Monday, May 07, 2012

The Invisible Line

There have been several occasions since the day I began this business 7 years ago that we have crossed what I refer to as an invisible line of growth.  This show marked the beginning of one of those times. 
The incredible amount of goods that have left the Shoppe on the way to their new homes during this show is nothing short of miraculous.  Throughout the show, the crew and I would smile at each other and just shake our heads in amazement at the wonderful chaotic craziness that was taking place.  As I write this morning, I'm still in sweet shock!
 It's an odd thing to see something that you've worked so hard at for 7 years bloom so abundantly.  And the words that continue to run through my mind a hundred times a day are ....
thank you God.   
Any anxiety I had about taking on an additional 3000 square feet is long gone and has been replaced by a peaceful heart and mounds of creative energy for the new expansion.
I can hardly control my thoughts and find myself waking up in the middle of the night with ideas. 
The enthusiastic support of our customers and the advertising YOU do for us each month leaves me in awe.  Over the past few days I can't count the number of times a customer would tell us they were told about our Shoppe by a friend, neighbor, boss, family member, etc. 
YOU are our advertising and we are so grateful to you for that. 
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making the Shoppe what it is.  I may select all the products and create the displays, and the crew may work their magic in the Shoppe, but you create the energy and the buzz.  You give the Shoppe that intangible quality that is impossible to copy, you give it LIFE
Thank you for gifting that to us. 
Lastly, a huge thank you to my dream team of a crew. Without a doubt this is the best assemblage of people I've EVER had the pleasure to work with and
I feel compelled constantly to tell them thank you.
 My heart is so very full of gratitude. 
Thank you!


Nancy's Notes said...

What a beautiful post! Congratulations on the success of your wonderful and amazing shoppe! Your talent shines!

Hibiscus House said...

I with you Thank God. You are an amazing person with quite a lot of talent. I am not surprised and If I were closer would have loved to go to the show..Keep up the good work. I agree with Nancy above Beautiful Post.

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

That was beautiful as your Shoppe is. And the credit is for you. It is a GORGEOUS SHOPPE and I wish I lived next door OR within a distance to frequent it. "Love Your Style"!
Have a relaxing, fun weekend,

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Oh I love telling people about your charming shop...hope I can get by for the June show.


Kim from The Sheep's Nest said...

Congratulations!! Someday I will make it to Texas to visit your shoppe! I am coming up on the 1 year anniversary of opening my shoppe and the customers and friends truly are the backbone to success. Lots and lots of luck for all the amazing years to come.

Anne said...

You inspire me in so many ways.I am just starting a business.And after reading this you have given me hope.What a sweet post.What a blessing to be so talented.And what a blessing all that God gives us.

All Things Chic 2 said...

So happy for you, "Praise be to Jesus" for his many Blessings upon you ...
Blessings Lori

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh LaurieAnna - I am so very thrilled for you! Prayers were answered and blessings counted! God is SO good! Congratulations on your successful journey! You have truly found your niche! ♥

xoxo laurie

PS Have you thought of selling those rings and pretty blouses in your online shop...??? :) I just may be interested...!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

LaurieAnna: Your hard work shows in what you do whether at your shop or at your farmhouse. You deserve congratulations..Happy Sunday..Judy

ImSoVintage said...

Congratulations. It is wonderful to see all your hard work paying off.

Lori said...

I'm happy to say I knew you when you were just a booth! One of the best thing about your shop other than the visual eye candy is your range of pricing. I know I can shop even in a month that I only have a small budget. Bits of your shop are all around my house. Lori

Stephanie said...

All wonderful news - I'm so excited for you and can't wait to see your expanded space!

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

It's so funny, my husband and I were just talking about this the other day.
Love your blog!!!!! Congrats!

susan said...

laurie anna, i just open a shabby chic brick and mortar in downtown guntersville alabama its been open bout 5 months it is very small and i don't have the funds to even go to market i buy things locally and try to redo like furniture and garden stuff u know what i mean and i just wanted to to you that of all the blogs i read you always bring me up when im down and always inspire me to keep will probably never know how many people you inspire and uplift daily maybe that is why God has His hand on you so strong yor are such a giving person sharing your ideas and stuff even at your beautiful farmhouse and i just needed to tell you this,many days i want to give up but with ur inspiritation and Gods strength im still trying many more blessing to you and just remember what you give back to us, sure do wish i could visit in person maybe one day i can,thank you,thank you,thank you!!!!! susan

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Saying thanks will certainly not simply be sufficient to this sort of clever work and coverage! Keep up the good works.

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

You deserve every bit of success you've had, my friend!
I hope to see you soon, before Summer is over!