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Kim P Saturday 21 February 2015 at 17:18
| Post #431 |
|Subject: Beautiful Spring / Summer Clothes|
After reading on the forum that new stock was arriving I rang the store yesterday and knew from the excitement in Kimís voice that the shop would be full of lovely new designs so decided to pay and visit and so pleased I did. The shop looked wonderful with splashes of vibrant colours, both colour block and patterned complimenting the classic designs.
I am delighted with the Tomo tunics in the waffle material, the sea foam green colour was beautiful and the black is a staple. The orange scarf purchased will go lovely with both. Kim was as usual the trouser queen and the Brand leggings she recommended are so comfortable and will get lots of wear.
I would have been so disappointed if I had left it and visited in in a couple of weeks to find my size out of stock in those Tomo tunics, I did not realise that for many styles you only have one in each size. I know you often post that new stock flies out but I saw it for myself today, it was lovely to see so many happy people leaving delighted with their purchases.
I hope to pop in again in a few weeks when more new arrivals will have appeared. Thank you again for the excellent service!
| Emma Monday 23 February 2015 at 15:54|
Thanks for your post, and lovely comments! It was lovely, as always, to see you on Saturday. You got some gorgeous things, and, sad to say, deprived other people of getting them.
The wicked truth is (as I have alluded to before in this blog) that we try every trick in the book to make our store more interesting, and create the need to buy our clothes. This means that on the one hand we try to buy as wide a variety of different styles (buying fashion in a 'wide but shallow way'-lots of styles, but low numbers of each). The by-product of this kind of buying is that when you see an item in store that you like, it's a good idea to snaffle it up straight away. It's likely to be the only one in that size, and once it's gone, will never be seen again.
I know this can be a bit of a nuisance to our customers, but it does mean a continual stream of different and varied clothes, and a healthy competition which (I am being really honest here!) is very good for business!
Some of our customers have asked us to phone them when the new collection comes in, and they dash in to get ahead of the rest of the field. Not a bad idea, and it's one that's open to everyone. All anyone has to do is phone 01273327240 and tell us what you are looking for. We will do the rest...
Angela Brown Tuesday 17 February 2015 at 08:26
| Post #430 |
|Subject: Website |
I like the new home page but where will I find pictures of this sseason's stock?
| Emma Wednesday 18 February 2015 at 22:02|
Thanks for your post. Yes, it's that time of the season. ...the time when we get more of the actual stock in the store than images for our website!
However, we have got some images which we are busy collating, and should be here on our website soon.
If you are able to come into the store you will find some gorgeous things that have flooded in. This season is a hum-dinger!
There are some lovely colours:red, turquoise, cobalt blue, denim blue, green, purple and black and white.
I love this time of the season - you really don't know what stock to expect next!
Emma Friday 23 January 2015 at 09:10
| Post #421 |
|Subject: Red Friday (and Saturday)|
Anyone thinking of visiting Brighton on this bright and crisp January day may be encouraged to do so by the thought that today and tomorrow we at Emma Plus are having one of our rare Supersale events.
A riff on the recent high street 'Black Friday' events (but far better), we are having a stock clearance sale. Due to the warm autumn, we find that we still have some gorgeous winter stock which we have to clear in order to make room for all the fabulous summer stock we have on order, and which is, even as I write this, flooding into store.
This is a very beneficial combination of events for the discerning customer. ...A sale offering lovely winter clothing at amazing bargains (we are offering 20% off sale prices), and the cold winter weather in which to wear them straight away!
To add to the delights, we are also offering 10% off NEW stock-just for the next two days.
We look forward to seeing you in store!
Emma Thursday 04 December 2014 at 12:02
| Post #420 |
|Subject: Emma Plus Winter Sale|
As luck would have it, just as the weather has taken a turn for cold, we will be having our Winter Sale!
This year, our sale has more knits than ever before. There are black knits, long knits, shorter knits, colourful knits, soft knits, smooth knits, light knits, heavy knits...knitted skirts, dresses, jumpers, jackets, tops....you name it! All awaiting the cold weather we have been promised, and all at incredibly low prices!
