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Unique Service is the Key to Success Beverly Hills resident Ted Weiss shares her experience as a children's retailer. by Michele Lu Teri Weiss moved to Beverly Hills in 1980 to raise a fatal!i;.-Her daughter, Stephanie, is currently a sophomore at Beverly High and her son, Jeff, a 1999 graduate of Beverly High, is attending Occidental College. Weiss began working at the Elegant Child, a Beverly' Hills- based children's gift service, in 1992. In Februar), of this ),ear, Weiss became the sole owner of The Elegant Child ajqer she bought out her partner, Linda Clavin, who has retired aer 10 years. Q: How did you become involved with The Elegant Child'? A: Ever since my kids were little, I've been very active in the FlA. I wanted to do something creative that wasn't volun- teer; a little project to make extra money. I started selling my own gifts such as pop beads and music boxes, but what set me apart from other people was that every product I sold came beautifully wrapped. Linda Clavin was one of my clients and bought my things and then asked me to work with her at The Elegant Child. Q: How do you manage to run the busi- ness by yourself? A: My daughter is a big help. She's great with accounting. She's almost my bookkeeper. Sometimes it gets so busy but I just get it done. Sometimes it gets overwhelming but I don't really feel the need to hire someone else. I just work a lot harder. My main focus is on newborn gifts. I really want to focus on one area and do a really good job. Q: What's unique about your products? A: I believe what makes me different from other places is the service that I give. That's where I stand out. For exam- pie, if someone wants something mono- grammed, I run right over to my mono- grammer and have it done the same day. Doing these gifts for people gives me a lot of gratification. Money is not my motivating factor. Just a "thank you" makes me so happy. I spend a lot of time putting logether gifts for people. My most Q: What plans do you have for your business in the "future? A: I decided to go on the lnlernet four years ago but I get most of my clients through word of mouth. I would love to have more clients. My clients include celebrities and people from talent agen- cies and law firms. Right now, I'm very Doing these gifts for people gives me a lot of gratification. Money is not my motivating factor. Just a 'thank you' makes me so happy.   -- Teri Weiss popular items are monogrammed robes, blankets and musical birth pillows. They're a great alternative to flowers. The key point is that every product I send out, I want it to be a keepsake. If you give a friend a monogrammed baby blanket or doll, they're always going to remember you because you gave them a present that they will want to keep. My gifts arc time- less. content with being on the lnternet. I have over 40 pages of photos. People who are interested usually call me and I mail them photos of products or gifts [ have already done for clients. Ill Q If you want to know more about The Elegant Child, call 310.277,3131 or check out the website at www.elegantchild.com. The Telephone Conne,ction Serving Beverly Hills since 1988 Voice Mail Service Doctor's Service Local and Long Distance Phone Service "Follow Me" and Conference Call Service 310-789-79OO March 30- April 5, 2000 7