The Community Has Spoken…..
Last night I had the latest version of the TV show Survivor on while I worked on my latest rug. At one point when someone was voted off the host said ‘the tribe has spoken, it’s time for you to go’. That’s what I feel has happened in my store. The community has spoken, it’s time for me to go.
So, as of the end of February I will be closing the store at Advance Road. I don’t get enough foot traffic in there to justify paying the rent and am only able to keep the doors open because of the shows I do. When I sat down with my accountant and looked at this situation and removed the emotions from the discussion (very difficult), it did not make sense to continue with the retail location.
I will however, be keeping the business and will be selling at any and all shows that invite me and that I’m able to get to. In fact, I have 14 booked for next year already. And, since I am moving my inventory to a storage locker, those of you who would like to shop in person can do so by making an appointment. The storage locker will be set up like a small store but there will be no seating.
This could appear to be bad news but I think it’s exciting. I will have a better cash flow and can bring in new products more often (in fact, I just placed an order yesterday for a product that is new to the store that I can’t wait to touch). I will have the time to dye yarn for rug hooking and to make up new rug hooking kits. I will be able to knit up new items and create knitting kits that will be available at the shows I attend. I’m actually pretty excited to have some time back to start working on new ventures that will add some excitement to your craft experience.
But it’s bitter sweet too. I will miss sitting with those of you who are able to spend time in the store. And I will miss introducing knitters to rug hooking (although I still intend to hold as many beginner classes as I can fill – I just need to find a new location). I’ve made some great friends through this process and I appreciate all you’ve done for me.
Because I am keeping the business but closing the store, I don’t feel any need to have a ‘fire sale’ and get rid of piles of inventory. But I want to thank all of you who have helped me get this far and so, starting in January I am offering anyone who is a previous customer and who mentions this post, a 20% discount on anything purchased except kits (they’re not mine or I’d offer the discount there too).
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with family and friends and a very, very happy New Year.