Journal

Urgency and Loss

Posted by Laura Stewart on

Urgency and loss.   This year has proven to be a challenge for so many. Whether with health, business, social, mental, political, fighting for a cause or something else. I lost my dad. Lost a dear friend suddenly at the young age of 52 (my age - reality check). Have another friend fighting to get her independence back after a stroke and through it all, two words come to mind, urgency and loss.  An urgency to LIVE. To race the clock. To accomplish, see, do, love and protect.  But how do you accomplish those things in a pandemic?  When we are supposed to...

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Nice Rack! A nice rack is a healthy rack.

Posted by Laura Stewart on

Have you ever passed a stranger on the street or caught up with an old friend knowing or maybe guessing they have breast implants?  Maybe admired, gawked, questioned or even worse, judged?  I am ashamed to admit, I have. All of the above.  But only this year did I realize that all of my previous assumptions, judgements and opinions were completely unfounded.     Women get implants for various reasons. I think our first assumption and unfairly so, is that they may be in the entertainment industry. Maybe as a dancer or a model. Some may have them because they did...

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Something old, something new...

Posted by Laura Stewart on

As a relatively new business owner, there is one thing I know to be true. Brands need to be given new life and rebranded every so often.   As designs and/or products change, so do the people they reflect.   When I bought Andover Trask 2 ½ year ago, I inherited several designs that are still some of our best sellers.   Those designs, the Scout, Harper and Hatteras, were the vision and reflection of Matt Weaver, Andover Trask’s founder. Matt was wonderful at sharing his style and showing his market how his designs were in fact, a personal reflection.   His slogan,...

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Why Shop Small?

Posted by Laura Stewart on

Why shop small?  The answer from a customer and a small business owner's perspective. 

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Final Thoughts and Lessons learned...

Posted by Laura Stewart on

  Final thoughts and lessons learned.. I have fielded several questions from family, friends and customers since taking over Andover Trask a year ago.  Am I enjoying it?  Have I had a good year?  Do I like owning my own business?  What have I learned, etc.. There is no way to answer those questions with a single word or even a single sentence.  I also realized my answers varied according to my most recent revelation or experience.  After further thought, I now realize why.  What I have learned over the last year not only applies to business, but every day...

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