PEACE, LOVE AND JOY: Reflections AT YEAR'S END

kalalou headquarters, jackson, ms

kalalou headquarters, jackson, ms

Do you see it?

Sometimes it’s challenging…. perhaps even obscured at times - by a world overcome with far too many self-serving agendas. But make no mistake, thankfully, it’s there!

In these waning days of 2017, many of us are still stretched pretty thin…. with so many tasks yet left to complete.  

But on this afternoon, fate has stepped in – I’ve slipped off to make good on a promise to a young man (my youngest son, Hayes).  So here we sit, nestled in a beautiful hardwood bottom overlooking the Big Black River in perhaps our favorite corner of rural Mississippi.  The weather is not cooperating, but the scenery, and company, are truly priceless.  As the afternoon slowly fades, and Hayes settles in for a nap – I can’t help but recognize that this was much needed therapy for my soul!  And in the serenity of the moment, I find myself reflecting back on this past year…. something I really wish I did more often. For it’s in this reflection that I’m able to find the balance, better yet, perspective, that far too often escapes me in the frantic pace of this life that we all lead.  And you know what? 

Beyond a needed self-assessment, I find clarity – I SEE it! I see it in every ounce of my mother’s actions – always making sure that everyone around her (even now) is taken care of – with never a “want” for herself. I see it in the relentless commitment of our team here at Kalalou – coming in early and/or staying late, helping the customer or teammate in the capacity needed, and with a cheerful heart.   

I see it in the retailer that puts their own personal needs/schedule aside and returns to the locked door after closing to accommodate a distressed customer. I see it in the many that prior to putting a single gift under their own tree, make it a point to secure a good Christmas for those on the Angel Trees. I see it in former Angel Tree recipients that remember what effect the kindness of others had on their holidays, and are now paying it forward by securing a great holiday for others that are less fortunate.

HAYES MCKAY

HAYES MCKAY

I see it in the simple sharing of an unexpected, kind word. “It,” simply put, is the unmistakable magic of the season….. it is love! And on behalf of our entire Kalalou family, this holiday season, may you - our valued customers and friends – count your blessings and revel in your own joys! We sincerely thank you for all that you do and wish you all the Peace, Love, Joy, and Prosperity that the season and New Year can bring!

Sincerely,
Josh

TABLESCAPING - A TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS

Holidays – Creating Traditions

 Ah, the holidays….always a special place in my heart! 

There truly is a genuine “feeling” that the season brings….friendlier faces, the incredible excitement of the children (and kids at heart) around us,  and the blessings of time well spent with cherished friends and family.  And while I love the parties, bumping into old friends, and finding that perfect gift for my sweetheart…. the spirit of the season is captured best for me around the dining table of my mother’s home.  It’s where I grew up…. where the décor is traditional…. some might even say, simple.  But the table is always festive, warm, and inviting to all!  To say I look forward to being there each year is a major understatement! And the sight of that dining table, featuring a fun, decorative flair, and the best aroma I’ll encounter all year – well, it reminds me of how hard “mom” has always worked to insure that the holidays were special for us.  It reminds me how much she genuinely loves us…. and how some of the greatest gifts of my life began right here at this table listening, learning, interacting, celebrating…..

Maybe…hopefully, you have a similar and special place like this in your heart for the holidays. 

But if you don’t already have a tradition of sitting down at the dining table – start a new one!  During this holiday season, it’s okay to put the diet down for a short period.  Go on and “gussie up” that dining table with some fun seasonal décor – our creative team has made tablescaping for a traditional holiday a cinch with this latest post!  Have fun with this and treat yourself and your loved ones to the greatest joy of the season – time spent enjoying one another!

—  Josh McKay,  VP of Sales & Marketing

TABLESCAPING - A COASTAL CHRISTMAS

More Tablescaping Ideas!

As was shared in an earlier post, Tablescaping has truly become an art form. But perhaps the truest sense of tablescaping beauty is that we each have the ability to define it, create it, enjoy it, and LIVE it!   

Like many of you I suspect, I one day fancy myself living a simple, slower lifestyle – enjoying sweet time with family and friends on the beach! I don’t know that such a day will ever become reality…but you have to dream it first, right? And in this week’s segment of holiday tablescaping, we went about creating art on our table - with a coastal flair! Who says you have to live at the coast to enjoy it? 

Take a cue from this incredibly light and airy creation, and share the inspiration of the coast with those most important to you!  It’s easy to do, and so adaptable.  Whether setting the scene indoors or out, this is the table you’ll not only enjoy this holiday season…. but the table you’ll come back to all year long! Pay special attention to the components and note how our savvy design team purposefully chose items (outside of Santa) that tell the waterfront story in a way that can be enjoyed well beyond the holiday season. Share this with your customers.  Show them how you are stretching their dollar, while beautifying their home and enhancing the experience of their guests. Your customers are sure to love this!

—  Josh McKay,  VP of Sales & Marketing

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Tablescaping: An Artisan Christmas

It's Time To Tablescape!

Tablescaping has truly become an art.   We see it celebrated in grand style with every passing season – almost in a competitive fashion between designers and bloggers.  And many of their creations leave me speechless – as well questioning where we’re going to put the turkey! 

But it need not be a topic that builds anxiety!  Think about it – it’s simply a fun way to further the invitation and feeling of warmth to our cherished guests.  And there are countless ways to tackle this – from casual to classically traditional.  And that’s not just true of our homes – it’s equally as true for our shops!  If you’ve not yet incorporated a dining table (a small table is fine) or a faux mantle/fireplace in your store, give it some thought!  Most of your customers will be hosting family/friends for the upcoming holidays, and now is the perfect time to show them HOW to accent their homes in a fun, festive way.  Everybody wins when you make tablescaping a part of this season’s merchandising!

And to help….our talented design team has created a wonderful, whimsical look for your holiday table. The young and young at heart will delight in taking their special seat at Kalalou's fun, vintage, free-spirited Christmas tablescape. Your customers are sure to love this!

—  Josh McKay,  VP of Sales & Marketing

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Last minute gift ideas

The mayhem of the Holiday shopping season is in full swing but it's never too late to deck out your store for those Christmas shoppers. Kalalou is here to help with a few last minute gift ideas! We've put together our list of top 10 picks for the season, featuring a few Holiday items as well as a several items from our 50% off Opportunity Sale. So whether you're looking to round out your counter display with a few stocking-stuffers or you simply need a few unique gift ideas, think of Kalalou as your very own Holiday helper!