In truth, I never left - but it was a wonderful feeling to put that OPEN flag out this week and welcome shoppers back inside the store. How've you been? This has been a TIME. A super strange, incredibly stressful time; and we're really not out of the woods yet, are we? Catching up with some of you this week has been happy, but wow - you've had a hard few months too.
I wanted to update you on how the shop fared during this shutdown, since so many of you were kind enough to read and reach out following my earlier rant. Folks, as a business owner this was tough. I'll give you the highlights, and we did comparatively well (thanks entirely to this community).
Goodness, I'm terrible about keeping this blog current. It's been a minute, and because I'm so lax in blogging - I'll assume this is lightly read and safe to have a rant.
I don't do rants - in public, and especially not in my business.
This...Is.. A really strange, and scary and surreal time. We're afraid to touch the mail. We're afraid to grocery shop. Our kids are homeschooling. Our businesses are shuttered. Restaurants are delivering cocktails in buckets (this is actually a silver lining.) There are latex gloves strewn in parking lots and we don't even look twice. It's so freaking weird and overwhelming.
I'm finally feeling settled into this new location and am loving it! The storefront at 201 Farnsworth Ave had everything I could ask for - floor to ceiling windows, tons of light and an open, airy studio space.
If you're local, please do come in and visit! And if you aren't local, here's a peek
Well, we're moving! About 500 feet away....you had to know I wouldn't leave Bordentown!
While I really love this shop, an opportunity presented itself that was too good to pass by. Late this summer we'll begin work at 201 Farnsworth Avenue and will reopen there after Labor Day weekend. It will give the store more room to grow, and the studio will have more storage space and beautiful natural light.
This move gives me the opportunity to improve the layout of the shop and like any change, offers an opportunity to reflect on where we started and where we're going...
You can see them coming most days....in singles, in pairs. Scooting through the shop with a smile and heading around back. There's a list of things I love about Mimosa Goods, and near the very top, is the studio. We've started calling it Studio 117, and there is something kind of wonderful happening in there. When we opened, the studio had one, completely amazing fitness instructor leading classes. She set the standard for the kind of professionalism we've come to expect in that 400 sq ft room. I'm now blessed to have three women who are equally stellar doing life...
You never really know what your neighbors are up to, do you? I've known the Parker family for most of my life and until I read an article in the Bordentown Current last year I had no idea they were doing some incredibly impactful work in their spare time.
Bordentown resident, Jim Parker is a documentary film maker and while visiting Uganda, he was moved by the beauty of the country and the warm welcome he was given by the residents who were living in truly extreme poverty. HIV/AIDS has created a generation of orphans in Uganda, and many households are run by children. These children won't realize the hopes they have for their future without outside help. Too often, monies donated to charity don't make it to those who need it so desperately - the Parker Mother & Child Foundation was started as a way to fill the gap between regulated government assistance and the actual needs of the...