We owned a cottage in Pentwater and, one weekend, we discovered that a small space was for rent in town. It was the garage of an old hardware store called Birdland that was being renovated into 3 shops. The garage was 384 square feet, had no bathroom, no heat, no air conditioning and a wood floor that you could see the ground through. I thought it was perfect. We painted the inside, hoisted our sign on the roof, and opened for business in July of 2000. That first summer of owning my own shop was like a dream come true. Every little task, from putting price labels on to greeting customers was a thrill. And, that summer, I met so many wonderful people, many of whom have become my closest friends.
After five years in Pentwater, we moved to the Traverse City area. I found a cute little spot for a store in Suttons Bay, about 15 miles north of Traverse City. It was a lot bigger, had air conditioning, AND a bathroom. A big girl store, at last! We did some major renovations to the place and opened in the summer of 2005. Last year, we moved to a better space in the same building. Now, we're right on the main street and we have an awesome display window, too.
Even after ten years, I still enjoy having my own business. There are so many parts of it that are enjoyable and it's really great to be my own boss. I have met so many lovely people over the years that I otherwise wouldn't have met. Our customers really are the best customers around.