Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • Most boring comment EVER

    I’m excited about all the activity in my life right now and as the fall approaches, there are interesting days ahead. At PGB, at the start of September we are having a 7 day photo shoot for both the cookbook and the new menu…and the …

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  • Striking out

    Andrew mentioned recently that I have not written a post on the randomness of success with new ideas.   I agree – maybe I’ve been hoping that one day I will figure out how to predict if a new idea will work – and write …

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  • Outpost Vintage & Thrift

    Starting a business of one’s own usually has an inherent “but“. I know this from personal experience because until I had actually left my corporate job, I thought I’d love to be an entrepreneur “but” working for a big company gave me steady income in …

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  • Make it work!

    As mentioned in earlier posts, I am currently hooked on the show called Project Runway.  It’s maybe like calling ketchup a vegetable to  argue that a reality show can teach us some things BUT  STILL, I am going to share with you some good ideas …

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  • The Flintstones, Meet the Flintstones…

    I’ve never been very attached to television. Growing up with four siblings, we had one tv and one phone, so access to both devices was limited and as well, Saskatoon had two channels: 3 and 8. I don’t know what happened to Channels 1, 2 …

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  • Millennials

    Last week Andrew and I made a quick trip to Calgary to see our sons, Tom and Ted, ages 21 and 19. They left Saturday with their dad for two weeks in Spain so I wanted to see them before their trip.  We also have …

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  • Crumbs

    I sent a PGB team email today with my thoughts on the demise of the 65-store cupcake chain in the States called Crumbs.  In the next few days I’m sure all of us on the team hear questions along the lines of, “Are things ok?”. …

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  • Being organized

    Being an organized person is, I think, a double edged sword: you can take a lot of stress out of life by getting a good jump on things but it’s easy to slip over into being a pain-in-the-rear. Not everyone, I’ve found, wants to talk …

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  • The Basics

    Since opening Prairie Girl I have been asked to speak a few times and usually the requested topic is some version of the “secret to success”. I really think  that a big part of any success I’ve had is luck and timing so I am …

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  • The curse of giving good service

    I’ve learned that when the goal of great service is a big part of your business, after awhile the entire team slowly but surely becomes completely resentful of bad service they receive elsewhere. I can’t tell you the number of times a member of the …

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