Main Street Network Members only.) One of the key points made in this presentation was the importance for businesses located in downtowns to continually work to develop additional new sources of revenue—for example by adding new product lines, marketing to other businesses, expanding into new locations, finding new ways to reach customers, etc. For me what was particularly interesting was the discussion on how the Internet can help a business expand. As readers of my previous blogs know, the LadyBug Shop was founded on the premise that the way to prosper in a small downtown without a lot of foot traffic was to sell both in the store and via the Internet. It seems so obvious! Yet in this webinar it was stated that only about a quarter of downtown businesses have any presence on the Internet. They listed a number of reasons why businesses have been slow in using the Internet and provided some suggestions on how to overcome these obstacles. One specific hurdle for many business owners was the challenge of building and operating a website. The webinar suggested that a good way to test the waters was to first try sales through,, and other online storefronts. Another approach is offered by a new company,, which provides a quick and easy way for businesses to get a basic online storefront up and operating at low cost. For the last three years our in-shop sales have grown at an average of 29% per year. But our Internet sales have grown at an average rate of 85% per year—and now represent 70% of our sales. While the bulk of our revenue now comes from Internet sales, we highly value being part of a downtown business community. This is how we got involved in Milford's annual Bug & Bud Festival--and why Rhonda and I have lead the opening parade each year. This April we were joined by our granddaughters Madison (her third parade) and Jordan (her first). You can't be in parade on the Internet!

Fun Ladybug Game