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Little Bling Shoppe on Madison Closing

Its been a valuable learning experience.

On Feb 1,2013 The Little Bling Shoppe on Madison will close its doors. This is not a case of another Lakewood business gone bad- simply a decison on my part. This was actually my 2nd "in person" location. I have had a website for several years and was trying to see if being in a brick and mortar could be an extension of that. I fell in love with the little pink shoppe on Madison Ave and because the rent was resonable and the neighborhood was charming- I jumped on it. The area is great and I think it will be improving greatly in the near future especially with the enthusiasm of the merchants and the newly designated branding of Uptown Lakewood- however for me this is a financial decision. I have decided that it is more of a benefit to promote my online business from my home studio and travel to do shows and events in the area at this time. Having a store was a check on my bucket list-it was fun and I have learned some very valuable life lessons and some very valuable business lessons as well that I will take with me on my journey. Lakewood is a wonderful place and I hope it continues to flourish and support local business.

 And now for my shameless plug: Continue to visit me online at www.reneesrhinestones.com- I will be offering my apparel to businesses as a consignee and or at discounted bulk rates in you are interested in carrying items in your stores. As always I do "custom" work for your businesses or organizations-so please keep me in mind. I will be having a store closing sale the last 2 weeks in January- so stop by! It was so nice to have met some awesome business owners and residents of Lakewood in this short time- Have a wonderful and prosperous 2013 full of "sparkle" and delight!

Yours Truly

Renee from The Little Bling Shoppe on Madison Ave.

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M-F Schreiber January 09, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Another Madison Avenue Merchant bites the dust! Never made into your shop since it was launched. Hope you continue to sparkle in cyberspace.
Renee Lavelle January 11, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Whats going on- (im speaking in general not to a certain person) is this: People either are broke, dont have time or shop in big box stores-I am a specialty so I dont expect the masses but honestly- I have heard from so many people that said they didnt know I was there- I had a hot pink door and my windows were full of rhinestones and lights-I wasnt there as much as I should of been as life got complicated but still-my shop was hard to miss. If people want a vibrant, financially solvent community to live in- they need to go out and support local businesses if they are able- these business help your community thrive and look better- everyone hates empty storefronts. I wasn't here a long time, but I did make an effort to start visiting other shops and businesses-and I did have to make a point of it to do so. There were so many shop owners and employees that I would talk to and purchase things from or tip well- that never even came by to at least look at my store- Now look Im not being pissy here-Im ok-really but it needs to be said-If you want local you need to support local- at least stop by and see what people have,you find out so many interesting things along the way-and this is true for business owners as well-dont get me wrong some are wonderful-but others would say I dont have time to get there-well I took the time to come see you-help one another-.Take a drive, look around, you'll be suprised what you see and may help someone keep their dream alive in the process- Renee

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