Along side these gorgeous winter warmers we also have lovely Christmassy dresses, jackets, tops and dresses for those planning on attending a smart occasion this year.
To complete the picture, we have our usual supply of lovely everyday beauties: trousers, tops, jeans etc.....again, at super-low prices.
We open the doors to our wonderful winterland Sale on on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th December at 10am.
For those with an interest in gorgeous plus-size clothing, it would be wise to attend....!
| Kim P Sunday 21 December 2014 at 11:54|
Hi, I imagine it has been very busy the last couple of days! Will the sale be continuing after Christmas?
Hope everyone has a great festive season.
| Emma Sunday 21 December 2014 at 18:01|
Yes, you're right: our sale continues with a vengeance after Christmas. We will be re - opening at 10 am on Saturday 27th December.
This year, because of the unseasonably warm autumn, we have some absolutely gorgeous knits and coats, the like of which almost never make it into the sale. They are heavily reduced, just in time for the real cold weather to set in.
I can thoroughly recommend calling in to have a look after Christmas, if you haven't done before.
Happy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year to all our wonderful customers.
| Kim P Monday 22 December 2014 at 20:43|
Thanks, I may try and come down on the Saturday!
| Emma Saturday 27 December 2014 at 00:46|
Oooooo. ...It would be lovely to see you, Kim. I'll tell the girls. ...There are some fantastic bargains to be had-I hope you make it in.
Emma Thursday 27 November 2014 at 17:37
| Post #419 |
|Subject: Our Competition|
Now that we are in the competition fortnight, I can reveal what it is!
Our fun competition is an updating of the graphics we used to play with when we were children-the dress the dolly game!
We have three models ('Kim', 'Anne' and 'Emma'-there is a reason why I have put our names in quotation marks-), who are on our magnetic board. Alongside them are all manner of gorgeous clothes and accessories that have been supplied by us this season. The object of the game is to dress the models in the most flattering, yet original way. The participants can have as many attempts as they like. We will pick the top three entries (originality is key: all duplications will be disqualified), and these three will be placed on our Twitter and Facebook page. Then the public (one vote per person) will decide on the best outfit. The anonymous winner will receive their fabulous prize -the £100 Emma Plus gift voucher.
Emma Monday 24 November 2014 at 14:44
| Post #418 |
|Subject: Christmas Special|
This Saturday (the 29th November), we are going to have a lovely event at the shop. It's called our Christmas Special, and it's part of our 20 year celebration year.
We are going to provide refreshments and free gifts (chosen at random with some really exciting presents), but most of all, we are going to do a fantastic and fun competition.
I wish I could say what the competition is going to involve - but that would spoil the surprise! Suffice to say, however, that it's a fun, unique and creative one which will tax our customers' stylistic abilities to the full. The top prize for this will be a £100 gift voucher to spend in store, so it's a great way to have a few moments' fun, whilst having the opportunity to get some lovely new clothes for free!
Our doors open at 10am, and we will be here running our lovely Special Day until 5pm. We look forward to seeing you in store!
Kim P Sunday 09 November 2014 at 16:44
| Post #413 |
|Subject: The Shop!|
Hello Emma Plus ladies
I am so pleased with the beautiful Christina Felix coat I bought on Friday. Itís lovely and warm without being heavy. It looked so smart I decided to wear it to the Tower of London yesterday when I went to see the poppies.
It was great fun seeing the new QíNeel goodies being unpacked after the delivery man called. Kim couldnít contain her excitement and customers were buying the clothes before they made the shop floor!
When I was in central London out of interest I visited a shop Iíd heard about but it was so small you could not swing a cat in it and despite being made welcome by the staff I made a hasty exit.
It made me appreciate how pleasant and spacious the environment is at Emma Plus with plenty of room for customers both to browse and try on the clothes in comfort.
| Emma Monday 10 November 2014 at 20:44|
Thank you for your post, and as ever, kind words. I have to say, I did think you looked fabulous in the coat: a new collection for us. It was quite a smart piece, and I think perfect for going round to see the poppies, which I have heard are a superb spectacle.
