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Tuesday, October 20, 2009
-Tracy and Marie
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
You can google it and find tons of articles, but here is what I've summed it up as..
-You are using scraps of leftover denim that would otherwise be sent to the landfills.
-It has a better ability to preserve your air temperature than fiberglass - this is due mainly to the fact that the less dense a material is, the better ability for atoms to move around, thus harder for them to transfer the energy. The more dense a material, the easier it will transfer energy because the atoms are so close together.. this is partly why the denim insulator will help the life of your dollar for heating and cooling -denim is a fairly loose weave.
-It uses much less energy to produce than standard fiber glass
-It has impressive acoustic abilities, and is known to block out much more sound than other methods
-It's not made with formaldehyde, is anti mold growing, and doesn't cause itching when installing.
-So far the only downside I've discovered is the cost. It's 30% more than fiberglass. However, in 2006 it was 50% more, so with increasing demand, hopefully we will continue to see a lower cost trend!
Now if all else fails in reasoning for why to use recycled denim as insulation, with an endorser like Adrian Grenier...need I say more? ; )
By Tracy Kinnaman
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Some things I have noted:
Every store, restaurant, or place you can purchase something, has little tiny plastic bags for your purchase if your item is small. I have seen that in... I don't know one or two stores around in the states. Instead of putting your to- go food or shampoo & soap in a huge bag, allowing it to swim in the surrounding unnecessary plastic, it cuts the plastic down 75% by using a bag relevant to the size of your purchase. This is not rocket science, why don't more of our stores have this system? I wonder how many people actually recycle their plastic bags? I have read that an estimated less than 1% get recycled. Sometimes I re-use mine for trash bags, but I feel bad doing that even because I know the plastic will take so long to decompose in the land fill.
How long you ask? Well the word on the street is 500 years for a plastic bag in a landfill to decompose. This is debatable, but here is a good unbiased source for your reading pleasure:
On the same note: How many times in the past have you ever stepped in the trash can to squash the trash down and make room for more? I know I've done it many times in my life, and seen my dad do it while I was growing up. Well I've noticed here, guys go around with this squashing device and push the trash in deeper, allowing a longer life span to the trash bag, and using less plastic in the long run. Simple enough. It's funny that we do so much saving in our own homes, but out in public, in our work places, and on the streets, we don't seem to care as much about the processes going on.
I love how there are recycle cans next to trash cans, not only for bottles and aluminum, but for paper as well.
They have wonderful mass transit, but for obvious reasons that is not quite as simple to implement in our home city...
Oh and my favorite move towards sustainable living I've noted? Some restaurants offer a discount if you bring your own Tupperware for to-go orders. Marvelous. I can't tell you how many times we are looked at like we are crazy for asking our food be put in a tupper ware instead of Styrofoam. The worst thing that happens is they use the Styrofoam to measure the food, transfer it into our containter, and then toss the used Styrofoam in the trash. I've heard it takes 50 years for that Styrofoam to break down in a landfill.
So my question is, Why not these easy changes? When will we make the shift to thinking it's not dorky to bring a Tupperware in to a restaurant? When will enough people start using the train so that it adds more times and becomes more affordable? I suppose it starts with me, and you. And I know it's easier said than done.
By: Tracy Kinnaman
Thursday, January 1, 2009
We truly hope you and yours are doing well and surviving the economic "crisis" as best as can be. We hope you have your home, your health, your job, a warm coat, and food on the table.
At Home on Main Street is looking forward to 2009, with lots of worried anticipation, curious what may become of the retail landscape in our country and in our own town. Like many, we had a very dismal 2008 holiday season - our worst since being open (our 6th holiday in downtown Fallbrook). We'd like to be around for Holiday 2009, but honestly, it will take some doing. That is why your feedback is so important to us right now.
So much news in the last couple of months has revolved around shopping. I just finished reading the North County Times. The headline in the business section reads: "Post-Holiday fallout begins" and goes on to say that the fallout from the "horrific holiday season for retailers has begun." Experts are predicting that we'll see many, many more store closings -the most in 35 years!
As a retailer wondering what the future will bring, here are our questions for you as we head into 2009.
Do you think a store like At Home on Main Street will be a place you will want to visit for gifts and items for yourself and your home? What needs and wants will be on your shopping list? Gifts? Clothes? Linens for bed and bath? Organic body care? Or, if it's simply too early to tell what 2009 will bring in terms of your needs, let us know down the road...we will be listening.
Also we'd like to know if you feel earth-friendly products will figure more, or less into your plans for purchasing in the years to come. Does it matter to you? We know that our changes, made over the summer and into the fall, surprised many of our customers. Some of you have mentioned that you liked the store better before the change. Many more of you have been very pleased and like it a lot more now. We appreciate all honest responses so we can gauge how we are doing.
