I know this isn't a real warm and fuzzy topic but, I feel I need to address the issue of Copy Cats. In my 10 years in business, it's happened here and there to us...another store grabs a line we did the hard work to find at market or they replicate a promotion, copy product ideas, etc. But in the last several months, I've seen similar content to our business now once to twice a week on social media from a few local stores and artisans. The worst offender, by far, tho lifted an image I took in my store and then copied verbatim the copy I wrote for the product!
The top image is from my site, the bottom is from the store down the street. I consider this stealing. I also consider the behavior I've been seeing from multiple stores and artisans to be un-befitting of small business owners. Honestly, I'm not looking to ruffle any feathers, but giving these people (because obviously they are reading this) the advice another store keeper gave to me in my 1st year...Be different, Mind your own business, and work hard.
And a message to my customers, just yesterday, a lady told me how much she enjoyed visiting each local store in town and seeing what was different. My goal, from day one is to keep bringing unique content to you with fair prices with an atmosphere that everyone is welcome.