It's been over 3 weeks since we re opened our store. It's so wonderful seeing everyone and re connecting. We missed you!
My family, my employees and myself have thankfully been spared from the current wrath of this Pandemic. So was my business. The fact that we have to wear these masks, not our favorite, but we're doing it. We can't tell who anyone is when they walk in, so if we greet you as if it's the first time we've laid eyes on you, please don't be offended. For now, I'm just happy to be open, to see you all again, to have a few employees and to still have a business.
When you own a small business, or any business, it's a labor of love. If you don't go into it knowing that, you'll be very disappointed by your new work schedule. You are officially not an hourly employee. Get rid of the time-clock. You don't have a 9-5 job. You might not be on site physically but mentally you are there all the time. You're on overdrive, just sort of always doing what needs to be done. You think you're giving it everything you've got, of course you are... that's what owning your own business requires, until...
A pandemic gets thrown into the MIX. The world has closed, your business is closed, you don't sell food, sanitizing wipes or toilet paper. What are you going to do?? That was the question many businesses were faced with in March. It was a tough one and one we all had a different way of answering. I was lucky, thanks to your support, I was able to get through to the other side of this disaster and so far, we're ok. Some businesses were not and my heart goes out to them because I know - I just know. When you give so much of your self to something and it dies, how could a little part of you not go with it?
Thank you all for continuing to shop small, for supporting the community and the businesses that operate there and for reminding me every day of why I love doing what I do. I truly wouldn't be here without you.