It's difficult to know for sure what contributed the most to our low holiday sales figures- the new earth-friendly theme, or the economy. We think that it was a bit of both. The fact is that before our summer clearance sale we had too much inventory and not enough traffic in Fallbrook to sustain the purchasing habits we had developed over five years. Something had to change.
When we reopened in September, we felt really good about our decision and continued interest in knowing as much as possible about our products: Who makes the items we select for you? Where are the products manufactured? Do they pay a fair wage? Are they safe for the consumer and the environment? Stuff like that. We noticed over the years that customers began to really care about these things we had been heading in this direction for several years anyway...so we made it our full commitment. We freshened up the store and began restocking for our September reopening. Ed Begley, Jr. came down from LA to join in the fun, he was a great guest and we had a wonderful day debuting the new look and merchandise. We were off to a great new start!
Then it all began to crumble. The depressing economic news began early in the fall and we could tell something serious was brewing and we had to be cautious with purchasing. We poured over the catalogs we had collected on our summer buying trips, trying to decide what we wanted to purchase for the holiday's. Sales were slumping ... and each day as we looked at the catalogs again and again -- the news just kept on getting worse. Regardless of the countless new products we had found, we decided to play it safe and did not overstock the store. This was upsetting for many of you since we did not have the same selection of gifts that we've had in previous holiday seasons. One good outcome is we are not overstocked with merchandise that didn't sell for the holiday.
Into the future - Did we ever think we'd be selling clothing when we opened At Home on Main Street? Not at all! It happened gradually and soon became our best selling category. So, we have given it more space and built a proper dressing room (a big hit and must see!). We need to stock what sells, so clothing is staying, but don't worry, we're not planning on becoming a clothing only store.
We LOVE to go on buying trips to seek out the beautiful, useful and functional items that you want and expect from us. As the winter buying season begins, we'll be looking at the products with the same eye we are know for and making plans for what we can order when we can spend again. With the economic climate as it stands now we do have to be more careful. We hope that makes sense to you. We are in survival mode now. We will restock your favorite candles and some new bamboo clothing in January, and when we can, we will slowly start restocking with other great merchandise.
So be sure to tell us what you would like to see in the store!
Everyone knows that good customer service is one of the only things a small store can do to compete with the big boxes. Hours of operation are important. We'd really like to be open 7 days a week (as we were for many years) but after giving it a lot of serious consideration (we hope you'll understand) one of our cost cutting measures will be reducing the hours we are open. At Home on Main Street will be closed on Sunday & Monday. We will also close one hour earlier. Our new hours will be from 10 - 5 Tues. - Sat. We hope that it's only temporary. We will make it up to you with great customer service in other areas!
We want to get the workshop area going again for the winter. No better time to learn something new! If you want to take a class let us know your interests and if you've always wanted to teach something, let us know.
And now for the winter blahs...When the holiday decorations come down and the tree is gone, it is a good time to rearrange the furniture for the winter. Create cozy groupings closer to the fireplace if you have one. Pull the furniture away from the walls and into the room. Use throws liberally to create warmth for every seat in the room. If you like curling up with a cup of tea and a good book, be sure you have a table, a reading light and a warm throw! Three lamps in a room should be the minimum -- and don't forget to change out the bulbs with energy saving bulbs when they burn out!
Stop in and say "Hi" no pressure to purchase. Let's just keep in touch!Have a very safe and happy New Year.
Marie, Tracy, Brian & Paz
By Marie Kinnaman
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
A lot of people's lives are going to change in 2009. People who have been holding on to things dear to them are going to have to let go. And some other people will prosper. And us? I guess it remains to be seen.
We are open tomorrow and I wonder how many people are putting off their shopping as I am? Tonight I actually need to get some last minute things on my list.
I hope everyone have a wonderful time with friends and family. My dad will be in Connecticut, Brian and Paz up at her family's, and my mom and I are pondering the idea of a movie theater double feature and pizza. An old tradition : )
By: Tracy Kinnaman
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Well we definitely have expanded on the area. Did you know when we opened we had no clothing at all? It all started with the Dreamsacks line of bamboo apparel. They had scrumptiously soft nightgowns and lounge wear and we added it into the "At Home Wear" mix.
Well years later, clothing outsells everything else in the store 7 to 1. So we just keep supplementing the demand.
We have some really cute organic cotton, some upscale sexy bamboo outfits, and the basic cozy clothing. But honestly, I have the perfect gift for you if you don't know what to get someone. My hands down, default gift of choice to give when the occasion arises, is a bamboo nightgown or robe. IT HAS NEVER FAILED ME!
Anytime I need to recommend a gift now, that's what I recommend. When I've given friends the bamboo they always call me and say "I want to buy some more of that for my mom and my sister" or things of that nature.
