Chapter 405: Celebrating the Official Opening
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Wen Xinya did not show up to the opening ceremony of Lanxin Cosmetics because she wanted to avoid running into familiar faces. She did not want her identity as the owner of Lanxin Cosmetics to be exposed. However, she managed to catch a glimpse of the entire ceremony in Si Yiyan’s car.
Wen Xinya booked a private dining room in Ninth-Heaven and invited Li Mengjie, Qiu Yifan, and Ouyang Feng to dinner to celebrate the official opening of the Lanxin Cosmetics store.
“Let’s toast to the official opening of business!” Li Mengjie exclaimed confidently. She then poured a glass of wine for everyone.
Qiu Yifan said, “We’ve been preparing for such a long time, and we finally opened for business today. Of course we’d have to celebrate.”
Wen Xinya raised her glass and exclaimed with a smile, “Cheers!”
Ouyang Feng and Yan Shaoqing clinked their glasses together to produce a crisp sound. Everyone was in a joyous mood.
After exchanging toasts, Wen Xinya refilled their glasses and said, “You guys deserve credit for allowing Lanxin Cosmetics to open for business so soon. It’s been hard on you guys. Here’s a toast from me to y’all.”
She then chugged the glass of wine in her hands.
Everyone applauded joyously.
Li Mengjie was extremely agitated and began chugging several glasses of wine. Qiu Yifan grabbed the glass from her hand and scooped her a bowl of hot soup instead. “It’s bad to drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Fill yourself up with some soup first.”
Wen Xinya stared at Qiu Yifan and teased. “Brother Qiu, we’ve all drank alcohol as well. Why don’t you show us some concern too!?!”
Ouyang Feng then scooped a bowl of soup for Wen Xinya and said meticulously, “Xinya, here’s some soup for you.”
Li Mengjie turned red with embarrassment at the teasing.
Qiu Yifan was not at all embarrassed. Instead, he even continued helping Li Mengjie to the dishes and said, “Ignore them. They’re just jealous because you have someone who cares about you.”
Everyone burst into laughter, amused by how thick-skinned Qiu Yifan was.
Li Mengjie then brought up the details of the opening ceremony. Staring at Wen Xinya in immense excitement, she said, “Xinya, you should have told me that Teacher Zhou would be coming today, so that I could prepare myself mentally. You have no idea how flustered I got when Teacher Zhou asked me if I had already selected someone to cut the ribbon. I almost embarrassed myself.”
It was a great honor to be able to invite Zhou Huiyan to attend the opening ceremony of Lanxin Cosmetics, let alone have her cut the ribbon.
Wen Xinya chuckled and said, “Aunt Zhou only mentioned that she would be bringing her friends along with her to the opening ceremony. I didn’t expect her to offer to cut the ribbon either.”
It was truly contrary to her expectations. However, she had received a pleasant surprise. She thought to herself,
Li Mengjie nodded and said in a moment of enlightenment, “Oh, I see. Did you know how many reporters were there for Teacher Zhou? The headlines tomorrow are definitely going to be something along the lines of ‘Goddess of Grace Zhou Huiyan Attends The Opening Ceremony And Cuts The Ribbon For Cosmetic Store’!”
Wen Xinya chuckled and said, “Aunt Zhou is very influential in the city, without a doubt.”
Zhou Huiyan had become a role model of the upper-class society of the city. She had impeccable etiquette and poise, which many socialites and heiresses yearned to possess. She also had an incredible sartorial sense and was the role model of many.
Staring at her regretfully, Li Mengjie said, “It’s such a pity that you couldn’t attend the ceremony.”
“I didn’t attend it, but I witnessed the ceremony from afar. You did way better than I expected,” Wen Xinya answered, swirling her glass of red wine slowly and gently while leaning sluggishly against the couch.
Li Mengjie smiled and remarked, “Frankly speaking, I was really nervous at the start, but I didn’t expect that I would become much calmer the moment I stepped onto the stage. I was really surprised by how composed I was.”
“How did the guests react to the products?” asked Wen Xinya, who regretted not attending the opening day of Lanxin Cosmetics.
“Most of them were greatly impressed, but there were some who were rather indifferent and doubtful. Most of the guests were fascinated by the decor of the store and the unique packaging. Here’s the recording of the store opening. Watch it later when you’re home!” Li Mengjie explained, handing her a disc that she had retrieved from her bag.
Wen Xinya grabbed it and stowed it away in her bag. “How many sets of products did we manage to sell today?”
Li Mengjie smirked mysteriously and said, “Make a guess!”
Staring at the smile on her face, Wen Xinya knew that they had made great sales. “At least fifty!” she answered.
Given the hefty price tag of the products which cost more than one million yuan a set, it was a luxury item that not all could afford. Hence, fifty sets would be an impressive amount. However, the prices were considered rather affordable in the luxury cosmetics industry.
Li Mengjie grinned and stuck her thumb and index finger up before answering, “84 sets! We’ll probably be able to recoup our capital in at most a month’s time.”
Wen Xinya was still rather worried about making enough sales when she first decided to make Lanxin Cosmetics a luxury cosmetic brand. To her surprise, she managed to build a reputation for her store because of the unique and exquisite decor, which in turn, gave others the impression that Lanxin Cosmetics was a prestigious and affluent brand. Moreover, their partnership with Floral Lingo Pavilion had also helped build their foundation as a luxury brand. Finally, she revealed her trump cards—Du Ruo and Old Mr. Du. And Zhou Huiyan’s appearance was the icing on the cake.
Everything had been planned out meticulously.
Wen Xinya said in astonishment, “I didn’t expect there to be such great sales.”
Li Mengjie smiled and said, “I didn’t expect it either. I only realized now that there are so many wealthy people in this world.”
Only the mega-rich would bear to spend more than a million yuan on cosmetic products. Although everyone was looking forward to what products Lanxin Cosmetics would launch, there were only so few who had the ability to purchase them. Most people actually purchased the products in hopes of trying them out.
Wen Xinya smiled and said, “Gu Junling has already shared the information of Floral Lingo Pavilion’s clients with us. We’re going to recommend products to customers based on their skin conditions. Hence, we must be very careful with that and we mustn’t make any blunders.”
Although the Traditional Chinese Medicine skincare products were mild and gentle on the skin, and would not cause any irritation or allergic reactions, Du Ruo mentioned before that the effectiveness would be maximized only when used on the suitable skin type.
Li Mengjie grinned and said, “Don’t worry, the staff has already memorized all the product information and they know it like the back of their hands. I’ve also tallied the information with the clients who have purchased the products. Hence, there won’t be any issues.”
Wen Xinya nodded, greatly pleased with Li Mengjie’s performance.