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#175: Best in Showroom | March 2014


March Mayhem
By Emily Dolloff

Spring is almost here! Normally, March is the month where many of us are itching to see some snow melt, or perhaps you’re taking these weeks to grab some final runs up on the slopes. If you’re lucky enough to be our southernmost location, maybe you’re just hoping for another sunny day!

This month at Small Dog, we decided it was time for new changes and excitement, so we are launching March Mayhem from 3/1 – 3/31! During the entire month of March, all of our retail locations will be offering weekly specials as well as a “Half Ass Bracket” contest that starts March 17th and runs through March 28th.

Even if you don’t care about NCAA/March Madness you’ll want to enter — fill out your final four choices and the winners of the last three games of the playoffs, and you could win a pair of Beats headphones and a Chill Box speakers! And, as a special bonus to you — our local customers — if you enter in-store, you have a chance to win a $400 Small Dog gift card! This contest is available both in our stores and on our website, so if you do both, you’ll have more chances to win!

We’ve had a tradition of rotating issues back and forth between our stores (e.g. sometimes you’d see an issue from our S. Burlington staff, and then the following month would be from Waitsfield), but as our locations have grown, we recognize that our readers are now located all over New England and now Florida.

We don’t want readers to have to wait months to hear about what’s happening in their local store, so starting this month, you will see bits of information from all of our retail locations! Each issue will contain a variety of information on anything from store events, staff bio’s, community events, and of course, new products!

We hope that you enjoy our new format and of course, don’t forget to stop by our stores.

Thank you for reading!

Emily Dolloff, Director of Retail & Service Operations

S. Burlington In-Store Event: 3/17
By Emily Dolloff, Director of Retail & Service Operations

Monday, March 17th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm come kick off March Mayhem with us in style!

This special event will allow you to mingle with our Mac experts, enter to win our $400 grand prize in our bracket contest and sign up for special giveaways!

We will be raffling off some special prizes in our store every 15 minutes, and if you wear your favorite team’s jersey (whatever you’ve got!) or something green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll automatically enter you in the nights giveaways.

Of course, we will have food and drinks to keep your bellies and soul happy while you mingle with other Mac enthusiasts.

Mark your calendars — you may get lucky on the 17th!

  • March Mayhem/Bracket Contest Kickoff!
  • March 17th, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • 100 Dorset St
  • S. Burlington, VT

Beats Pill 2.0 Portable Speakers
By Riane Tyler, Sales Associate, Key West FL

Small, no cables and **BIG sound for up to 7 hours!**

This speaker is daisy-chain capable, with aux in/out for a great extended party sound, and of course, wireless connectivity for the ultimate beach get-together here in Key West. Sure, the Beats Pill 2.0 is super small and ultra portable, with no wires, but these are not shortcomings! These speakers are capable of being the receiver you need for your home audio system, so you’re always in control of your sound — no matter what you’re doing or where you are.

In addition to sound, you’ll never miss a beat, because taking phones calls is as easy as (key lime?) pie with the built-in microphone. The multifunctional “b” button gives more controls and freedom from your mobile device. Want to cover ground with your sound? Just tap two pills together and the Synchronized Play with NFC technology allows them to play the same song wirelessly (portable surround sound!).

Plus, you don’t have to worry about being the DJ and texting directions to the shindig with new the charge-out port. That’s another way to charge your mobile device while you use it. Ultimately, Beats have some new changes making this product PACKED with options. Also available in 6 different colors and the Rose Gold collection, making it perfect for anyone in love with booming portable.

Come on into our Key West store and check our huge selection of Beats headphones and speakers!

Something New Every Week!
By Zach Shields, Assistant Manager, Manchester NH

Some of our readers may have noticed that our Manchester store started offering weekly specials late last year. It’s been such a success for getting a variety of great products at great prices into the hands of shoppers that we’re now running sweet weekly specials at all five Small Dog locations!

These specials could be on anything from a cool new keyboard to Beats by Dre headphones, and even Macs or iPads! Our staff is always looking out for awesome gadgets to put on special and we take pride in telling everyone about our favorite items.

Keep an eye on Kibbles & Bytes, Tech Tails and Facebook to catch the latest weekly specials. Better yet, come in to one of our retail locations and ask an associate what the big deal is this week.

Increase Productivity on Your iPad mini
By Stephen Andrews, Sales Associate, Waitsfield VT

We already know that the iPad mini is an incredibly versatile and powerful device, customers rave about its palm-sized footprint and ease of portability. Going from an iPad 2 to the iPad mini myself a year ago, I found that because it’s so small, I actually use it more!

As Mac enthusiasts, we are always looking to get more out of our products and increase our productivity even more, with the new Zagg Folio keyboard for iPad Mini you can take your mini to the next level! The Zagg folio features a two-in-one design, offering not only a case for your iPad mini, but also a backlit keyboard!

For the month of March we are offering this case at $20 off! Normally $99.99, grab this incredible case for just $79.99! this month, in-store only!

New Product Arrival
By Daniel Hollister, Sales Associate, Waitsfield VT

Kanex Wireless Bluetooth Multi-Sync Keyboard

This Kanex keyboard gives many Mac users the one thing we have been asking for for years; a Bluetooth keyboard with a numeric keypad! As an added bonus, this keyboard can connect to 3 devices at once, run your Mac, your iPad and your iPhone all from one work station.

Customers have been commenting for years that they wished there was a wireless solution for a keyboard that wasn’t bulky, but still has the numeric numbers and one that is wireless. We are thrilled to have this new product landing in our stores and can’t wait to show it off!

On sale this month for $49.99.


Customer Testimonial

Recently Danielle of Manchester, NH shopped in our Mall of New Hampshire location and had this to say about her experience:

“I just recently bought a MacBook Pro from Small Dog in Manchester and wanted to say that they have the best staff!

I’ve been going there for a few months now to buy little things here and there, but the MacBook Pro was my first big purchase. The man who helped me — I think it was Mike — was really helpful in telling me the differences between all the Macs.

I’m beyond happy with my choice! My last Mac was with me for six years and I’m excited to have a new one that I’m sure will last just as long! Thank you for having such a great team at Small Dog in Manchester!”

New Faces around Small Dog!

Meet Emily Giddings!
Rutland, VT store

Emily is fairly new to the Rutland store, and started with us early November. She resides in Brandon, Vermont, and went to school at Otter Valley and then UVM.

Not only does Emily work for Small Dog Electronics, but in addition, she works on her family dairy farm in Florence, VT. She is an iOS specialist at the Rutland store, and is eager to help in any way she can.

Did you know that our Rutland store offers a free introduction to iOS 7 class on Fridays at 2pm? Come in and visit us any time!

Meet Jamie Willis!
Rutland, VT store

Jamie Willis is born and raised in the Rutland area. Community involvement is very important to Jamie, so a job where he can meet new people and get reacquainted with the community was just the job he was looking for — and he found that at Small Dog!

Most of Jamie’s duties are retail and consulting-related but where he excels is in the OS X operating system. If you have any questions about Snow Leopard all the way up to Mavericks, Jamies your guy!

Additionally, Jamie has extensive knowledge on our headphone manufacturers and iOS 7. He teaches the Friday classes on OS 10.9 Mavericks for computers and on iOS 7 for iPhones and iPads.

Stop by and the team will be sure to take care of you and look forward to meeting you all!

March Printer Special

Canon Pixma MX522 Multifunction printer, with AirPrint! $99.99