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What I’ve Learned: Diane Harris

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Retailers tend to feel that if it’s working, why change
it? So, you will always see the same designers in the exact
same spots in the store. I have learned that when the same
food is on the menu, boredom sets in. Every visit to my store
is a different experience with a dose of familiarity. I like to
challenge my customers’ senses. You walk in the door and
it feels like home and then you turn around and “pow!” I
hear this a lot: “What’s different?” “Has the store always
been this color?” I am all about evolving. I tweak my décor
by adding a new chair or display case. The store’s signature
scent is different each visit. I add new designers monthly.
The packaging changes twice a year. I want people to come
in because they know it will be a visit filled with discovery. It
takes more work to keep the “fresh factor” up but I live for
the chance to go to shows and discover the next new thing. — Diane Harris, My House of Style, Birmingham, MI

This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of INSTORE.

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What I’ve Learned: Diane Harris

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Retailers tend to feel that if it’s working, why change
it? So, you will always see the same designers in the exact
same spots in the store. I have learned that when the same
food is on the menu, boredom sets in. Every visit to my store
is a different experience with a dose of familiarity. I like to
challenge my customers’ senses. You walk in the door and
it feels like home and then you turn around and “pow!” I
hear this a lot: “What’s different?” “Has the store always
been this color?” I am all about evolving. I tweak my décor
by adding a new chair or display case. The store’s signature
scent is different each visit. I add new designers monthly.
The packaging changes twice a year. I want people to come
in because they know it will be a visit filled with discovery. It
takes more work to keep the “fresh factor” up but I live for
the chance to go to shows and discover the next new thing. — Diane Harris, My House of Style, Birmingham, MI

This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of INSTORE.

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Thinking of Liquidating? Wilkerson’s Got You Covered

Bil Holehan, the manager of Julianna’s Fine Jewelry in Corte Madera, Calif., decided to go on to the next chapter of his life when the store’s owner and namesake told him she was set to retire. Before they left, Holehan says they decided to liquidate some of the store’s aging inventory. They chose Wilkerson for the sale. Why? “Friends had done their sales with Wilkerson and they were very satisfied,” says Holehan. He’d enthusiastically recommend Wilkerson to anyone looking to stage a liquidation or going-out-of-business sale. “There were no surprises,” he says. “They were very professional in their assessment of our store, what we could expect from the sale and they were very detailed in their projections. They were pretty much on the money.”

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