So Today? I was cleaning up my Studio, getting it all organized and tidy? And I'd revamped this closet down there in the bowels of this old house that facilitates my art studio and I thought-'okay, it's looking rather cute, but maybe it needs a little rug tucked into the front of the closet.' And so,,,,,,Guess WHAT? We have a Rug store here in this little town! Piles and Piles and oodles and oddles of Rugs in every shape, size, style imaginable! So,,,,,Where does Shell go before she hits the grocery store? Well, duh! To THE rug store!
So,,,,I'll be posting my whole Studio thingy in a couple of days,,,,,,,Lots of Creme and Black,,,,,,and then Shell's got a whole lot of Color! (Why am I suddenly talking in the 3rd person here?) So anyway,,,,,,I have a lot of other color,,,,,,and some of my FAV's are Pink and Green..........So let's get a little Pink/Green and Creme Rug............
So,,,,getting back to the Rug shop? This Gal wanders out of this office Cubby where another gal doesn't even make eye contact with me (She's much too absorbed in her Computer Screen and can of Nuts) And I tell the gal that looks like I
A) Imposed on her taking a Mid-term
B) interrupted her Texting or Facebooking
C) my Parent's own this stupid store and I have to work here this Summe, so "get on with it."
And,,,,,,,,(Thinking back to my OLD Customer Service Day's at Nordstrom, when I was her age,,,,,)
As I was leaving, I ran into my Carpet and Floor Guy, who has the Shop next door - He's the BEST! He sells great quality products, and when he installed some Shaw Carpet and Tile in my entry last year, the service, the product and well, the whole Experience was GREAT! I'd recommend Mike Smith's Company, "Smith Interior's" to anyone! I briefly "vented" to Mike about my experience "next door."
Working at a Small shop-like Joyworks,,,,,and Living and Shopping in small shops in this little Historic Town is generally a treat! You get to know the owners, the small personnel that work in the stores, and well,,,,,STILL get the customer service and "One on One" Experience.
I guess that is what upset me AND saddened me both today. I wouldn't recommend the Rug Shop. I was made to feel inferior, unknowlegeable, and basically a pest! I had to tap on the glass window/divider that separated me from the ,,,,,,,,,ahem, "Sales Staff" to even get them to come out and help me.......But of course, I shouldn't have FOUND anything anyway,,,,,,,,,,so claimed the Salesperson.....
I'll leave their shop name out of this scenario, and will certainly let the owner know of my experience if I can. The little throw carpet I DID find and DID buy, is darling......and apparently from France. But according to the Shop help,,,,,It was "not the Trend" and she looked at me like I couldn't afford it even if I found it! I won't go back unless the owner acknowledges his employee's rudeness. And, well, Ahem,,,,,I'd even go so far to say, working in a little shop that has been successful, delightful and pleasant to shoppers for over 30 years,,,,,I may,,,,,,event be a bit "pinched" and "bothered" by the whole experience! At this point, I wouldn't promote the Shop, even if you were looking to by 100's of Carpets.........God Forbid, I may even suggest first and foremost that you check out one of the BOX Stores!
As mentioned, Snohomish Merchants, overall. ARE Customer Service oriented, friendly, helpful, and well,,,,,,,,Family! I guess that is why this whole experience bothered me so much today!
Shop Local,,,,,AND support Small Business,,,,,,Unless of course you'd prefer a Walmart in your backyard and employees that don't even know there OWN co-Worker's names, let alone YOURS~! And, I guess the lesson is- if you Don't get good service, Let the Shop owner KNOW! (Searching for an Email addy as soon as I post this!)
Shew,,,,,Thanks for letting me get that off my Rug,,,,,,errrrrr Chest! I feel MUCH Better now! And I'll feel better yet after I forward this experience to the Owner!
Hugs, Love and a Servicable "Bus"