It’s a closing time

All I see around me is mom and pop stores struggling and big business thriving. I ask myself why are all these quaint, authentic shops closing? It’s an easy answer, the “big guns” are taking over!

Amazon and Walmart along with other large-scale retail chains are taking over communities at a rapid pace. They are situated locally so we feel like were “shopping local” but in fact the money is going into deep pockets far beyond our communities and country to be cashed in.

Small business (run by your average business person) cannot compete with these mega giants who buy bulk shitty-made products, that can be sold a rock bottom prices. They have marketing teams that not only watch your every move (literally) but plan their stores and your online shopping experience based on it. They may even know your name and have your preference information down to a T but I ask, do they actually know you? In some cases maybe yes if you are a frequent shopper but online is a definite NO.

It is really sad to me that the local forested area near my home is now a giant Amazon warehouse and right next to it real soon will be a mega dump which will attempt to recycle all commercial throw-aways from “these bigger businesses”. I opened a vintage store for many reasons – to be environmentally friendly, to create a source of good quality product and to put a focus on not needing to always go into the City for items.

I truly believe we need more community-run businesses and less big business in our lives.

 

Store Operating/Schedule Changes

Hello there,

Please note due to summer months, I am adjusting the store opening/operating days. The store will now be open THURSDAYS from 6PM-9PM & SUNDAYS 2PM-5PM. The store will not be open on Fridays anymore, or any other days of the week.

Please note hours of operation (dates & hours) as well as updates will always be on my Facebook page and posted on this website at all times.

Feel free to email me at: pieceandquiet@outlook.com with any questions or comments or visit Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PieceandQuiet/

Fueled & Fabulous

Hey friends!

I am super excited that you can now ask me more about Arbonne, if you visit the shop. Or guess what? You can alternatively send me a question/comment (about Arbonne) via this blog post at anytime.

I just became an independent consultant because I love the products and they are in line with what I want my life to be about. I appreciate the high quality and eco-friendly forward approach to beauty (both inside and out) that Arbonne offers.

Let me know if you are interested in joining my private Facebook group or feel free to visit my shopping link here to learn more about the products: http://JuliaGodden.arbonne.com/

I will be posting about my Arbonne journey from time to time on this blog only because I feel that in order to have a balanced (healthy) sustainable life you have to look at all areas of your life. ~Julia

A time never lived

I guess the majority of my thoughts occur while in transport, travelling from point a to b.

I was listening to the radio and started thinking to myself, whats makes one artist more memorable than another? Why is it so many artists from the past remain a solid staple in history, while others come and go with little recognition. Is it the quality, quantity or what? What music of significance has shaped the last twenty years of my life? I am separating consistent catchy tune-makers from music icons, the greats.

Then my mind really started going, what furniture and clothing designers would be described having derived from this same period 2000-2019? IKEA, replica Teak, Shabby Chic, online shopping giant retailers?

I was feeling a bit confused…Were my teenage years til now a mash-up? A mix of modern, retro and antique all in one, replicating years the past to create a new overall style? It is strange to think that the significance of the 2000’s would be pulling pieces from other periods to create something but this appears to be what is happening. I could say this has always been the case but I don’t think so. Sure, time periods have influenced later decades but the revival of all things (music, fashion, decor etc.) has never been as great as now.

When technology innovation appears to be at an all time high you would think everything would be entirely different but items of popularity seem to have a gravitational pull towards the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. All the old shows (I watched originals of)  are even having reunion remakes, they call them comebacks. I have never seen so many radio channels dedicated to music from other generations. I can’t find a good pair of older Levis to save my life, why because they fly off shelves.

Is there a lack of creators, having the ability to create. Or perhaps we are moving backwards (to the old things) because they were better than what we have now for one or many reasons. Listen to the musical talent, look at the stitches in your clothes and the fabric on that chair. We want authentic, not synthetic and the proof is in the pudding.

A time I never lived is all around me and what I will do is continue to share quality in hopes more quality will come and shape the 2000’s as its own ground breaking time.