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New Phone Number for "Argent Decor - The Store"! Update your files, please! - 06/29/09 10:49 PM
Effective June 29th, 2009, Argent Decor has a new number - 602-774-2294. I am keeping my "Magic Jack" phone system, as it cost me the equivalent of 1.5 months of service - with less features - from Qwest. My "expenses" on Magic Jack include buying a corded phone, too. So Qwest can keep their ridiculously over-priced phone service! The new phone number will ring to the store, and until it opens, will ring to my desk. THANKS and don't forget to update your files! Sharon KotulaArgent DecorPhoenix Vacation Home Furnishing & Scottsdale Furniture & Decor Storewww.ArgentDecor.email@example.com
NEW Furniture vendor with unique pieces - reclaimed railroad ties, acacia, teak, bamboo, etc - take a look! - 06/29/09 03:44 PM
With "Argent Decor - the Store" opening in July, I am beefing up with furniture vendors! I found this great one out of LA - Sweet Smiling Home. Odd name? Yes. Unusual furniture? Also, yes. Check out their website - they have some really unique lines, as well as many green/recycled furniture pieces, from China, Indonesia, Morocco, and India. Naturally, I get wholesale pricing, so if you see anything you like, just let me know.... Sharon KotulaArgent DecorPhoenix Vacation Home Furnishingwww.ArgentDecor.comSharon@argentdecor.com
I was selected as a finalist for Kirkland's Designer Panel! YAY!!! - 06/25/09 05:44 PM
Potentially great news here! I submitted an application with photos of my work and some of my design philosophies to Kirkland's, as they were looking for a Designer Panel - here's the e-mail I just received!:First of all, congratulations! Out of more than 100 applicants, you have been selected as a finalist for our new designer panel! From here, our goal is to narrow our list of finalists to a field of 10 by the end of next week. These 10 will then be voted on by our customers through the community site we are developing, giving our customer the opportunity to (6 comments)
Magic Jack - have you tried it? SUPER-cheap phone line via a computer, USB - 06/24/09 12:58 AM
What can I say...? I'm a sucker for info-mercials! Have you seen - or tried - Magic Jack yet? It's basically a $40 USB set up that allows you to call long distance, internationally, etc, unlimited, for free your first year. You plug a jobby into your USB, and a phone into your jobby. It includes free voice mail, call waiting, caller ID too! After learning those greedy guys down at Qwest wanted $60mo for a phone line - when I get the same services from Cox at home for $28/mo - I decided to look at alternates. Unfortunately, my new building is (3 comments)
PHOENIX: Love having a clean car? New car wash offers unlimited cleanings for $15.99/mo! - 06/23/09 09:57 PM
A brand new car wash business has opened on 44th Street, just north of McDowell, called Clean Freak Car Wash. They are doing a special promo for their Grand Opening - $15.99 a month for UNLIMITED washes! So all you OCD clean-car people out there have an affordable option! Don't procrastinate, though - it is only valid for the first 500 customers to sign up for it, and as of 7:45PM on June 23rd, only 210 remained! This is a great location, too - just minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the 202 freeway, Scottsdale, Tempe.... Maybe THIS will be what (5 comments)
Furniture brands - what's your favorite? Trying to decide who to carry at my store! - 06/21/09 12:28 PM
With the new storefront coming soon to Old Town Scottsdale, I will be able to carry a few more brands of furniture - so now, my dilemma is, "Which ones..?!?!". I have limited floor/display space, but can carry a few more that have stricter retail requirements. If it's not on the showroom floor, I can still order from their wholesale catalogs, though! Do you have a favorite furniture manufacturer? Who is it? THANKS!Sharon KotulaArgent DecorPhoenix Vacation Home Furnishing & Home Staging Serviceswww.ArgentDecor.firstname.lastname@example.org COMING JULY '09 - "ARGENT DECOR - THE STORE" TO OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE! (2 comments)
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! How are you celebrating? - 06/21/09 11:26 AM
My dad is in Grand Rapids, MI, enjoying the fact that my mom went to visit HER dad, thus leaving him alone at the house to watch the Tigers in his underwear. It stinks that my parents don't live here, but as soon as they can sell their house (HA!) they will move to Phoenix - especially since my sister is pregnant w/baby #2 out here. So without MY dad here, I'm going to the future in-laws' for a bbq - I heard something about steak on the grill, and cold beers by the pool. Sounds like a plan to me! HAPPY (2 comments)
RESTAURANT RAVE: Roaring Fork, Scottsdale AZ - 06/20/09 01:05 AM
On the side - and for fun - my fiance and I do restaurant shops. We've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly so far as food, service, atmosphere, cleanliness, you name it! We hardly ever go out "just to go out" any more, as I get 1-2 restaurant shops per wk. Tonight, one of our very good "couple" friends were free, which is a rarity, as she works nights. She suggested "Roaring Fork" just north of Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. None of us had been before, but she had heard great things. All I can say is, "GO! NOW!!!". (0 comments)
AZ Small Business Development Center offers FREE counseling for new and small businesses! - 06/19/09 05:15 PM
