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Welcome to The Clopen Effect - A Funny Retail Podcast! Join us weekly as we explore retail with real-life stories and a touch of personal flair. Our lineup features fantastic guests, including local business owners, seasoned retail professionals, and the occasional surprise guest. We're Basically Famous®!
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It's been a long week, Meredith doesn't sleep, Cassandra is a great sleeper, some couples are super loud at the store, loud laughs, SAL-MON, gas prices are high again (gross), how do people do it with RVs, the not-so-great chicken picture, light-hearted and funny ways to close an email from Chatgpt, thank you to Mandy from Old Navy "May your coffee…
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Meredith just woke up from a nap two minutes before recording and keeps yawning, air fresheners, we talk about everyone’s side hustle and some random ideas from ChatGPT, we talk about budgeting, you have to think you're craft is the best to sell it at a craft show, Meredith no longer plays scratch-offs, and Cassandra no longer has credit cards, Con…
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Tuesday was rough, we need a vacation, the lady who spoke too much, Cass and Meredith are getting tattoos from JCDurtArt, https://www.facebook.com/jcdurtart, go to the concert, what the word RETAIL means according to ChatGPT All the Clopen links: https://linktr.ee/theclopeneffect Support us here to keep us recording: https://the-clopen-effect.capti…
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The anonymous salon owner and talented hair stylist friend share fun stories about the 'whatever' lady who wants only 7 highlights, the lady with the tic on her ear, learning how to do hair on a cadaver, perms are definitely back, and mustaches are fire! Meredith's new book here: https://a.co/d/1TBStVH All the Clopen links: https://linktr.ee/theclo…
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We are back after 2 weeks! Cassandra had a couple ER visits (yikes!), Meredith wears her eyeshadow up to her eyebrows, and shopping cart colors have a meaning Meredith's new book here: https://a.co/d/1TBStVH All the Clopen links: https://linktr.ee/theclopeneffect Support us here to keep us recording: https://the-clopen-effect.captivate.fm/support B…
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Let's talk BBQ, grilling, smoking, and brisket! Dan and Erin own Midwest Smoke BBQ, LLC, and they share a couple of secrets on how to achieve one of the best briskets and burnt ends around! Join us for a fun conversation, then visit their website to see where they will be next and contact them about catering your next event! https://midwestsmokebbq…
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Keep a joint on you as an alibi, we are so professional on the Anxiety podcast and then have to get funny on the Clopen, Meredith is worried about Kate Middletown, there are a whole bunch of conspiracy theorists, super weird news, movie mentioned was 1991 Cape Fear Meredith's new book here: https://a.co/d/1TBStVH All the Clopen links: https://linkt…
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What a fun interview! Fresh from Spring Training, Patrick and Barb (Noote Partners) are here to talk all things baseball! Baseballmapper.com bio: "Over 20 years ago, Cory and Patrick first met at a pizza shop, working up a sweat during busy nights in the northern Chicago suburbs. In the years that followed, the two long-time friends would always sp…
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Cassandra and Meredith are back together at work, Cassandra called off on Meredith's first day, it's 'prebiotics', it's 'Gilmer', Cass is watching Gilmore Girls, there are no normal hours in retail, Meredith doesn't miss driving, the woman with the eyebrows, common phrases for retail (eh, they weren't great), Meredith can't find Shamrock Shakes, Ca…
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Cassandra is on her way to Florida, Meredith's son sounded like her, you just have to find your person, work anniversaries, receiving points to buy stuff, didn't miss a day in 20 years, give us more paid time off instead of gifts Music by Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting, released on June 29, 1989 Meredith's new book here: https://a.co/d/1TBStVH A…
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Cassandra offended someone on the TTok, Meredith accepted a new job, Cassandra has a pigeon at her house because her cell phone service was off, the lady that talks about "Who TF did I Marry," the old lady choking on peanuts, Cassandra gets shin cramps after drinking wine, Baby B is so cute! Meredith's new book here: https://a.co/d/1TBStVH All the …
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Courtney is here! We talk roofs, windows, siding, doors, and gutters! We also talk fundraising, bacon on the Blackstone, free quotes, and Kevin. Find Courtney and the team here: https://innovativehomeconcepts.com/ Meredith's new book here All the Clopen links: https://linktr.ee/theclopeneffect Support us here to keep us recording Buy merch here bec…
