When I got to the store I knew right away that they answer would be easy. It would be an easy yes or an easy no. This is the kind of person the owner is. She knows what she likes and doesn't like and isn't afraid to say so. I love that - well, when it is not MY retail destiny on the line! I sat their shaking, thinking that she was going to tear it apart. I visualized my self fleeing into the street, dropping to my knees and screaming "WHY ME!" to the Heavens. However, I tend to have a flair for the dramatic (SO they say!). =)
Anyway, my favorite part of this story is what happened next. While she did not "tear it apart", she did, point blank tell me what was wrong with it. I was completely amazed at my reaction. I was able to receive what she was saying, take notice and together we began discussing possible solutions. A lot of this had to do with her delivery - kind, honest, helpful - the kind of advice you know is just to help you.
As I climbed into the car that afternoon I realized I did not feel defeated even though I left with my product in hand. I realized, yes, hearing what you did right can make you feel good. But hearing what you did wrong can make you better. I am actually looking forward to the next time a retailer tells me "no". That just means I will have more advice to grow on and next time... someone will say "yes"!