what an action packed summer it has been! the little shop with the big heart has catapulted itself beyond its wildest dreams. recognized nationally by home accents today magazine as one of the best & brightest retail stars in america, selected as one of the top 50 small businesses in new york by 1010 wins, nominated for the 2015 retail excellence award in community events by gifts & decorative accessories magazine & in the final round for chase bank’s national top small business grant! it’s no wonder i haven’t slept in months!
the summer began with an exciting trip to atlanta! i was asked to participate in a breakfast panel discussion on small businesses & the use of social media. my fellow panelists from, virtu, eloise, one eleven main, a.dodson’s & glee gifts, among others were veteran shop owners from across the country. we shared triumphs & challenges and bonded over grits and grapefruit.
as if that wasn’t thrilling enough, i was asked to speak at the ny now market show on, ‘bricks to clicks’ and the world of online sales with blue raccoon & red barn mercantile, true experts in the field. i am certain they brought me in just for the comic relief.
that night i celebrated with my new shop owner friends as we either won or lost in our respective categories at the retail oscars. while i lost again, i didn’t feel compelled to jump into the hudson river this year (last year was tough) because i understood what an honor it was just to be among these incredibly creative & resilient people.