Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Crazy Wonderful Perfectly Imperfect Event

Our day began with a line of loyal customers waiting to get into the new shoppe.  Once we unlocked the door, the day took off like a rocketship and didn't slow down until after 2pm.  Customers were in love with the new place....I mean in love with it!  The end result.....our best retail day ever!  EVER!!  This is our 3rd annual Fall Preview Party and they are always well received, but we've never had an event like this one.  It was just over the top, nothing short of phenomenal, incredible, wonderful!  I just can't say enough about it. We sure felt the love, and hope you did too..

Our business is entering a new phase of growth, I can feel it and you can almost hear it clicking.  Thank you so much for all the encouragement and support, I can't possibly express how much it means. 

So many wonderful things have happened over the past week including a visit from a distinguished guest....exciting news to share about that later!  Hard to keep this one under my hat....but I will for now.

Okay, I'll stop yammering long enough to share some photos from our Fall Preview Party. 

Here are a few photos that I took just before we opened.

Can you believe we built out this entire space in just 3 weeks?

Now, here are a few pics after we opened the door.

The line at the sales counter extended over 50' during the early hours, my sincere apologies for that, we were positively overwhelmed!  We were expecting a good turnout, instead we had an overwhelming turnout!  Thank you for being patient during the craziness, we will do better next time.  The turnout for our events is amazing, but what makes it truly amazing is that we do not advertise at all.  Our advertising comes only from the bloggers and word of mouth.  Isn't that something?... 
Now, time to do some ultra major restocking and twirl the shoppe into shape again for First Monday.   We get to do this all over again in just 3 days!  Isn't it fun?

I will have more photos to share with you very soon.

One last note....I created a new Facebook business page just this morning that will allow me to share lots more with you.  Please join us here.

Have a great week.


Lori said...

congrats on the GRAND opening. Now are your hours all week or just first Monday weekends?

Theresa said...

Congratulations on a fabulous opening!!! Everything looks absolutely beautiful, so it is no wonder that you did so well! Love all of the pics, can't wait to see more and hear your big news! Theresa xoxo

White Rose Cottage said...

Never seen anything like it in my life! Your store is amazing and we didn't mind waiting in line one bit!

House by the Sea said...

OMG! We had such fun! Your store is the most amazing place I've ever shopped. See you again in October!

Carol said...

Your shoppe looks glorious! Glorious. Wish I was there....Congratulations on your wonderful event!

Lori Lucas said...

Your pics just make those of us that can't be there more and more anxious to get there! I just told my husband last night that I was going to your shop this fall. Now I am more excited than ever! Congrats. You've got the eye! Lori L

Lee Laurie said...

Congrats on your Grand opening! Wish I lived closer...I would've been there too!

Amy R. said...

Congrats! What an awesome looking place! I am glad you did so well. I knew you would and wish I could have been there!

Picket Fences said...

Congrats LA! It was so nice to see you again! We loved everything about the new shop and can't wait to come back! It was all we talked about last night!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

LaurieAnna, You have such wonderful taste and beautiful style I knew this would be a success. I am so happy for you!
Congrats. xo, Sherry

Claudia said...

Congratulations, LaurieAnna! How I wish I lived in Texas (at least so I could visit your shop!)


The Green Pea said...

LaurieAnna, congratulations on your opening! Your store looks wonderful. I can hardly wait to visit you next time I come to Texas.
I wish you a restful Sunday and a good week. sandi

Elsie said...

Congratulations Laurie you certainly deserve an over whelming
response to your opening. Yall worked so hard in such a short period of time. It looks amazing
and I just wish I could have been
there. I hope to be there the last part of Oct.,but what are your
opening hours?":O)

slommler said...

What a wonderful event!! The pics are awesome!! I am so glad that you were pleasantly overwhelmed!! But I had no doubts!!
Have a great first Monday!!

Life In My Nest said...

Well, shopping with you all the time made me think I knew what to expect. How wrong I was! It was that and soooooo much more. Your shoppe and your creativity is all I've thought about since I left. You are truly a gifted person. Even in church this morning I let my mind wander to "how could I get rid of everything in my house and make it look like LaurieAnna's shoppe". You are inspiration times ten.

Carol said...

OOooo, can't wait to see this in person!!So glad you had such a good selling day, that makes it all worthwhile,huh?? Congrats on this new space, it looks awesome in the pics.
Carol in GA

Hillcrest Acres said...

Wow, Congratulations!! I was drooling over the photos.

Becky C said...

My heart ached yesterday to know this was going on without me:(
But I'm sooo happy it was a huge success!! I knew it would be nothing less. I still say, visiting your shoppe is an experience no one ever forgets. So, I will be there Friday...and I can't wait to see you (and all the pretties). Congratulations, you're certainly my inspiration.
Becky C
Buckets of Burlap

Sharon T said...

Congratulations on your successful opening. I wished I lived within a day's travel to visit your shoppe. I hope in the near future to make a trip there just to visit your store. Love your online shopping in the mean time. Thanks for the fantastic items at very affordable prices.

Meg said...

OMGosh congrats on this amazing store, I'm drooling at all the eye candy! I already see many things I would have pounced on!

Yea for a successful day! I'm following you now!

I'm sure hoping you can stop by my blog for a fabulous giveaway!



Jennifer said...

congrats!!! I love it!!! I wish I could be there to shop!

molly said...

So Excited for you!!! I pouted all day yesterday because I was not there. I am so glad it was a wonderful day - I will be to see you next month at First Monday! til then I am loving looking at the pics!!! Congrats!! I can say I knew you when you had one 10 ft booth - hehehe
WAy to GO!!!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

We had the best time and found such beautiful goodies! You have created such a gorgeous shop! You should be very proud! I look forward to returning over and over again!

Thanks for a wonderful Saturday ALL of you!


James @ Valde said...

I love the feel of your shoppe. It has such a nice warmth to it.