Come in tomorrow from 4p-6p for 40% off apparel, or call us on the phone if you can't make it, and we will wrap up some bamboo joy for the perfect gift. I don't care how cheesy I sound, the stuff is brilliant. If bamboo isn't your thing, we have lots of other wonderful clothing lines for men and women.
Sew Eco Chic is our line of clothing that is made from reconstructing cast away apparel into new and different one of a kind pieces. You can read more about it here .
See you soon!
By Tracy Kinnaman
Friday, December 12, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tonight is Customer Appreciation Night. I am anxious to see if there might be that exciting holiday bustle I wish our downtown had! Last year there was a huge storm and the rain had been falling so hard that there was a giant river in front of the store!!! It was exciting, that's for sure.
You know what else is exciting? I am going to Hawaii. Kauai to be exact. Someone broke my heart this week, and everyone else told me to go on a trip. I have friends and family there so why not? They say it's a romantic place, but I'm doubtful I'll run into too many happy honeymooners since I don't have to stay in a hotel. I'm going to rent a car and be able to go exploring if my friends are working.
Anyone have any recommendations on what to do?
See you all when I get home : )
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
I am diggin on this weather today! Some rain will be so appreciated, maybe I'll go stand in it like I'm not so afraid of it.
It's as if I want it to come so bad and then I avoid it all costs, running to and from my car without an umbrella, in true so cal style, shreaking and covering my hair.
Enjoy the clouds while they are here... : )
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
My senses are confused. Part of me wants winter, scarves, chai lattes, and happy toasts to the new year ahead. And part of me yearns for the Summer days when I can lay on the beach, drink iced coffees, and stay out in the water until almost 9 at night. I realize what I don't like about fall in southern ca, is the limbo and the tug of war that the weather plays with the seasons.
But maybe it's deeper than that, after all I already blogged about this...
We're in an interesting economic time. I say interesting because I'm trying to remain optimistic. What if we fail? What if we just aren't good enough to get through? The argument that only the innovative get past recessions does hold some water. But what if all the forward thinking in the world can't do what we simply want to do, which is survive?
The point of this blog, was to collect some cheer. I love everyone I meet who walks through our doors- their personalities & stories, families, fashion sense, advice (for those unfortunate enough to catch me on a slow afternoon of chit chat), and their honesty. I love the same familiar faces of great people like Jerry, the best mailman in the world, who actually even won an award for his gracious personality. I love stepping outside for some fresh air and seeing someone I know across the street whom I can wave to and smile at, often little Bella from Wee Little Sprouts frolicking around the window display of their shop. I love getting my afternoon coffee at Cafe Primo and saying hi to the ladies at Diva's on my way back, which usually results in a much longer visit than I anticipated and a purchase in hand.
So what's going on inside me? Could it be the irking suspicion that the situation our downtown faces is one that may lead me to never see another holiday season from this doorway? Attitude is everything, and as I struggle to find where mine should be, I ask for some of you to slap my hand and remind why this time of year is exciting.
Tell me - what is your FAVORITE thing about the holidays? I'd like to put it on our website, or maybe another blog entry. I think everyone gets to a point where they get frustrated in a time that is supposed to be full of cheer. It's almost predictable, just as much as fall is hotter than summer.
Please email me and tell me why you love this time of year? Reasons come to my mind of course, but I want to hear them from you, and I almost hate to say, I need to hear them from you! How lovely to collect your points of view for all to read if they get frustrated or sad or lonely or angry or impatient in the upcoming months. Or in my case, a little scared. I believe in the power of positivity and strength in numbers, and why not?
Thank you for reading my blog, as I've created this place where the traditional blockades of customer relationships can be broken down, and real feelings can prevail without judgement.
Oh and Ps, if you ARE feeling a little down n out for some reason, I'm about to open a new bar of chocolate we just got in. It's called Habana from Vosges. It's made up of organic milk chocolate and Ecuadorian plantain chips. I was obsessed with trying it, so we added it to our order and I welcome you to come in and share some with me : ) Nothing better, eh?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
No, not that kind
of happy hour!
Introducing our new
happy hour for shopping!
We're thrilled about it...
Every Wednesday from 4p-6p
A different category of our items will be 40% off. That means each week something like LINENS, CLOTHING, CANDLES, etc will be on special
You have to come in to find out what's on happy hour each week! Starts on Wed November 5th.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
5 Y E A R S !
We thought and thought about what to offer for our 5th year anniversary. What do our customers like the best? What do they buy the most of? And what would they love to see on sale to get more of if we had to pick one thing?
Friday, October 3, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
We've started becoming very picky now about pants. I understand that tall people need pants too. And I know models are tall and make the pants look good.
But they sure don't make me look good! Good for a smile though : )
Friday, September 26, 2008
It's called Organic To Go and it's a cafe featuring certifiable organic foods and such. Now why I say this is interesting, is it hits on a controversial, back of the mind subconscious type of feeling. My very first instinct was how the look of this cafe cheapened what "organic" means to me.
