Monday, March 22, 2010

End of an Era *sigh*

Saturday, March 20, 2010. A rather emotional day. Our last day of business in Yardley, Pa.

After 18 years of retail in Yardley, we closed the door at the 1 South Main location, and it wasn't without a tear or two.

I made my famous homemade brownies for all my visitors and set off for my last day of business at the flagship location, not looking forward to the emotions of the day. While I am certainly looking forward to more space, I have tender feelings and sentimental memories of my Yardley location. I'll miss my windows!

The day was filled with visits from many of our best and most loyal customers dropping by to wish us well and see the Yardley store "just one more time". Just one of many fine friends, Barbara (a visitor nearly every day...and I'm not kidding!) Actually, we think Barbara could start her own Black-eyed Susan should we need a satellite store!

Towards the end of the day, it was looking pretty bleak I must admit. I mean, after all, have you ever seen my star mantle look like this before?!

Here's a rather motley crew of assorted mirrors and lonely clocks, all without purpose or design. Sad, sad, sad, Very sad, sad. (That's a little "Jan talk"). But that's how I felt too.

Joanne and I shed a little tear together as we looked around at the bleak state of the store in the final hour and played a little "remember when"...she left and I was left to lock the back door. I felt a bit like I look in this self-portrait! (I think a bit of lipstick would have been in order, what was I thinking?!)

Driving out of the parking lot, this sign on my former retail/turned studio brought another tear to my eye...goodbye, Yardley. Thanks to all my darling, loyal clients who loved the Yardley store as much as I.

And now I have to concentrate on "The Best is Yet to Come"! See you soon in Buckingham.


michelle said...

Those are some sad, sad photos!

I hope you had some time off today to process and regroup. The end of an era for sure.

BeautifulDees said...

When one door closes a new one opens. I hope that is the case. But memories are so touching and life altering, may there be some sweet ones.

Sonny G said...

Change is hard, even when WE are the ones to make the choice to change. Enjoy every moment while looking forward and experiencing your new venture and adventure.. best Of Luck~!

linda said...

I wasn't there in person, but in spirit. No more Christmas set-ups,paint color discussions, how to we make it all fit discussions, is this the best location discussions. I too think it was a great 17+ years but, here's to the best is yet to come!

emily said...

Leaving behind a place you love is so hard. Emptying a space you lived in of the things that made it yours is tough, but how wonderful that a new space is ready and waiting to be your's. I know that you will make this next one beautiful and full of inspiration, as always.

Love you!

Jill said...

It always amazes me when you bake for your customers despite being in the middle of major upheaval!!

I hope you love your new location!

Marie S said...

I wish you all the luck in your new endeavor. You will make it yours and it will be fabulous!

Denise said...

Did you have to leave the harlequin black painted floors in the windows behind? . . . *sigh* I remember painting those and helping you move into your Yardley store. I will miss it, too.

But I can't wait to come help you move into your new store and see how you will magically make it yours with that distinct BES style!

Suzanne said...

Awwww, dear Susan - I am a tad sad, too. This is definitely a bitter-sweet move. Looking forward to many visits in your new store. It's going to be FABULOUS!

JENN in Beautiful Bucks County PA said...

Dear Susan -
I am smitten with your new space in Holicong. Absolutely glorious & your magic is working as it always does! Plus... Joanne's "lofty" area will be in full bloom soon.

Hey, Happy Birthday too ♥Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ♥ !!!
With Much Love - Jennie

Jackie B. said...

Hi Susan-
How are you. I can't wait to come visit your new location. It will be closer to me now than the Yardley store. Still a drive from Macungie.
I hope all is well with you.
I will miss the Yardley store as it always made me feel so happy just walking in there. It felt like home.

I know you will make the new locations wonderful. Don't be said, new beginnings are hard but exciting.

Much love and I hope all is well.