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"Passion"! We are inspired by Jon's dedication to his craft and the vibrant skateboarding community he has cultivated at Fixion Skateboard Skate Shop! With laughter and a renewed appreciation for the thrill of the ride, this episode celebrates the cool spirit of skateboarding, owner Jon Harvey and Fixion Skateboard. Fixion Facebook: https://www.fac…
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We buy fancy soup crackers now because we have jobs! Cassandra has been going through some sh*t so we check in with her. She is also on 8ft mushroom resets, forgot about the important meeting, and had to see the dentist for a sore tooth. Also - we talk about bread and butter. Meredith's new book: https://a.co/d/i4e8z8D All the Clopen links: https:/…
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We are so excited Geri is here! She answered our questions on insurance billing, coding, and which pharmacy to choose based on your insurance plan. She is here for you if you have any questions! Email Geri here: Tusie217@gmail.com or visit FB: https://www.facebook.com/HealthInsuranceSimple Meredith's new book: https://a.co/d/i4e8z8D All the Clopen …
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This was the most random of episodes, and we loved it! We talk about Meredith's new book, Cass' grandma, Cass finding an old newspaper article from 1950, if retail had its own awards show, Meredith's friend that fell asleep, and we recorded an episode of Pet Loss Anxiety on Anxiety Makes Me Poop Podcast Meredith's new book: https://a.co/d/i4e8z8D A…
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Meredith is an author, Cass was the first to buy her ebook!, Clopen wasn't the original name for this podcast, the top questions we hear from customers, Meredith couldn't find the bread, Cass sings 'Surprise, Surprise!' and her dishwasher uses 11 gallons of water, Cass explains Hobby Lobby's pricing, finish and pay Meredith's new book: https://a.co…
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The new dishwashers, Happy birthday to Sarah!, which appetizer are you bringing to the party, and what NOT to do at the company's holiday party All the links: https://linktr.ee/theclopeneffect Support us here to keep us recording: https://the-clopen-effect.captivate.fm/support Buy merch here because it's cool: https://www.zazzle.com/store/the_clope…
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We recorded this one earlier in the year! Mental health check, corporate walking stores, top selling items at the grocery store, many of us love sugar, breakfast foods, don't drink so much orange juice, we're not making bread into hotdog buns, household cleaners should be a little higher on the list, condiments, pre-made sandwiches, Cass' homemade …
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Let's get personal! Johnny might eventually find out that we talk about him, Meredith quit buying coffee and lottery for 2023, a hand cart, cranky days, instant karma, lead in our dark chocolate, is it our age?, Hershey squirts All the links: https://linktr.ee/theclopeneffect Support us here to keep us recording: https://the-clopen-effect.captivate…
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Different brush strokes for different folks, Lexi is a great art teacher, Meredith has a cow painting from one of her classes, shoutout to Nordic Brew and their fabulous staff, Lexi hangs out now at Creative Edge in Twin Lakes, Kid's and traveling art classes, Lexi's early memories as an artist, trial and error, never be afraid of making a bad pain…
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Jen is here from Jenuine Coffee Roasters! Jen loves to create all the amazing flavors of coffee and tea! She talks about her inspirations, her favorites and coffee trends. Use code CLOPEN23 to save 15% off your order here: https://jenuinecoffeeroasters.com/ Find Jen here as well: https://www.facebook.com/jenuinecoffeeroasters All the links: https:/…
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We are thankful for you, f***ers! Joe Rogan's episode on health, going out to eat, the difference between service and hospitality, we are always late, we are always rushing, please don't ask us why we are visiting a city, stay safe while traveling, car rental companies, Grandma Dar is in town!, call your mom, service is specifics tasks while hospit…
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Do you use a 'work name'?, Meredith's daughter does now (Jill)! Coffee flavors; maple, hazelnut, vanilla, almond, cardamon, orange, gingerbread, pumpkin, orange, and cherry, teacher breath, the giveaway from last week, food to eat with coffee, Cassandra's Starbuck's story (and she calls him out!), mask-fished, Meredith's customer story All the link…
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Our live event was a great success! Thank you to everyone that listened and commented! We chat about keeping your resume updated, bad managers (is it really their fault!?) and surviving the holidays! All the links: https://linktr.ee/theclopeneffect Support us here to keep us recording: https://the-clopen-effect.captivate.fm/support Buy merch here b…
