Sunday, December 7, 2008
There is just one vendor at the Calabasas FM that has biodegradable bags; it's called Etheridge Farms and they have NICE citrus and a loyal following. They pay a few cents more they say, for the biodegradable bags, but they know it's worth it. I have a sample and am testing it in my compost.
They introduced me to the local vendor for plastic bags, and I'll have a post on that later.
The guys at Etheridge "get it" and I wanted to post on that; I asked these ladies if I could include them for a photo for the blog and they gladly complied!
The bags are colored green so you can't miss them vs a regular plastic bag.
Several years ago I was in Chicago at Neiman Marcus and found Oprah shopping next to me. Pawing through the racks like me. I asked the sales girl, discretely, uhm, is that Oprah? and she said "it's a rule" no one bothers her. Good for Chicago. I felt badly for Justin today; I know he is a celebrity, but can't he just be a regular guy, out at the farmers market with his girl????He has a skinny butt, but otherwise he's just a regular dude!
The rolling carts are finally here!!! As the French Basketeer we "of course" carry these carts; they are used all over France when there is more than one person can carry....
These are made in France by a family enterprise that is 3rd generation basketry and caning; they know their stuff...this is a high quality product.
The carts come in honey or brown/lidded. Both have the twisted wicker handle; more photos later.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Meanwhile, I have been giving out freebies to some of the nice people in my life who help me out; one of them is Monica, who takes such good care of Napoleon at the kennel. She insisted on paying me for a petite Antibes; then called me later to say one of the guys wanted to buy one for his mother, so I went back and left a few, so he could choose. A client came in to the kennel, saw the baskets, and wants to buy 50, “for Christmas.” That's what I call a Serendipity Sale.
Ironic, isn’t it, that I can’t get a Laguna retailer to even respond, when someone who sees two samples want to buy 50 of them? But then I got to thinking, maybe this is all working out OK....I have a few other things up my sleeve that I'm working on in Laguna to get the word out.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I was REALLY happy to see an article on the front page last Friday that the City is reviving talk of a plastic bag ban. It's in the City's environmental committee now. They had apparently discussed it in June but had shelved it because they felt the opposition from the bag companies would be too great. They felt there has been a "sea change" (according to the article) because of the ordinances in Santa Monica, Malibu and LA. So they're talking about it again. They are now using words like "inevitable" when talking about a ban. We already banned styrofoam here a few years ago.
The Indy covered our launch party end of May, and I really appreciated the coverage!! The article they wrote quoted a few people in town who said they "wouldn't be surprised to see a proposal soon" to ban the bag. Hey, two months is pretty soon! Bravo to the Laguna Environmental Committee for being forward thinkers!! My only regret is that the Indy used the word "trendy" for the bags as a replacement for plastic. The bags are new here but NOT trendy; and "eco" and "environmental" are not trendy. More on that later.
I will be following all the papers in town and keeping me ear to the ground on updates.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
While we're talking about the Saturday market, here is a good photo from last fall. At the market, you don't just go get "mushrooms"...there are 10 kinds of mushrooms here, all fresh, of course. It's like having Berkeley Bowl at your doorstep!
Note that all of the mushrooms are displayed in baskets.....
R took this photo btw and I have to give him credit.
Friday, June 27, 2008
There are stories to tell here, not just about starting a business, but about being environmentally conscious (and looking good while you do it!); keeping up with the rest of the world on eliminating plastic bags; aiding women in the 13th poorest country in the world...France and French influences are woven throughout the story...I'll stop there for now.
Please check back often for most posts, and above all, I hope everyone uses and enjoys their baskets!