8 Reasons The Silver Dahlia Is The Best Place To Christmas Shop

8 Reasons The Silver Dahlia Is The Best Place To Christmas Shop

Hello, complimentary gift wrapping!

After completing the first two years of my undergraduate, I took the huge step of choosing to withdraw from Curry College and work full time and live at home. I got a full time job as a sales associate at The Silver Dahlia, a gift shop in Glastonbury, Connecticut. I fell in love with the work and quickly grew fond of the store, my co-workers, and customers. As we put out our fall products and prepare for the holiday shopping season, I'd like to sing our praises to a public that may or may not be aware of what a great little gift shop is hiding just around the corner.

1. We have a huge variety of gifts.

We have greeting cards for all occasions, jewelry, men and women's apparel, accessories, toys, stationery, artisan soap, and SO much more. We also have a Paparte station, where you can customize your own gift.

2. We carry all your favorite brands.

Not only do we carry Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer, Vera Bradley, and Alex & Ani, all of these brands are also featured in our giant clearance section. Spend $20 on Vineyard Vines, and get a free pink whale logo sticker!

3. All gift wrapping is complimentary.

Any purchase you make in our store comes with complimentary gift wrapping, with your choice of wrapping paper, ribbons, and tissue paper.

4. We have an awesome customer rewards program.

No card necessary! Simply give your name and phone number, and you will automatically receive a $10 store credit for every $200 you spend. It's like constant couponing! The best part is, no need to carry a card you need to worry about bringing in every time you stop by. The program is all done automatically on our system. All you have to do is shop!

5. You can make your own necklaces.

We have a make-your-own necklace station in Lotus jewelry, featuring initials and birthstones, as well as Forever In My Heart charms. You can also make your own watch!

6. We are a small business... that supports other small businesses.

We carry Mizzi Cosmetics, created by a stay-at-home mom named Brenda from Portland, Connecticut, who was recently named one of Hartford's 40 under 40. We also carry The Coastal Confidence, and Payne & Comfort, handmade by our store manager!

7. We have THREE locations.

We have stores in Glastonbury, West Hartford, and Simsbury.

8. We just moved to a bigger store!

Our Glastonbury store recently moved to a bigger location right across the parking lot. Come check out our new space, at 41 Hebron Avenue in Glastonbury.

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Yes, I Have 2 PopSockets And Yes, It's A Way Of Life

Pop, sock, and drop it

I have been a follower of the PopSocket trend for almost two years. I have to say, and I'm not just being dramatic, it has changed my life. However, I've only had one until Christmas, and let me say, two is better than one.

I know what you're thinking, "Why in the world do you need two PopSockets?"

Well, here's the story:

I have always had a PopSocket on my phone. Since I first got one, I haven't been without one for longer than a week because I didn't like the feeling of not having one. My friends and family know how obsessed I am with them. Because of this, both my mom and best friend got me a new one for Christmas. Rather than picking just one to use, I thought, "Why not use both?" My plan was to use the both of them for a week or so and then take one of them off, but after a week had passed, I realized the many, many benefits of having 2 PopSockets.

Why is two better than one?

Having two PopSockets gives you a better stability when it comes to taking a selfie, making a phone call, or even just holding it. If you're anything like myself, you're probably known for being clumsy and dropping your phone basically anywhere you go and any chance you get.

Having one PopSocket already gives you a better chance of not dropping your phone in a rain puddle, but imagine how much greater the chance of not dropping your phone would be if you had two PopSockets?

With TWO PopSockets, the ability to prop my phone up has been expanded. With one PopSocket, my options are limited. I can either prop my phone up and down, or on its side. However, with two, I am able to do both. One is great for FaceTime and checking texts, emails, and social media. The other is great for YouTube videos, Netflix, and phone calls. Why settle for one when you can have two?

While doing some research for this article, I found out that PopSockets donate 10% of their online net proceeds and 10,000 PopSockets to support the people fighting Parkinson's Disease, as apart of their Do Good initiative.

As if I didn't love PopSockets enough, their support of Parkinson's Disease makes me proud to use my 2 PopSockets with confidence.

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10 Of The Craziest Retail Stories Told By Retail Workers Who Do This For A Living

The customer is always right, except when they're wrong and they're always wrong.


Every sane, retail employee has a love-hate relationship with their job. As a retail employee myself, it's mainly a hate relationship. My manager and coworkers are the only reason, most of the time, that I don't quit or strangle someone. (I had to put that so my manager won't fire me). Back to the customers, sometimes they're absolutely amazing, and those stories will be included, other times I swear they're out to get me. Retail employees see some of the best and worst in people, these are their stories. DUN DUN. (Law and order reference because I need to emphasize how horrible retail is).

1. The flirt.

"Once I was working and my coworker had this slightly weird customer. He kept looking at me but he wasn't my customer so I kind of ignored him. Then as he was leaving he walks up to me and very creepily says goodbye sweetheart."

- Anon

2. The "Mentor."

"I recently had a customer not even talk to me about shoes, which is what I sell, he just kept telling me I was gorgeous and he was going to 'wine and dine' me and get me into the medical program at an Ivy Leauge school. I mean thanks but no thanks."

- @katymoe_ (Me!)

3. The one who just wants her number.

"I don't know if this is crazy but I've had a lot of people ask for my number at work."

- Anon

(P.S. don't ask people out in a place where they'll feel scared to say no).

4. The one where she cried.

"This happened on two separate occasions. Once a guy gave me $100 to buy school books and I sobbed because it was so sweet. Another time a woman gave me $20 for being so helpful!"

- Anon

5. The customer who thought she was a joke.

"I just had a customer blow up on me because I said his monthly car payment would be $400. For a truck. He isn't going to do better. He said I should be a comedian because that price made him laugh."

- @lexxrioo

6. The guy who definitely lifts bro.

"He started doing push-ups, while we were talking. He just took his shirt off and did push-ups. He came back the next day and did it again. I just wanted to sell him a car."

- Justin

7. The customers who want more discounts.

"I wouldn't consider this crazy but customers always ask what the price is and if they can get any more of a discount."

- Zach

8.  The public urination.

"I had a customer just start peeing. On the ground, outside, while I was talking to her. PEEING."

- Vinnie

9. The Grabber.

"I had a guy grab my wrist and drag me around the store, I worked at. I've had other touchy people but he really creeped me out."

- Anon

10. The things my boss has seen.

"So I asked my boss what his worst retail stories were and he sent back this: 'Dead employee in the bathroom, dead guy in the dumpster, thief taking off shoes and running away barefoot, sick employee throwing up in deep fryer, lady pretending to be handicapped and pretending the endcap fell on her (video showed her running into it 5 times on purpose). Need more?'"

- Scott

*Responses have been shortened and clarified, names have also been removed for privacy.

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