Stay out of the doghouse this year. Valentine’s Day is coming, which means that it is time for you get into Sunworks and find those special gifts for the sweethearts in your life. One of the most interesting products in the store is a Swiss Raclette. It is perfect for romantic evenings, or fun dinner parties. We tell our customers that it is like a fondue without the oil. It’s a big flat stone grill that you put in the center of your table. You cook on the stone and grill little trays of cheese and vegetables underneath. All you have to do is prepare good quality raw vegetables, meat and cheese, and a couple of condiments. Wine and candles, and you should be all set. Even the most unskilled man in the kitchen can pull this one off. Healthy, fun, and perfect to promote conversation and cooing. Remember spooning often leads to forking.
Our happy new promotional video
This week we approved the final version of a video for Sunworks that we have been working on for a few months. As we continue to improve the store, it feels good that we have something that we can share electronically with people that helps to showcase the shop. Click on the link; we hope you enjoy it. Feel free to send it around — there is a spot beside the video to do that very thing. Terry did the voice over for this video and I think that he’s done an outstanding job. He’s says that he wouldn’t give up his day job but he definitely has that sexy radio voice going on.
If you were in within the last couple of weeks you’ll have noticed that the music shop of the store is changing. Finally we have all of the fixtures in place and have started to order the music to fill it. It’s a $40,000 dollar investment that is going to take us time to complete. Each month this year we have $3000 worth of CDs and vinyl coming in. The last order was shipped and is estimated to arrived on the 11th of February. Paeton is our music man and has been receiving compliments from customers and the suppliers for his selections as we grow. I’m confident that you’ll find something that you’ll like.
Of course each year we have to look at the inventory and determine what needs to go and what should grow. Where we’ll build and where we’ll adjust. We’ve created a sale clearance room for things that we’ll not be carrying again or have minor but repairable damage. There are many interesting and useful things there for you, marked down by 50 – 90 percent.
Facelift on the second floor
One of the things that we do well is to continue to upgrade the store, new and better products, stronger service, and more interesting merchandising. This January and February we’ve undertaken to restyle the second floor with new paint, better fixtures, and more easily understandable sections. Over the next few weeks we’ll continue these efforts. We think you’ll be delighted to see the change. There are new products arriving within the next several weeks. I’ve mentioned the raclettes. We’ll also have high quality bamboo bathrobes, Spanish glass, handcrafted beads, paintings, stoneware, and organic spices. Arriving very soon are quality rock sugars with interesting and exotic ingredients like coffee and cardamon, chocolate and chili, ginger, lime and rose. These sugars are named for the seven deadly sins; Pride, Envy, Wrath, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, and Lust.
land of possibility
Photographs by Rocky Mountain House artist, Roberta Murray ASA, runs January 18 – February 19, 2010.
Roberta writes, “While exploring the landscape in a more impressionistic or representational context, I have become more attentive to the smaller details in nature that would normally be missed. It is like there is this unseen layer of reality that exists in an imaginary realm; a truth which exists for me alone. This makes me question if the idea of truth is a state that exists only in the mind of the individual. It is hoped through these manipulations I can encourage people to question how their own personal perceptions influence their views of reality.”
Red Deer culture
So often people come into Sunworks asking us were the Culture is in Red Deer. We’ve started to create this map to include some of the places that we think you might what to know about. Please feel free to send us additional entries, or if you really want to get involved we’ll give you edit access and you can build it with us. It’s simple and fun.
View Red Deer Culture in a larger map
Conscious Evolution — observations and insights through living on earth in the company of solitary travellers — is my personal website. I’ve been quite active building this site to share my thoughts and insights about life. As a community faciliator, writer, and artist I believe that I’m discovering ideas and ways of thinking that are helping me to make sense of the world and highlight what I think are useful questions to help us create an inspired future. You may find it interesting to read and follow. I share ideas, encourage thinking, promote collaboration and questioning, as well as post simple things like great recipes. I link my site to sites of other thinkers and organizations that I find interesting and thought-provoking. I invite you to comment and participate. Tell me and other readers what your ideas and insights are.
Sunworks store hours
We are pleased to announce that we are now open Friday nights until 8, and Sundays Noon – 5 p.m. The rest of the week the shop opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. Please drop by and explore — enjoy a complimentary Illy coffee, and customer service that truly independent retailers can deliver.
If there is something that you would like read about in future issues please email me back. In fact all feedback is welcomed, we actually like to hear back from you and we’ll share your comments with all of the Sunworkers.