Friday, August 15, 2008

What a difference a day makes!

Our opening day....I don't even know where to begin. How do I express the gratitude, the overwhelming feeling of appreciation I have for our loyal customers. I was astonished, and moved, at the distance that some customers drove to visit.....Austin, San Antonio, Waco, Frisco, Dallas, Spring, even Shreveport La.! Just for our store opening! How do you say thank you for that? Words just don't seem like enough.

The decision NOT to advertise the soft opening to anyone but our current customers was by design for two reasons. First, to allow us the opportunity to spend the day with our long-time customers, many of whom have become personal friends (and see if you would travel to see us when it was not a First Monday weekend *smile*). Second, to give us a chance to work out any functional bugs before attracting larger numbers. The decision was risky, one from which I felt the weight last night with a touch of anxiety. What if the decision not to advertise resulted in low to zero attendance? What was I thinking?

Well, let me tell ya, with the day now passed I can only say.....WOW! We were blown away by the attendance, in fact between 10am and 1pm our counter was so busy and the store was so full that it felt like a Spring or Fall show at First Monday....just absolutely, "off the charts" amazing!

I'd like to extend personal thanks to my hubby for taking a day of vacation to pitch in!; to Jason for thoughtfully having lunch delivered to us - (we would have gone hungry otherwise!); to Deanna for sending me the fabulous floral arrangement, and once again to our customers! You are what make this business wonderful and so worth it!! From the bottom of my heart....thank you, thank you, thank you!!



Note: We are open tomorrow, Saturday, from 10am - 6pm but will be closed on Sunday and Monday. Our official days of operation are Thur - Sat 10am - 6pm. Please drop by and see us!


Tina said...

What a pretty and sweet post Laurie~ so you! Monica and I loved today, it was a wonderful. The store is awesome~ I'm so happy I get to be a part of it...



Kat said...

Dear Laurie Anna,

Your store is all we have talked about this evening. Like I told you today, I've never seen anything like it. It needs to be published and I have no doubt that will happen very soon as it is amazing! I will be back next weekend with my sister and mom, can't wait!

Kat (Plano)

Anonymous said...

I love the shop! It is totally amazing....just like your booths in the arbors only better! I'm bringing Crystal down one day next week (she couldn't make it today). I'm so excited for you...loved seeing the whole gang....been missing you guys!
Blessings and Hugs!

Sweet Repose said...

Congrats, what a wonderful shop...why is Texas so far from Ioway...not just a hop and a skip you know.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Anonymous said...

hey laurie, im in complete distress. i need my whole house furnished, i intend to stop by the store this week to do some shopping. im glad u are there for all of us in the same boat. but since this is josh, ill just complement you and willie on an awesome store.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Congratulations on your wonderful opening !! I can't wait to see your shop~ I just know it is beautiful !

Betty R. said...

Dearest Laurieanna,

It was a joy to meet you in person today. Your store is so inspiring and far exceeded our expectations, it is magical.

We enjoyed chatting with you this afternoon and will visit again in a couple of weeks. Both you and your store are charming. Thank you for the wonderful afternoon!

Betty R
Athens, Tx

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Congratulations on the opening! I wish I lived closer, I've daydreamed about visiting Canton and now knowing you have your own store makes me want to hop in the car and head out there in the worst way! Darn the miles!


Connie said...

Oh I want to come. Maybe when I head to Austin. Good luck and really enjoy your site.

Anonymous said...

Hey Laurie....Sandy and I would love to have you and Willie come up Monday to see our remodel. I left you a text and voice mail. Give me a shout! I'll say it again....I love, love, love the shop! Your style has been an inspiration to me with our remodeling. Hope to show it to you soon. Dinner's on us Sandy said! Hugs! Patti

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

Congrats! I am so happy that everything went well for you. I knew you would have an awesome turn out. I have seen the crowd surrounding your booth at Canton... and have even asked, "what's going on? is she giving free-stuff away?"

But, people were just there shopping because they love your stuff!!! Congrats again. xoxo, Joanna

Janet Hopkins said...

The store was absolutely glad I stopped by to visit. I know I will be returning soon to shop for more treasures.

Congrats on a beautiful store!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Wow Laurie, I know you were just blown away. I can't wait to see it, I'll stop by when I'm in Canton. A few birdies that came to Austin told me how beautiful it was!! Congratulations, Theresa

Gigi said...

Hi Laurie,
You're store is just beautiful, and it was such a pleasure to meet the 'real' you after enjoying your blog for the last few months. Your shop (and booth at First Monday) were a topic of great interest among friends over dinner Friday night -- everyone agrees that you're shop is awesome and we're all looking forward to visiting again asap!

Anonymous said...

hey laurie, i want to thank you~ you to willie, i see you back there. i was glad to be at least able to help a little. the store is great, but not nearly to be compared to yourselves and your examples to others. anyone stopping by the store will not only find a great place to shop, but will also meet some of the best people on planet earth. and yes laurie, take it as a complement. > just josh