Business at the store didn't seem to be blooming today. Maybe the reason why was because everybody was startled from yesterday's counterfeit bust couple blocks from us. The police seized more than $1 million in counterfeit items and temporarily close 32 illegal Chinatown stores. Customers would probably prefer to avoid the mess for the timebeing.
From opening to the afternoon, there were ten customers. Although there were not large purchases, 8 out of 10 customers had one thing in common; they purchased our vegan bacon strips. It started off with one of our regular customer purchasing two pieces and she introduced to the next customer. Somehow the bacon message spreaded throughout the neighborhood and by noon time we had to restock the shelves again.
But that is not the end of the story. By the time I awarded the bacon as our best seller of the day, one of my VIP customer came into the store and asked to exchange 7 pieces of the bacon she purchased a hour ago. There went my motivation for the hot seller of the day. Her reason for the exchange was because she was not able to read the Chinese ingredients and did not trust that there were completely vegan. Good thing I was able to read and translate all the ingredients (soybean protein, mushroom stem, salt, sugar, and vegetarian seasoning) for her. She called her husband and announced that she'll be bringing the VEGAN bacon home tonight. Without any hesitation, she took the bacons and said goodbye.
You always hear people in movies say "Honey, I'm bringing home the bacon tonight!" But at the vegetarian store, you hear customers say "I'm bringing home the VEGAN bacon tonight!" It seems like strange statement, but it's definitely something I won't get tired of hearing.