Love is in the air at the Paddington Family of Stores!!! From now until February 12th, we are asking you to celebrate someone special in your life by writing a short (150 word) Valentine about them! You can write your Valentine to anyone- your parent, your neighbor, anyone who has touched your life! We will choose the two most touching Valentine's and both the entrant and their someone special will receive a prize.
There are two ways to enter. You can stop by any of our three stores (Paddington Station, the Paddington Jewel Box, or Inspired By Oregon) and pick up an entry form (pictured to the right), fill it out and drop it off in our red mail box- found right inside the front door of Paddington Station. If you aren't local or cannot visit us, you can send us your Valentine in an email. Please be sure to include the following: your name, your Valentine's name, your phone number and use the subject line "love is in the air"! (CLICK HERE TO ENTER)
A committee will convene, read all the Valentine's and choose two winners. These winners will be contacted and announced on February 13th, and will receive their prize on the 14th. If you live out of the area, we will contact you.
If you would like your someone special to receive a copy of their Valentine, please include their address on your entry form, we would be happy to spread the love!
The Holiday Season has passed and we are all still standing! That means only one thing for us here at the Paddington Family of Stores: Inventory!!! You've heard that before and we are sure you've seen the signs in our windows, but what does this mean? We've been asked "What do you do on those days?" "You don't just count things, do you?"
Yes, it's true- we do count things all day long! Each store closes for 1 to 3 days (1 for the Jewel Box and Inspired By Oregon and 2 or 3 for Paddington). The inventory team - made up for staff members dedicated to individual stores as well as managerial staff- break into teams of two and go fixture by fixture, table by table and count and touch everything. We go through all our stockrooms, open all the cabinets and drawers. And everything gets CLEANED- under fixtures, behind mirrors, on landings, behind bookcases (if they move!)- you name it, we've cleaned it!
Occasionally, Pam and Don choose to redo the floors in the stores. Last year, we refinished the floors in the Jewel Box. This year, we refinished the floors in Paddington- and what an adventure that was!! Everything in the store gets moved- clothing racks are moved into the back of Inspired By Oregon, product is put in moving boxes and taken to the lower level or into stockrooms. Fixtures are moved onto the linoleum in the card department and any other place it will fit. The Floor refinishing company does one half of the floor at a time, so we moved everything to one side on Tuesday night and came back on Thursday morning to move everything to the other side!!! (Check out our moving pictures in our Photo Gallery!) On Friday, we moved fixtures, product and clothing racks back to where they came from- the store is never cleaner than it is the first day we are open after inventory.
These days are true labors of love for our staff. Not only does it give us a chance to touch everything we have, but it gives us a chance to come together as a staff. These are the days we really get to know each other- we work side by side, as long as it takes to finish. These are the days that make us stronger as a staff, as a team.
We call ourselves "The Paddington Bears" or "Bears" for short. We are the staff and employees of Paddington Station, Paddington Station Inspired by Oregon and The Paddington Jewel Box. Through this blog we impart our knowledge and wisdom.
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