My shop comes second to these kids. I have figured out a nice little niche here at the shop with my hours that i am open. My "home" days are Mondays and Wednesdays which means the shop is closed. My "shop" days are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-3, which allows me to be home when the older 2 get home from school, and Fridays 10-5, then the sitter has them when they get home from school, and my hubby has them all day Saturdays.
I really feel like it's been a good compromise, both at home and at work. My customers have come to know my shop hours, and my kids don't seem to be suffering (except for the phone call last week that Mason's best friend decided to clog the toilet at school with a bunch of paper...........but that was a friend, not mine!)
I don't have a partner at the shop, it's just me, myself, and I. I do have a couple of girls that will work here and there for me when I need a day off, or have something to attend to, but no, no full or part time employees.
My landlord put a horrible "FOR SALE" sign on my front gate, so half of my customers think I am going out of business!
She's had this house that my shop resides in on the market for 2 years, and so it just sits here, and now has this ugly "FOR SALE" sign up, it's been up for 2 months now.
Anyways, there has been alot of thoughts racing thru my head the last 3 months, and I would love to blame it all on my landlord, I'm going to blame it on some other things going on as well.
The economic situation we have at hand. I have talked with fellow shop keepers close and far, and we are all suffering. It might be light to some of us, and more for others, but we are, and it's true, alot of your favorite shops are struggling to pay the bills and keep their shop open. So, we little shop keepers ask you to keep us in mind when shopping for the holidays, even though the big ones tempt with all the coupons, but us wee ones, take the time to hand wrap your little treasures, we love to chit chat and hear about your day, and love when you ask us about ours!
So, now that i got that off my chest, i wanted to tell you what this letter to you, my fellow reader, what is happening to me.
An opportunity has arisen for me to move my shop.
Now, let me tell you here and now, NOT close, but move my shop.
I will go into further detail later, but I will let you know that the shop will have more of a cozy feel to it, it will also be closer to home, and for me, it will let me spend more time with my kids.
You will walk through a lovely garden to get to the shop, and yes, the hours will change.
"Tell me, Tell me" you scream! All in due time my friends, all in due time.
But, for the time being I'm still here and here , and will keep you abreast of the changes that are to come.