I have a friend who is seriously into K-Pop music, or Korean Pop music which are boy bands and girl bands from South Korea. I have little knowledge of them myself, but my friend Tim is very into these groups and had a very hard time finding US size t-shirts for the bands.
He came to me about finding a line of these tees and helped me with product descriptions since I have absolutely no clue myself about these groups. I don’t even care for American pop music, I’m more of a rocker girl than pop so I needed Tim’s help with this line of products.
He says that he has a ton of friends who are into KPOP music so we set up a whole category for these boy and girl bands. They do have fun logos though! Even if you aren’t even into their music the logos themselves are interesting and very creative. So I had a lot of fun getting these tees set up on the site just based on the graphics.
So check them out, https://www.southofmemphis.com/collections/korean-pop-music-tees-or-k-pop and if they are groups you are into, the sizes range from U.S. small to 5x!
Oh, and yeah, Tim’s already bought some of them and is very happy with his purchases!
South of Memphis used to be a side gig but as of January 15, 2018 it will be my main job and my old job as graphic artist and marketing manager for a national flag company is now my part time gig. We found a great lady (Hi, Liz!) to take my place 4 days a week and I’ll be in the office every Tuesday there and work from my South of Memphis office the rest of the time, so I can focus more on growing the business.
Funny how things turn out but my boss, Kerry McCoy, a woman who built her business with just $400 more than 40 years ago, is very proactive and supportive of her employee’s striking out on their own and following their dreams. She’s more than my boss, she is a mentor and a friend.
You don’t find many business owners like Kerry, you can check out more about her at www.flagandbanner.com click on the Radio Show button and see how she helps other entrepreneur’s share their stories or visit her blog www.bannerisms.com. She truly wants to help people grow and share their success with others.
As for me, I am focusing this year on growing South of Memphis to carry more than just t-shirts, I’ve been adding some rather interesting products to the site for my fellow nerds, geeks, wonks and super fans. My collection of video game tees has grown by leaps and bounds this last month for example plus many new movie and tv show tees from new licensing agreements.
So, here is to the new year and I look forward to sharing the journey with you this year.
Everyone who has ever bought anything from South of Memphis, here or on my Etsy or Bonanza shops, thank you! You are empowering small businesses (and a fellow person’s dream) when you shop stores like South of Memphis rather than the big dogs like Walmart, Target, Hot Topic and Amazon.
If you are anything like me you are eagerly awaiting the release of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. When I saw the first GOTG I wasn't sure about it. I went into it a little skeptical because it wasn't one of the comics I was familiar with and the "talking raccoon" threw me in the previews. My husband, who had read the comics assured me it wasn't as incredibly weird as I thought it was going to be.So I sat down with my popcorn and coke, next to the hubby and the first minutes of the film was...not impressing me much to say the least. And the "UP" style sad ass beginning didn't help. Hard to eat popcorn when you want to cry for the kid. But I squirmed a little and after a few more minutes I found myself being carried away with the story and by the end I was in love with the odd mix of "heroes."
Baby Groot at the end of course...well that was just the cutest damn thing ever. You cannot keep from smiling when you see him dancing in his little flower pot. I mean come on, you have no soul if that didn't make you want to grin at the very least.
So I've been looking forward to this new film and it seems so are my customers! My top seller is the Cute Baby Groot tee that I added in January to the site and to my Etsy store. He is sort of exaggerated like a bobble head or a Funko Pop doll with big Anime eyes. Go take a look...and buy him! Come on, look at those eyes! You gotta have him!
The offical storyline that the movie company published for the new film simply says:
"The team struggles to keep its newfound family together as it tires to unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage in the outer reaches of the galaxy."
So that will be a fun theme to follow in the film plus there is to be a nod in the soundtrack to Star Wars as well...with David Hasselhoff? Er...okay? Curious.
I just realized that I haven't posted on my blog since October...not that anyone else noticed either. (I swear there is an echo.)
But I thought I should probably post something. We have some new products coming soon to the site. A lot of Harry Potter licensed tees along with several other new licensed and/or exclusive South of Memphis designs.
One thing you may have noticed is that we no longer offer certain styles of t-shirts we used to offer. The reason was because our supplier couldn't keep them in stock, didn't update inventory with us easily and started charging an exhorbant fee per month even if all you sold of their products was 1 a month. It cost you more than the cost of 5 shirts just to sell the 1 shirt and that just wasn't worth sticking with them. I loved their designs and color choices but I just can't justify the costs.
So, we have a few hundred less tees on the site now but we still offer quite a few products that I think customers will enjoy.
It should surprise me but I've become accustomed to the economic slow down shortly before Presidential election day. In several of my jobs over the years in retail especially I've noticed how the economy slows in the last weeks before election day and for a few weeks after. It becomes a time of uncertainty for buyers though should it be? It isn't as if the new President even takes office until January after all.
It isn't a revolution it is just basically a changing of the guard. Well, maybe this year could be revolutionary depending on who wins either way it will be different for America. The first female President in history or the first non-poliitician to win the Presidency in even my parents lifetimes. Either way, this doesn't mean the economy or life should stop and hold its breath. America will continue as always no matter who wins. So why the sudden slow down? Human nature I suppose. We all fear change even minor ones to some degree.
I talk about this because I am not only owner of South of Memphis but also work with a couple of other businesses and also have friends who are business owners. We have all experienced a slow down this month in orders and new projects if we mostly sell within the US. Now the business my husband works for has a global sales presence and it is overwhelmed with orders at the moment but not as many domestic as foreign. So they are doing great and that tells me that the U.S. election cycle is what is truly affecting the downturn in the smaller and local businesses I know.
Hopefully with the Christmas season coming up this will change in November but October is looking to be a slim month for many small US businesses.
Just keep plugging at it though, it'll swing back around. It always does.