If you or someone you know has questions or just wants advice on starting a business in Arizona, or improving how their business is run, a great, FREE resource is the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network, or AZSMDC. On their website, you can find forms, worksheets, and a wealth of information on starting and running a business in Arizona. Classes are offered (some do charge fees), and you can also register for free one-on-one business counseling with an experienced advisor! Sharon KotulaArgent DecorPhoenix Vacation Home Furnishingwww.ArgentDecor.comSharon@argentdecor.com ARGENT DECOR - THE STORE coming in July to Old Town Scottsdale! (0 comments)
E-mail inquiry "auto-reply" - do you use it? If no, why not? - 06/18/09 11:40 AM
I have spent the morning so far sending e-mails to agents that work with Canadian buyers, introducing myself and my services. I would estimate I've sent approximately 40 e-mails, and only 2 of them had "auto-reply" e-mails sent to me. Are you using an auto-reply function for e-mail inquiries? If no, why not? It would seem to me that agents would want to instantly respond to potential clients, even if it's a generic response, to let them know their e-mail was received and will be responded to ASAP. You know they will e-mail many agents (just as I did) in a (5 comments)
Home Depot Trade Scholarship Program - do you know someone who could benefit? - 06/17/09 10:58 AM
Home Depot is offering a $500 trade scholarship for students enrolled in a trade or construction school. 600(!) Scholarships will be awarded! Here are the details from the website: Are you a full- or part-time student currently enrolled in a building and construction trade school program at a college, university or accredited educational institution in the United States? Are you studying to be a home builder, general contractor, carpenter, electrician, plumber, HVAC specialist, or another building and construction trade professional? Are you entering into the final year or term of your degree or career program? If you answered ‘yes' to these (0 comments)
My new addictions - healthy ones! Pita Jungle's cilantro-jalapeno hummus, fruit salad and gazpacho - 06/17/09 09:34 AM
A little off-topic, but I just can't say enough about Pita Jungle! My fiance and I have joined a fitness boot camp and are trying to eat better. Fortunately, we are almost walking-distance to Pita Jungle in Arcadia! Pita Jungle is a local restaurant with locations in Arcadia, Arrowhead, Desert Ridge, Scottsdale, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe and recently added Flagstaff. They have a beatnik-kind of attitude and are very vegetarian-friendly - although there is plenty for us meat-eaters! All the food is incredibly fresh and we've not had a less-than-stellar dish yet! Since in Phoenix it is officially too hot to eat, I have (1 comments)
Coming soon....? Argent Decor - The Store! - 06/16/09 06:44 PM
I'm getting nervous....! I am reviewing a lease now for a retail store in Old Town Scottsdale. It will help me get even better pricing from my distributors, but I'm still so nervous! It's a big step for a small company...but at the same time, I'm excited to potentially have my OWN store! I'll be sure to update on what ends up happening....wish me luck! (0 comments)
SRP Rebates - did you (or are you going to) buy a new dishwasher, washer, or dryer? Get a rebate! - 06/14/09 07:05 PM
In our electric bill from SRP, there is an article about rebates available to SRP customers who have (or will have) purchased a new, more efficient dishwasher, washer and/or clothes dryer by Sept 30th. Go to www.srpnet.com/powerwise or call 602-236-2075 for details. This is a great way to offset the initial cost of a new appliance, PLUS you will get all the savings over the long run of a more efficient appliance! Think GREEN!
Gated N Scottsdale Vacation condos from $189,950 - fully furnished for $199,945! - 06/02/09 07:21 PM
Yesterday I finally got to meet new clients from Calgary - they closed on their vacation home at The Plaza Residences - and if you or a client are considering a vacation home in Scottsdale, GO HERE NOW! Only 12 units remain! The community is gated, and boasts available garages, 2 pools (1 heated), spa, fitness center, putting green, gas BBQs, business center, movie room, and on-site vacation rental management! The grounds are immaculate and make it feel like you are at a resort. On top of that, it is located in North Scottsdale, adjacent to Kierland Commons, one of the top (1 comments)
What has replaced Craigslist as a business generator...? - 06/02/09 06:57 PM
As a home furnisher, I have used craigslist like most of the world probably has - for concert or event tickets, selling cars, or trying to move old appliances. I found craigslist via a real estate agent-friend, who found many investor-buyer clients via craigs - either from a "services" posting, or posting his listings. I have posted ads for Vacation Home Furnishing and Home Staging, but have not seen a payoff for it. (Then again, since craigslist is free, I can't complain too much!) So I have to ask...."Has something replaced Craigslist...?" If you have any suggestions, I would love to (3 comments)
Argent Décor is chock-full of opinions, questions, and general observations that you may or may not find interesting - a little bit of home staging, vacation home furnishing, decor ideas....a little bit of venting....a whole lot of shameless self-promotion!
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