What a wild and wooly year.
I've had entrepreneurs in my family all my life. My aunt and uncle are in real estate. My great uncle owned an antique store. My mother had a restaurant. I've always known how much work entrepreneurship is, and I always swore I would never go into business for myself.
Just over a year ago, I officially opened my doors to the public. Because life laughs in the face of your plans.
And what a year it's been. It's been by turns exhilarating and exhausting, terrific and terrifying, fun and frustrating. Along the way, I've met some of the most interesting women and men I could ever hope to, learned from them and laughed with them. I've made the kind of lifelong friends that become family.
I spent 15 years as a higher education professional, and I still miss my students every day. But every day, I'm also reminded that I made the right decision setting out on my own.
We're hosting this party because I could not have done it without the continuing support of every one of you. People have been beyond generous: bringing me lunches, toiletry samples, painting chairs?!? When I opened with the goal of serving the community with a different kind of yarn store, I never imagined that the community of makers would be so welcoming and generous in return.
I hope you'll join us this Saturday to celebrate our first birthday. You mean the world to me.
P.S. I wasn't kidding about the dance party. If you get there at 11:55 you'll see us shaking our butts before we unlock the doors.