So, we're coming up on my 2 year anniversary in the new space. Also the 2 year anniversary of Covid shutting everything down. Its bittersweet, and I have a lot of emotion around it.
The planning of the move was incredibly exciting. It had been long time goal to have a retail shop downtown, and I felt like I was really making it. Years of blood, sweat, and tears went in to building and maintaining the business, with many sacrifices made. I am not complaining, no, merely stating that this has been the most important thing to me for many, many years, and to have finally achieved this goal was huge.
But then, literally the day we moved into the space, the state of Vermont, and the world, shut down. We put everything in the middle of the room, and closed the doors for 3 months. I was devastated, though happy for a bit of a break, as moving was taxing.
It was also frustrating because I had all this free time, but no studio to work in! I set up a little makeshift corner of the room and dug through the boxes to find tools and clay and things that would help me make something, anything. I was able to do a few things, but I couldn't get anyone to come install my kiln, or a sink, and so was without these things until about June. We started back to work then, part time, and slowly set things up. We didn't open our doors until September, or maybe even October, just in time for the holidays. It was nuts.
By receiving grants and loans and the support of you, my amazing family of customers and clients, I was able to stay afloat. Thank you!
Now, 2 years later we are still chugging along. Not quite thriving, but getting there. I love my space and the ability to share my work. I love being able to offer the community classes and a fun space to create and learn. I am relieved that this we are all moving through this time, and that soon it will be in our rearview mirrors. I am grateful to have made it through.
I'd like to celebrate a little, so I hope you'll take advantage of the 20% off everything sale. It runs from the 23rd through the 25th. Discount will be automatically applied to your cart, no code needed!
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