So here we are in the midst of a beautiful summer. It is July now, and a total of three months have passed since the Waterbury store has closed. I have pretty much settled into a routine: I wake up early, take a walk to clear my head and focus, and return to my home office to work on the preparations for the opening of the Woodbury shop. It has had its ups, its downs, but it is always exciting when I stop to think about the steps that I have taken to bring me to this point, and the incredible journey that lies in front of me.
Last week Arthur and I took some much needed time off to spend with our family. Our daughter Gillian is a rising senior in high school, which means that she is supposed to be focusing on college visits right now. Our son is still early in his high school career, so he is just looking to sleep late and maybe get a little baseball in. So after much deliberation, we packed the car and headed south, bound for Williamsburg Virginia in order to check out two universities and to have a little fun in between.
As quickly as it had begun, the vacation came to an end, and it was back to focusing on the Shop. Today, I am on a plane bound for Atlanta, ready to find some great treasures for the new store. Arthur and Maria are with me, and we are all very excited, eager to see what goodies will be new and unexpected.
Bringing Arthur with us provides us with an unusual perspective, one that we have not had in the past. I can hardly wait to see what he finds intriguing, and what his overall impression is of the five day, non-stop whirlwind that is "gift show season".
Stay tuned this week to both the blog, and to our social media outlets: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see what we are up to. I will be looking for your feedback on items that we find, after all, all of what we do is really for YOU!
So while the hardwood floors are installed in the Woodbury shop, we will be busy doing the things that will complete this phase of our journey. It's great to have you all along for the ride!
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But all is not lost, I consulted an expert, my wife Lori Greene. (Here is a batch of her correspondence going out today!)