Podcast 007: Molly Wilson ~ Rock Star Entrepreneur!

Today’s Remarkable Retailer episode features an interview with long time friend and exceptional entrepreneur, Molly Wilson who owns molly & drew – The Beer Bread Company.

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The Beer Bread Company’s fearless leader is a small-town girl with a big-city spirit. After ten years in retail, she brought that spirit, heart, and experience to her new role as owner of molly & drew. Molly’s young family is ‘on the team’ – daughter Samantha loves to add strawberry soda to American Original Beer Bread Mix while her son Wilson craves the BLT dip with crackers.

molly & drew had their beginning in small-town Iowa with 100 bags of homemade beer bread mix at a craft show. Today, they’re in thousands of retail stores around the country, BUT they’re still inspired by the small town values and work ethic that started them on this amazing journey.

“Born and BREAD (we couldn’t resist!) in the heartland, our products, just like our people, are INSPIRED! We are inspired daily by our families, our friends, our work, and our customers.” ~Molly

If you listened to Remarkable Retailer’s Podcast Episode 006, you heard about our decision several years ago to set our store apart by offering gourmet foods and totally committing to that department as a way to enhance the shopping experience for our customers at Adrian’s Boutique. molly & drew – The Beer Bread Company has been an important part of our gourmet department and a consistent top seller!

I think you will LOVE this interview! Be sure to stay till the end where we’ll have a special offer from Molly and some great tips for the upcoming Atlanta Market.

Podcast 006: 5 Great Reasons to Get Going With Gourmet!

Be Our Guest!

I am on the same journey and quest to become a Remarkable Retailer that you are on…and have tried many different approaches to product selection over the years, but one decision that we made many years ago has continued to pay off in a variety of ways. To be a Remarkable Retailer or an Exceptional Entrepreneur, you must step outside of your comfort zone and do something that other businesses are NOT doing!

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Honey Apple Pecan Dessert…Click Image for Recipe

Zig when everyone else Zags!

My friend and co-worker, Sandy Brooks gave me a book titled “Crazy is a Compliment: The Power of Zigging when everyone else Zags” by Linda Rottenberg (I mentioned this in an earlier post as well), and I think adding a Gourmet & Kitchenware department to your existing store may seem a little “Crazy” to some store owners. However, you need to take steps to set your store apart from all of the other cookie-cutter businesses that are out there!

That one decision I mentioned earlier was the decision to commit to a Gourmet Foods/Kitchenware Department in our retail store, stop dabbling in gourmet foods and take our selection and our service to a new level. We made this decision several years ago and it has been a game changer for our store!  It changes the atmosphere of your business when you offer drinks and a small snack to the customers shopping in your store.

Today we’re going to talk about 5 Great Reasons to Go Gourmet!!!

Podcast 002: Top 10 Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

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Thank you for taking time to listen to today’s Remarkable Retailer Podcast. Today we’re going to talk about 10 qualities & characteristics that successful entrepreneurs share.

  1. They get up early and make effective use of their time
  2. Leaders are Readers! They are voracious readers, – Never stop learning!
  3. They have learned the art of networking and asking questions, and are very willing to learn from beginners in their industry as well as seasoned veterans.
  4. They are list makers… A favorite tool of mine is the Wunderlist App. I personally love this simple app!
  5. They “Do the Work” which is also the title to a great book by Steven Pressfield. (I will include link in show notes).
  6. They are professional…this business is not their hobby, it is their profession.
  7. They lead with a servant heart.
    1. They care about their customers and their staff
    2. They freely credit others for their success
    3. They are givers – both with their time and their resources. Terri King
  8. Successful entrepreneurs schedule time away to work ON their business, not IN their business. (Carol & Nancy planning session)
  1. Remarkable Retailers and Entrepreneurs embrace change and know that how they did business last year or even last month, needs to be improved upon.
  2. Exceptional entrepreneurs surround themselves with others who are smarter than they are! Jim Rohm quote “You are the average of the FIVE people you spend the most time with.” Start your own Mastermind Group, Join a private Facebook group that is related to your industry, and be an active participant!

The difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next. The difference between the two is living fully and just existing.

Time Traps!

If you have a dream and don’t have a team, your dream will die. But with a team, your dream will fly!
~Todd Duncan


Whether you’re a “solo-preneur”, someone who has an established team behind you, or a control freak, we want you to know that you don’t have to travel your entrepreneurial journey alone! There are gifted people all around you to help you and free you up to do your best work. Today we’re going to explore some options for finding these people and empowering them to help you build your business.

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Contrary to a belief held by many entrepreneurs, you can ask for and receive help along your journey to success.  Many of us started our businesses as “solo-preneurs”… i.e., we wore every hat in the company. From sales and marketing, chief cook and bottle washer, banker, accountant, custodian, receiving clerk, sidewalk sweeper, truck unloader, HR department head, and much more, it had to be done, so we did it! As a recovering “Multiple-Hat Wearer”, I can tell you that it is not easy to ask for help, train others to do what comes so naturally to you, and turn over responsibility to others…but I am learning to do so!

Hug Your Customers

“We shower our customers with attention. There’s no doubt in my mind that our philosophy can be applied to selling just about anything- from aircraft engines to beanbags.” ~Jack Mitchell

Flo Hajek from Northern Michigan Hallmark (aka The Book Queen) gifted me with this book at least a year ago, and I have flipped back through it looking for a particular piece of advice several times since my original read many months ago. Flo and her husband Steve are outstanding retailers in Northern Michigan who truly believe in training their staff to give STELLAR customer service.  Their daughter, Jaime has joined their leadership team and you can see the evidence they have instilled in her to strive for excellence in caring for their customers.

The author of “Hug Your Customers,” Jack Mitchell runs Mitchells/Richards, a profitable high-end clothing business in Connecticut that was founded in 1958. Today they do over $65 million in sales. They know how to take care (HUG) of their customers. This book talks about going way above and beyond the normal expectation for customer service in any business, however, you do not need to be a high level multi-million dollar enterprise to learn from the examples in his book. He gives down to earth, daily practices that you can instill in your team that will make a difference in the business you do today!

The Story Behind Your Success

 

Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere.

~Paul Ryan


I absolutely LOVE to hear the stories that business owners tell around a table in the coffee shop, standing in line at a conference or riding a shuttle between two buildings at a Market. Your conversation might start around a particular product or idea, but usually the question of “how did you get started?” comes up. Every one of these stories begins with a dream of entrepreneurship and most of them have very humble beginnings.

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Maybe your parents were entrepreneurs and owning a business just feels natural to you. Or, perhaps in your previous career you worked for a large company and were just burned out with the corporate structure. Maybe you’re an accidental entrepreneur that suddenly found a hobby turning into a business.

Whatever your story, it is important to tell it to your family, your staff members, your clients and to those in your community.  We can all learn from each other’s “story” as we nurture and grow our businesses. Today, we’re going to take a quick look at five common story lines that successful small businesses share.