Well, what DOES organic mean to me, I thought. The reason I attribute classy or high quality to it is because generally it is so expensive due to it's less mainstream demand.
What we keep saying, is that eventually organic may become the expected, the norm, or the implied, and as a demand becomes greater for it, the costs will go down, and hopefully everyone can benefit from the differientiating effects of organic vs not.
So it was easy to quickly put myself in check and say "well great, more organic available to the masses, that's a GOOD thing!"
See for yourselves and see what your initial reaction was...
By Tracy Kinnaman
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
We have always been into conservation, behind the scenes as a family who recycles, and brought that into our corporate culture here at the shop. We have a complicated system for re-using paper and sytrofoam and other things that normally get tossed out.
But why not in our products as well?
We realized a ton of our inventory already fits this new philosophy, which feels great to know! Ergo soy candles (kiwi our fave!), bamboo clothing, locally made art, etc... and now we just have to raise the bar higher when we go on buying trips to find these great items.
We're going to offer some really good redesign specials from Marie for your home, and start some new redesign series, classes, and other workshops!
I'll write some more soon about this and provide you with more details, as you can imagine things are crazy around here right now! (Did I mention the 75% off sale??)
Yeah, almost everything left in the store is now 75% off except for a few select items. We will be closed from August 27th until the party on September 6th, so come in this next week for your last chance at major savings. That sounds like a horrible radio advertisement! : )
Written by Tracy Kinnaman
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Well how about all of them! The holiday savings have come early this year, as we have our Haute Holidays sale with hot summer deals.
At least 75% off all items for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas!
The sale will start tomorrow, Thursday August 7th, and last until all the items are gone.
By the way, do any of you know Ed Begley Jr?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
The rest of the family is going to the 4th of July bash at The Grand Tradition, but a beach dweller myself, I will be on the coast. Just thought I'd post this information I found on the Fallbrook event for anyone who may not have heard about it!
I hope everyone has a fun and safe celebration! If you take any good pictures on the holiday, send them my way and I can post them... firstname.lastname@example.org
By Tracy Kinnaman
Monday, June 9, 2008
Outside we will be setting up a SUPER super sale bargain cart with things ridiculously marked down, for your perusing pleasure.
Hot Summer Nights offers something different for you to do in local downtown Fallbrook. Admission is free, there is beer and wine, live music, food, and good times! I see that this particular Friday it is sports car night.
Here is a schedule of the rest of the nights:
Friday June 27 - Western Youth & Family
Friday July 11th - Hot Rods & Relics
Friday July 25 - TASTE of Fallbrook
Friday August 8 - Off Road, Race Car, Military, Classic Boat, and Open Header Event
Friday August 29 - CHILI CONTEST!!! (I'll be here for this one of course)
Does anyone you know make a mean chili? Maybe they should enter!
So I hope to see some familiar faces this Friday night and I hope you can enjoy the event! We will be open until 7:30 pm.
By Tracy Kinnaman
Check out our website www.athomeonmainstreet.com
Monday, June 2, 2008
My problem is that while we wait for our current stock of merchandise to sell (so we can begin the transformation) I keep coming up with something new to add to what we have planned.
That's why, even though you're asking, "What are you going to do?" -- we are keeping it under wraps for now to allow for all of my ideas to take shape. We feel really sure about our plans for the new merchandise mix...but the endless options for what to do with the store layout bring new possibilities on a minute by minute basis...so, while I'm "swimming" as fast as I can, thanks for your patience until we're ready to reveal the exciting new At Home on Main Street!
By Marie Kinnaman
check out our website www.athomeonmainstreet.com
Friday, May 30, 2008
The sale will go on until we decide we've cleared out enough stuff, so I still don't know how long that will be. We are so excited to reorder some new and exciting products, and if there is anything you have wanted to see in the store, let us know!
Someone was wearing an adorable purse made from (well now, you'll just have to wait and see) and I told her I had seen those recently and was considering ordering them for the shop. She exclaimed how happy she would be if we did because she has to drive so far to get them. And there it was! A good idea is born into our future purchases.
Keep em coming!
by Tracy Kinnaman
check out our website www.athomeonmainstreet.com
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Welcome to our home! Maybe many of you shop in our Fallbrook store or on our website, and maybe many of you are learning about our shop for the first time. You can read all about it on our website www.athomeonmainstreet.com
We want this blog to involve you, the reader, and issues that you want to hear about! We will talk about events coming up, sales, our favorite products and maybe even our favorite customers ; ) but more than that, we might rant or rave... we could ask you if you've tried a new restaurant in town, or see if you have an opinion on who should have won dancing with the stars.
Listed below are the members of the At Home team, a family affair...
By Tracy Kinnaman