We’re a tad excited this morning as it is rather a big day here at the Prepatorium. We have some exciting news to share with everyone, the specifics on that in a nanosecond.
As many readers know, things have become slightly hectic of late, due in large part to the remarkable growth at our little online boutique, the Preppy Princess, for which we are exceedingly grateful. Grateful not just because it lets us pay the minions needed to raise and lower the bridge over the moat here at the Palace (hee-hee), but because it allows our continued donations to Dogs for the Deaf (‘Rescuing Dogs, Enhancing Lives’), and Fisher House (‘Helping military families’).
Part of the Company’s longterm plan (and you know TP is nothing if not a fiend for planning) has always involved a network of strategic alliances with gifted, talented business professionals engaged in growing the company and their careers. This specific phase of The Plan was scheduled for implementation Q1, 2010 (aka First Quarter of next year).
However. (You knew there had to be one of these in this saga.) We like to believe we are somewhat nimble (one of the better buzzwords in MBA-land these days), capable of accommodating changing circumstances and seizing opportunities when they present themselves. For example, we believe deviating from The Plan to add the Lilly Pulitzer Stationery & Gift line to our inventory is an example of just such an adjustment.
And now we are deviating from The Plan once again.
We have watched the phenomenal growth of a young lady’s blog over the last year, marveling at her many skills as they became evident through her writing. We were fortunate in becoming acquainted with her as a customer, and then even luckier getting to know her as a friend. For quite some time both The Consort and I have quietly nattered on about what an asset she would be to The Princess, an ideal candidate for our first Strategic Marketing Alliance, but she was already employed and it wasn’t time to do this and-on-and-on-and-on.
But then her employment situation changed and she was available. But still, this was a good six months ahead of schedule and we’re already pedaling as fast as we can, and-on-and-on-and-on. Finally, the light bulb came on and we said, what is the worst that can happen? We have a conversation and somewhere in between the which-heels-are-better and have-you-seen-the- new-stationery-patterns we decide this is not the right time? Or it *is* the right time and we accelerate plans?
Said conversation was held and you may be amazed to learn there was very little discussion of heels. Or clothing. Or other frou-frou topics. And that brings us to the big announcement: The Preppy Princess, LLC is more-than-pleased to announce our strategic marketing alliance with Misadventures of A Newlywed’s Stephanie.
Stephanie is one incredibly bright, accomplished, articulate woman, the ideal fit with our mission for the Princess. We love the chance to work with someone so enthusiastic about everything we carry, as well as someone based in a different part of the country, the southeast. Not to overlook the fact Stephanie is a whiz at marketing, and has long carried a passion for precisely this sort of business; our arrangement offers her a chance at testing the waters in this venue.
We’re also excited about the versatility in our agreement with Mrs. Newlywed, providing plenty of flexibility as she faces both a significant medical issue and then a decision on pursuing fulltime employment while recuperating this summer. If all goes well and she loves it, Stephanie may have a new career and we may be even busier. But if it doesn’t turn out to be everything both parties hope, or Stephanie wants to do it in addition to other employment, that works too.
We already consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to work together in a field we love; we are even more grateful to be able to seize an opportunity and work with an individual of Stephanie’s caliber.