Month: June 2014

The Invisible Shopper & Wildfires

I was in a rather uninspiring airport waiting to connect to another flight and wandered over to a Liquor store. It was more of a conventional shop with a doorway as an entrance rather than open plan like most stores are these days. There was one shop assistant sat in deep concentration at the till. A good sign you might think but unfortunately she was not concentrating on at what was going on in the store. I crossed the threshold and decided to browse the offer. I admit, I was killing time but I may have been tempted. I...

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This Airport Stopped Me In My Tracks

Transiting in an airport can sometimes be a stressful experience, particularly if you have delays to contend with. Jumping off one plane and dashing to another can be difficult, particularly if you need to stop off at the odd shop or 2 to pick up those last minute essentials. When you are in this state of mind it takes something significant to falter your step. One store managed to do this for me. On a recent trip, I set a blistering pace to get to the other end of the terminal to the other to get to gate. I zipped past stores and dodged passengers, determined to reach my gate on time. Something happened though, something that made me stop, turn and look into a store. I even had to back up a little to get a full view. But what made me stop? Wow… The smell that was coming from the store was very impactful. I am not talking about the haze you sometimes get from the Beauty section, this was something even more special…. Chocolate. Now, my seemingly expanding waistline might give you a clue that I am a bit of a chocoholic. I eat far more chocolate than is good for me. I try to believe that as chocolate is derived from a plant it must therefore be part of the 5 fruits and vegetables that...

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