Sunday, November 28, 2010

St Giles Niche Market followup...

I have had a few folks ask me how the recent Niche Market for St Giles went.
Well, I thought I would simply let the pictures tell the story.
We have been involved with this great local market since last year and will continue to be a part of it as long as we can.
This first picture is from just after setup - there is perhaps almost the same amount again in product ready to restock under the table.
This second picture is about 3 hours before the market finished on the second day.  There was one candle left and a handful of individual soy melts at the end of the day.
It was an amazing weekend with so much support and energy from the lovely locals who came to visit.
I am just sorry that I didn't get to do any Christmas shopping at all!
Now it's just a matter of having to make more to restock sanctum and to get ready for Christmas! 
It has been a challenge with our own suppliers being sold out during the Christmas rush.
We are trialling some new smaller frosted tumbler candles as well as a limited release ceramic range.  Will post pictures and more information soon.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

you're ok....I'm ok....we're all ok....

After being in this great industry for a while, you get to see patterns emerge.
I believe we are hard wired, in this day and age, to feel that to take care of ourselves somehow constitutes selfishness or vanity.
Often the people who need some care the most, are the ones who are constantly caring for others.  They get so busy looking after others, they forget, or don't feel entitled, to lend a helping hand the one person they spend the most time with....themselves.
I love to see when I finally get these folks on my treatment table and for the first time in a long time, they stop.  They breath and they relax. 
That's not to say that they don't fight me the whole way mind you!
Gift Voucher are a great way to make this happen for someone like this.  Usually they won't spend money on themselves so a family member or friend must do it for them.
We are getting better at feeling OK about looking after ourselves, but there is still some ingrained resistance out there.
I liken it to our cars, our computers, our ipods, our brand new Gucci bag - generally, we're going to care for these things and if something goes wrong, we take it to be fixed right away.
I figure that we deserve the same care and consideration!!
It's OK to look after yourself so you can get the most out of life.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

finding our 'niche'....

Over the weekend, sanctum was involved with the St Giles Niche market at Inveresk. 
Taking this opportunity to reach a large number of the public, we held a draw to win a 2 hour spa package.
With an amazing number of people keen to try their luck (we had over 130 entries!), there could only be one winner....
Congratulations Conny!!
Conny has been lucky to win the following treat:
Fragrant Foot Soak & Scrub
Himalayan Salt Back Exfoliation Treatment
60 Minute Massage
Aromatic Spa Facial
Conny had been notified and we look forward to performing her winning treatment soon.
Well done and thank you to all who entered.

welcome to sanctum

Welcome to the first sanctum post!
We are very excited to be able to create an online space that allows us to interact more personally with our Clients, Friends and Guests.
The sanctum blog will be the place for people to come to find out up to date information, news and promotions.
Keep an eye on our Monthly Specials for some great Christmas Gift Ideas and don't forget our newly online website for more information on our services.
The Team at sanctum would like to take this opportunity to give our deepest thanks for the amazing support and incredible enthusiasm we have received for this venture from all those around us.  It has helped us to create the space we wanted and to get a great start on building our business.  Thank You!