In some ways it feels like yesterday. On other days it feels like I have done this forever. I mean that in a very good way. Our first retail shop opened in the courtyard of the Inn at the Market, in the Pike Place Market, 13 years ago today. The above sign was what hung on the door the weeks prior as we hustled to get the space ready and the shelves full, in the 3 week span that we were working with to get open. It was an unbelievably thrilling, scary, fun, tiring, invigorating time. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. It was a roller coaster of emotions, but the one thing I never felt was fear. My Dad instilled in me an optimism that I look to the heavens each day and thank him for. It was not an arrogance that I would not fail, but rather a sense of comfort that I would work as hard as I could to make it work, and I would find great joy each day in each task that it takes to make it work. I feel so honored, fortunate & blessed that I have been able to do just that.
Please join us today at the Market shop for a glass of celebratory bubbly if you are in the neighborhood. I thank each and every one of you who have helped to make my dream a reality.