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Creative Shop Talk with Wendy Batten

Jun 24, 2020

In today’s very special What’s Possible episode, I am chatting with retailer: Amy Cseh. She is the owner of Schoolhouse Salvage -- an architectural salvage and vintage finds warehouse in Mentor, Ohio, outside of Cleveland. 

Amy does NOT come from a retail background, and yet she has put in the effort to learn and...

Jun 23, 2020

In today’s very special What’s Possible episode, I am chatting with retailer Jeff Lee. He is the owner of The Vintage Nest Home & Gifts in the historic downtown of Mount Holly, North Carolina outside of Charlotte. 

Jeff shares the story of how he grew his retail business from an antique mall booth to a 10,000 square...

Jun 22, 2020

In today’s very special bonus episode, I am chatting with retailer: Wendy Johannes. She is the  owner of WeJo in Honesdale, Pennsylvania - a reclaim, reuse and recycle shop with furniture paint, crafts, home decor and gifts.  

She’s one of my retailers in our Inner Circle who is thriving during this pandemic. I’ve...

Jun 16, 2020

Our main job as retail business owners is to learn and get better and better. There are always going to be storms to weather and we can only strive for being prepared.

The bottom line is the retailers with core foundations are the ones who are doing exceptionally well -- and even thriving -- through these...

Jun 4, 2020

When we’re in the middle of hard times, no one wants to think about the “lessons” we are learning at the same time. It’s so much easier to look back at those events ⁠—from a safe distance⁠— and reflect on our takeaways years later.


Right now, as retailers it is tough. We are facing pandemic shutdowns...