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Katie is back this week to talk travel tips, life in Italy, feelings about Italy taking in many visitors, a quiz on cheese, and her Florence and Me podcast *Now is the time to book your dream vacation experience with Katie, @truly_italy!* "This we can promise: Authentic Italian experiences with locals, Artisan meet and greets, Food & wine excursion…
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Katie brought wine and homemade cookies! The yogi culture may have changed, Reiki healing in CA, sunbathing your bottom, we like our day jobs, the 2 year plan, Katie is looking forward to moving to Italy, high mortgages, what percentage of the US are millionaires, retail hasn't taught us math, Katie's last trip to Italy, travel trips, monkeys, when…
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Nikki Weed is here this week! She joined us in see-thru pants (oops!), we talk about her job at Ed's Plants, the job she lost, job hunting, using different sites to apply for jobs, top selling pumpkin beer and polka dots So many great gift Ideas from Ed's Plants here: https://edsplantshop.com/collections/giftable-goodies All the links: https://link…
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Jennifer and Lynn are here from Studio D Jewelers! You can find them on the Woodstock Square at: STUDIO D JEWELERS 118 N. Benton Street Woodstock, Illinois 60098 815.337.2015 info@studiodjewelers.com HOURS: Sunday - Monday: Closed Tuesday - Wednesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm Thursday: 10:00am - 7:00pm Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm Saturday: 9:00am - 4:00pm All…
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We give you a quick recap of Brianna and Rob's wedding, Justin Wallace performs 3 songs for us including an original! We ask almost all the questions - Justin's inspiration to start playing and singing, his favorite bands, memorizing lyrics, his first tune "Drowning" is on SoundCloud (justinwallace27), Justin works a bit of retail, all of us can't …
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Wow! What a fun time! Dave Winiarski of Johnsburg Food Trucks and Lucas Matthew Music are here! You can find Dave and the Johnsburg Food Trucks at 2315 W Church St every Wednesday in the Summer. Visit their Facebook link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091546492326. We will see you for the summer's final party on Wednesday…
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Grocery Shopping Etiquette! We share our listener's stories and visit AI for more information on being a better, patient, and efficient shopper. Also, we had a few drinks. It's been a long week. Lol All the links: https://linktr.ee/theclopeneffect Support us here to keep us recording: https://the-clopen-effect.captivate.fm/support Buy merch here be…
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Cassandra tells us about her vacation in Florida, all of our listeners are back!, we asked our followers 'what's the best way to plan a day in retail?', the ladies that forgot their luggage, ChatGPT and Vedhq help us plan for a day in retail, Meredith shares a crabby customer story, Cassandra shares the difference between millionaires and billionai…
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Meredith is writing a book and Cassandra calls her an overachiever, 5 reasons you may want to quit your job are: you need more room to grow, you're experiencing troubles with your boss, you feel undervalued, you feel unmotivated, and you notice a high turnover rate, Cassandra is always setting up displays, when pallets hide in the backroom, we shar…
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Huge announcement on this episode but keep listening anyway! Also, what did people eat years ago? How did they get their food? How did they preserve and cook? What time did they eat dinner? Who invented baking powder, baking soda, wine, wax and burritos!? What was sold in a General Store? What did the word Grocery mean back in the day? Who invented…
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Top 50 fast food restaurants from QSR Magazine and our listeners' favorite places, listen to the Anxiety Makes Me Poop podcast, and bridezillas All the links: https://linktr.ee/theclopeneffect Support us here to keep us recording: https://the-clopen-effect.captivate.fm/support Buy merch here because it's cool: https://www.zazzle.com/store/the_clope…
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We asked you 'Which popular jobs in the 1950s are almost gone today?' and we share your answers! Also, '20 jobs in the 1950s that are almost gone today' from Business Insider All the links: https://linktr.ee/theclopeneffect Support us here to keep us recording: https://the-clopen-effect.captivate.fm/support Buy merch here because it's cool: https:/…
