I have to give the entrepreneurial persistence award to Joanna.
Within the first hour of being at Thompson Falls, she approached me and asked if I wanted to see her shop up the hill. I told her I would come, but I was going to visit the falls with my friends. Upon walking back up to the main falls viewing area 15 minutes later, there was My Joanna, asking me if I wanted to see her shop now. Now mind you, there are 20 shop stands at the falls, but My Joanna was really working the crowd. I told her I need to go get some lunch, but that I would be back. A couple of hours later, upon returning from our hippo walk, a group of shop owners were resting by the road. I must have been 100 yards away – but Joanne gets up from her group, and walks into the center of the road and asks me again if I would like to see her shop – how could I say no?
Her shop is 30 feet away and has walls and a ceiling, but no electricity – so my friends and I shop by cell phone light. I buy a ceramic dish with a giraffe on it for my good friend and business mentor Joe cause he has given me two giraffes because he says giraffes are lucky and I believe him.
Joanna, or My Joanna, as I like to call her, is tenacious but pleasant, focused and setting a great example for her twin girls. So the first annual My Joanna award for best sales person goes to Joanne, the sharpest shopkeeper at Thompson Falls.