Posts from April 2012. Show all blog posts.
Normally my visits to the dentist are not worth sharing. A little wait, a little gas, a rugged cleaning, and I’m out.
This season, the Bonds made a jaunt of it—through Baxter’s naptime no less. Like a German automotive plant, we had the plan down to a ‘T’. I dropped Amy off at the front door at Young and Bloor, and then BB and I parked. BB explored the nooks and crannies of Yorkville, as well as the main drag of Bloor. His smiles, chirps and yodels were virtually snubbed by all the well-to-dos. He was beginning to give up hope with the region’s population until we reached the 19th floor for my appointment and the hand off.
Baxter entered in his stroller and the whole office lit up. Six beautiful women took turns complimenting and encouraging little B. I haven’t seen more beaming since the Academy Awards. Baxter thought he had died and gone to heaven. He was passed from one woman to the next, with eyes like pizza pies and a smile that could split his head. He was pampered, primped, pranced and paraded throughout the office. I apologize to those patients trying to suffer in peace; it’s no place for banter, chortling and full-on merriment.
At this moment, I’m not sure who was more entertained—all the ladies in spiffy uniforms (shout out to Melissa, Vanessa, Tammy, Gina, Shannon and Mara), or my little boy. In the end, it was I. I was proud as a peacock and loved sharing the feeling that comes when a happy baby enters a room and takes over. I really had a blast at the dentist today. And look mom, no cavities!
It’s just plain rude to go to Florida and not shop. At least in my family it is—and I was raised to be a very polite young lady indeed. So when I went shopping in Florida over March Break (with my mother who taught me all about shopping and rudeness), we hit all the discount, high-end, malls and grocery stores there were. We love it all. If I can’t find what I want when I’m in the states, I order online and it comes in mere days, before I go home. If I don’t like it, I send it back easily. Customer service is such an important part of the retail experience and in most cases, it shows.
It’s not always like that at home. I know there are some good online retailers but it’s a fragmented marketplace. I always wished we could have one destination that would take care of most of our shopping needs in one place—with great customer service. Don’t you?
Enter SHOP.CA. I’m excited that we’re partnering with this amazing new online retailer, launching in just a few weeks (mid-May), because they have millions of products in 26 categories and a commitment to the customer that can’t be found anywhere else. They are already offering rewards just for signing up early (like $10 off your first purchase of $100, and five times the reward points).
Great customer service, free shipping and returns, plus a rewards program based on how much you share the site with your friends, and of course, how much you shop. They are the Canadian shopping revolution we’ve been waiting for.
I signed up and haven’t bought anything yet, but they already love me. That’s a relationship I like.