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Meredith was not quite feeling it the last 2 weeks, Cassandra hopes everyone has taken most of their vacation time, the boss that denied days off, spending time with family and friends, take more than just a long weekend, the job was there before you and it will be there after you, don't love the job, love what the job gives you, Cassandra had no d…
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Unedited - Coughs, mistakes, and all! The top 30ish condiments used in 2023, reading the responses from our socials, we really shouldn't be using ketchup after the age of 12, Meredith can't talk about pig roasts, 'compliments', why there is a shortage of Sriracha Support us here to keep us recording: https://the-clopen-effect.captivate.fm/support B…
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Come tour Italy with Katie and the Clopen Gals! Learn a little about Florence, Italy and a lot about Katie's travels and credit card use. Katie is a great storyteller, shares funny stories of relationships and her love of Italy. Thank you for listening! Vieni in giro per l'Italia con Katie e le Clopen Gals! Impara qualcosa su Firenze, l'Italia e mo…
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Why do we want every town to look the same?, highway signs and Cassandra's conspiracy theory, blue Toyota, colors of the alerts, Silver alert is issued for older adults with cognitive impairment, Amber alert (AMBER stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, The acronym was created as a legacy to 9- year-old Amber Hagerman), Blue al…
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24 hour cancellation notices and policies, wood burning gifts and slate coasters are the best, you can only use our logo and sayings if you are giving us the item as a gift, we live on coffee, Johnny's 'wig' and the dunk tank, Cassandra gets all her news from the Tok, she didn't want rainbow air, we will be owning a venue in the future All the link…
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Cassandra talks about paying the taco truck people, Meredith took Benadryl prior to recording, we talk the difference between SKUs, UPCs and Barcodes and how they are created, dad still has a flip phone, barcode generator and shapes, Aldi barcodes, inventory, the alien RV, AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY CASSANDRA! All the links: https://linktr.ee/theclopeneffe…
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Meredith traveled for work, the interesting date, don't steal shopping carts, where carts go when they die, the alignment test, top tools we use in the industry, Meredith fell at a race, sharpen your carpenter's pencil the correct way, movie mentioned was Catch and Release, the perfect tool for burying bodies, some info borrowed from https://www.po…
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Hi all! The Clopen Effect hosts are so excited to introduce our first episode on AMMP! Please download Anxiety Makes Me Poop Podcast to listen! If you can't find us, email us at anxietymakesmepoop@gmail.com and we will be sure to get it uploaded to your podcast app! Same hosts, same energy and a lighter look into life's heavier topics. We have a lo…
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When did we start wearing pajamas to stores, warning about those that sleep in the nude, history of pajamas, Cass witnesses another crazy driver, advantages and disadvantages of self check outs All the links: https://linktr.ee/theclopeneffect Support us here to keep us recording: https://the-clopen-effect.captivate.fm/support Buy merch here because…
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We can finish each other's sentences, introducing our new podcast 'Anxiety Makes Me Poop' arriving in June, Cass has the most hilarious story, According to the FDA some sugar substitutes are “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS), all the sugar substitute facts from familydoctor.org, another driving story, Meredith can never pronounce words, some su…
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Driving all day long, we were supposed to have guests, nicknames for our customers, co-worker nicknames, the cute belt, slurs for co-workers that act like managers, discount managers are the middle managers, some managers write the schedule all day, answering the manager phone, 47 snarky things you wish you could say to your co-workers from resourc…
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Nikki is here! We talk e-commerce, Amazon, Ed's plant shop AND Meredith surprises Cass and Nikki with a plant quiz from amexessetionals.com Companies mentioned on this week's episode: Ed's Plant Shop - https://edsplantshop.com/ - Use code BAGELTIME10 to receive 10% off your total order. Elevate Brands: Sassy Cups - https://tinyurl.com/SassyCups Eli…
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If you haven't yet, please listen to part 1 of Name Droppin' Nick, Flawless Diamonds Co then join us here! Nick owns a shoe store in Schaumburg, watch out for fakes, Nick has us covered for any shoe donations, no window shoppers here, a store front in Chicago is expensive, no questions asked when clients purchase, the $80,000 engagement ring, the M…
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