Archive for May 2013

In the Beginning

It’s been nine short years since I opened Great Things in Store.  It was a five –year plan, meant to give me the means to support my 11 month-old baby until he was in school and I could go back to a “real” job.  I had visions of my child playing and sleeping peacefully in the store while I helped customers, processed consignments and made enough to support the two of us.  I will even admit that I had visions of my friends stopping by often for tea!  Somehow all those

daydreams didn’t include my son screaming as someone purchased the toy he’s been playing with for days, or trying to get him to sleep in our small kitchen while hoping customers would stay away, or the nights where I’d be at the store past midnight trying catch up on the mountain of consignments.  I think every small business owner will admit that it isn’t as easy as it looks.

Fast forward to today.  I’m now married, have three kids, six staff, and have no plans of getting a real job anytime soon.  Although, yes,  the thought of a nine to five job is really appealing some days!  I love what we’ve accomplished with Great Things in Store; it’s an important part of the lives of so many people in this town, and I’m really proud of the countless ways we’ve been able to contribute.  Whether that’s by teaching a new mom how to use a baby carrier and that it’s okay to hold your baby all day if you want to, or by holding a charity garage sale for causes close to our customer’s hearts, or simply by being that place where you can clothe your family for less, it’s been a great ride.  We’ll be here for some time, I promise!


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