Local Home Shopping is Here!

Most of us are familiar with the home shopping channels on TV. I’ll even admit to shopping and using them from time to time. Let’s face it, they do have some good things. Many years ago, after I was in a car wreck, and getting around was painful, they were very helpful to me.

Fortunately, some of our local shops and boutiques in Southern Illinois are offering a shop at home option in response to the current pandemic and its associated restrictions on businesses.

Local favorites Perfectly Posh and Splitting Image Boutique, both in Marion. are doing live shows on Facebook similar to those the national shopping channels but on a much smaller scale. People can comment that they are purchasing an item and specify if they will pick it up or have it shipped to them.

The Rusty Nail in Salem, a craft and gift shop, has a personal shopper option. People set up a Facetime appointment to have someone walk through the store and help them to shop.

Hopefully, many of the local shops we know and love will be able to keep business going with some of these options until we get on the other side of this COVID-19 thing. Please remember that although these may not be the traditional ways of shopping, we still have some options to shop local and support our friends and neighbors.

Please visit the links below to locally owned shops, markets, and more in Southern Illinois. You can also access these via the ASOSI app or the menu of this website. Ones that have recently been known to offer some type of shopping access during this pandemic are notated with an (*)

Please let us know any ones we have missed so that they may be added…

Local Shops https://asliceofsouthernillinois.com/local-shops/

Markets https://asliceofsouthernillinois.com/markets/

Artisans https://asliceofsouthernillinois.com/local-artisans-crafters/

ASOSI Around the World

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What do all of these countries have in common? Visitors from these countries have used the ASOSI app and/or website this week for information on Southern Illinois. We love being able to share this special region of God's creation with the world. ❤ When you are planning to visit Southern Illinois, be sure to check the sections of the menu for links to unique and wonderful locally-owned restaurants, lodging, and shops. You can also find events, sites to see, and more! The app is free on Google Play and the Apple App Store. #asliceofsouthernillinois #ASOSI #tastesofsouthernillinois #southernillinois #visitsi #travel #tourism #events #shopping #shoplocal #lodging #recipes

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Calling Local Small Businesses…

It happens. You plan and prepare. You anticipate. Then life intervenes. That happened to me a weekend ago. I had been looking forward to attending the Southern Illinois Made Expo since I first saw it advertised. Unfortunately, my body needed rest after maintenance chemo on Tuesday and trying to push through my regular schedule. Consequently, I spent Friday night in the ER and missed church, the farmer’s markets, and the expo… So I did not fill up my business card pages with info as I had planned to do.

I had high hopes of putting names and faces with products made in Southern Illinois that might fit well into some of the gift sets that I am creating. Specifically, I will be looking for small quantities of wholesale pre-packaged Southern Illinois items like teas, snacks, serving dishes, spices, non-alcoholic beverages, and possibly some locally authored books. I am open to other suggestions. Please email me at asliceofsouthernillinois@gmail.com if you would be interested in this type of exposure for your product.

Another mission I had for the expo was to meet with people interested in being part of the inaugural Slice of Savings Passport Program. The Slice of Savings Passport is designed to be a win-win situation for both customer and the business. It is inexpensive advertising in the form of coupons and will be accessible via the ASOSI app and this blog/website.

There seems to be a lot of evidence out there that people are more inclined to try something new if they have an incentive, even small, such as a percentage or flat amount off of a purchase. Others just like the sport of couponing.

Still, there is no need for that to leave the business with a loss. It is possible to offer a deal that is a win for both the business and the customer.

If you have a locally owned (roughly, South of I-70) small business that would like to participate or know someone who does, please email asliceofsouthernillinois@gmail.com

(If you use a marketing agency, it can appoint someone to be your authorized representative to place your coupon ad. A Slice of Southern Illinois is not an advertising agency but is offering a simple, inexpensive tool meant to be accessible to small, local businesses. We would love to work with them as an additional tool they might utilize to better serve you and our community.)

See the mock Savings Slice ad for an example:

https://asliceofsouthernillinois.com/savings-pass/

ASOSI Is Here!

It’s still a work in progress, but the ASOSI (A Slice of Southern Illinois) app is now available for free download (link in this post.) Links to local restaurants, sites, shops, and events are being added daily. It may take a while to load even a fraction of the wonderful things to see and taste in Southern Illinois..

You can also access this blog and the feed from the Facebook page on the app. It is for Android, Apple, and desktop fomats. If you have suggestions of locally owned Southern Illinois restaurants, shops, or family fun centers, please submit them via message on the Facebook page or in the comments section of this post. 

Check out my new App I just created with Apper builder!

https://app.igenapps.com/2074965