It’s been two weeks…
Our little shop has been opened now for two weeks; and what a two weeks it has been.
In January, we decided that I would do a shop in town, similar to the one I had on Bainbridge Island a few years ago. We started putting out feelers for a suitable space. In February we found the perfect space on Main Street in Wolfville, the small university town where we now live. We got the lease locked down and started ordering stock for the store. Our garage at home was packed to the ceiling with product. And then March came…What to do…COVID-19 upset everyone's plans! After lots of soul searching, we decided to go ahead with the shop anyway. April, May, and June were all about renovating the space. In the second week of June, we started to bring the product into the shop, thinking we would open around the 15th. Then, because 2020 is just like this, we had a serious leak in the ceiling. Part of the ceiling and one wall had to be removed while they found and replaced the old cast iron pipe that had failed. We removed all the linen and anything else that might be impacted by the repair. Fortunately, there was no water damage other than the ceiling and walls. The repair took over three weeks and then it took six women over two days to clean the space from top to bottom.
We brought the products and linens back in and restyled the space. We finally opened on July 18. The week after we opened the town decided to make the main street one way and closed half of the street to traffic. It was such a shock to have a busy first few days and then a week with hardly a soul downtown. The changes impacted most of the town negatively. The shop owners revolted and succeeded in getting things back to the way they were.
As soon as the town completed their work, we had our shop traffic back—we were ecstatic! So, two weeks in and all is well! We are resilient, to say the least. I hired two wonderful young women, Victoria and Anna to help and we are off to the races!
Everyone says they love the shop, which naturally makes me very happy. It is a labor of love and we have met the loveliest of people, sold lots of wonderful things, and we’re already re-ordering. We have lots of plans for the next year and for when we can travel again. We are getting folks from all over the Maritime provinces because here in Atlantic Canada we have really worked at getting the cases down to zero. We call it the Atlantic bubble. We had a blip this week with a couple of people bringing the virus to the province, but they were quickly put in lockdown. The province has mandated a mask rule which people are following so, even though things are not “business as usual,” they are still pretty good. Life is settling down into a good routine and we are happy. So stay tuned for our coming attractions!