It really makes me laugh when we get new stock in. Kim (and Anne and Olivia, but let's face it, mainly Kim!) runs around like a puppy that is let loose in a chicken coop! She almost goes blue in the face, and is hyperventilating!
Sometimes, when there is a customer present, I coolly turn to her as remark that it's a terrible pity that Kim just doesn't feel enough enthusiasm for her product! Occasionally, for a millisecond it's possible to see a look of disagreement pass over the customer's face, before the obvious truth that I am joking dawns on her! The truth is, we all feel the same enthusiasm, it's just that Kim can't help but show it!
Angela Brown Monday 20 October 2014 at 07:49
| Post #412 |
|Subject: Autumn / Winter. 14/15|
When will the website be updated with current season's styles?
| Emma Tuesday 21 October 2014 at 22:54|
Thank you so much for your enquiry. You might well ask! By now we would normally have all our lovely new autumn/winter images up.
However, due to circumstances beyond our control (i.e. lack of organisation, poor memory and increased workload due to our Trouser Day) we have been unforgivably tardy with the latest collection - which is unfortunate because the clothes are particularly gorgeous this season.
However, even as I write this, the elves and fairies are working around the clock to put matters to right, and we should be all ship-shape and Bristol fashion very soon.
| Angela Brown Saturday 25 October 2014 at 22:27|
You have some lovely things this season. I hope to be in sometimei. soon.
| Emma Wednesday 29 October 2014 at 17:27|
Thanks, Angela. ...yes, it's a very strong season. Look forward to seeing you soon.
Emma Friday 26 September 2014 at 12:57
| Post #411 |
|Subject: Trouser Day|
Have you ever bought a pair of lovely-looking trousers online, only to discover when they arrive that they look like someone has draped you in a sack from the waist down? Or gone into a chain store and tried on a pair that are supposed to be your size, only to find that you can only get them half way up your calves?
Have you ever looked at women walking down the street looking fabulous in pairs of trousers that fit them the way you can never get trousers to fit you? Or wondered whether you can pull off a pair of this yearís must-have styles? And if you could, where on earth would you find them? Have you longed to get the perfect pair of trousers to go with your favourite tops? You need long no longer!
Emma Plus is remedying these problems by holding our third Trouser Day. To those in the know, these incredibly popular events showcase every different shape, style and fabric of trousers, and bring together all our trouser-fit expertise in one place at one time. This Trouser Day is going to be on Saturday 27th September. We will open our doors at 10am.
As a special treat for our regulars, with every pair of our trousers you buy, you can choose from a selection of trousers to have a second pair half price! This half price offer lasts for the length of this season.
As with all our special events, there will be a lovely social atmosphere on the day, and yummy refreshments will be served.
Anyone spending over £100 will be given 2 hours' free parking at our next-door car park....
We look forward to seeing you in store.
Kim P Wednesday 17 September 2014 at 18:49
| Post #410 |
|Subject: Lovely A/W Clothes|
It was great seeing you Emma and Kim on Friday. I am so pleased with the clothes I bought and really lucky that Kim picked that Angel Circle top after I thought Iíd seen everything, itís the first top I have from that range and it is lovely. You are right when you say that new season stock is selling fast, a few items I would have liked to try on were already gone in my size!
I look forward to seeing when more of the NP curve tops come in. I think you must have one of the best selections Iíve seen as it seemed everything I looked at was really gorgeous, even those waistcoats you modelled so well!
| Emma Sunday 21 September 2014 at 07:20|
Hi Kim, Thank you for your lovely words. It was great to see you in the store this week. Yes, the new winterís collection is selling very fast. I think that the colours (cobalt blue, teal, navy, grey and purple) and the styles (simple silhouette with soft fabrics) that has been going down particularly well. I hope you enjoy wearing your clothes...
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