Have you heard of Ottawa magazine's "Annual shopping guide"? It seems that in their listing of local stores catering to the baby crowd, they forgot to mention us. I can get over that, really, I can, but I cannot get over the fact that they recommended another local business as the place to shop for natural parenting supplies. Granted, I realize I'm no longer the only business doing what I do, however, it really sucks to see someone else continually take ownership for my ideas under the guise she couldn't find 'her' services and selection all under one roof (um, yes, she could, and she did when she was our customer!).
I contacted Ottawa magazine to inquire as to the criteria used to choose the businesses listed in their shopping guide, and as I suspected, it's a collection of past advertisers, with a handful of non-advertisers thrown in for good measure. If I would like to guarantee a listing in next year's issue, I should purchase an ad.
So, to keep this short but sweet, if you're a customer, and you've been happy with our service over the past eight years, please let Ottawa magazine know, drop them a line! I suppose at this point, it's a fruitless exercise, but I would really like to see an acknowledgment from them that we exist, and that we're worth the visit. I've worked hard to come up with this business concept, and it's not fair to see someone else taking credit for my hard work!
PS -- I cannot thank you all enough for the customer referrals over the years, I put far more stock in that than I would ever put in any marketing materials...