Much like interior design, when I fell into the world of visual display and merchandising, it recently came back to me again over the black Friday shopping, why I enjoy doing this. Being in a small shop is new for me, but I have to say, one of the best parts has been getting reacquainted with the downtown residents, seeing old faces I hadn't in years, and making new friends, not to mention some of the nice-looking guys who frequent the shop weekly. It's nice to see the feeling of community is still intact downtown. But the best part has been the feeling I get when people walk in and enjoy the feel of the shop, and the feeling and smiles it provokes. For me much like interior design that is reward enough. Some days I run with the shop when the Dame is off on installs or an event, when he's out. And I must admit it is rewarding working for a small business. the pressures of certain aspects, bigger, corporate stores have isn't there, huge visits, deadlines and the long tedious hours. The shop is also getting me in the mood for Christmas, even though I still won't decorate the Casa just yet, to the dismay of the Dame.
Thursday, December 2, 2021
People have been very pleased to see the amount of Christmas items, locally sourced new and vintage items, botanical adornments, foraged arrangements, and unique local made pieces. We can't keep bottle brush trees of any kind in.
These tree doors are already the second shipment. A friend of the Dames' makes these from old architectural salvages from old homes' interior doors. He also made the wood craved snowflakes.
The same guy made these huge snowflakes also made from salvaged pieces from homes. I don't think they will be in the shop long either.
Our windows were just installed, and I'll feature them in another post! They have already been a huge hit. If you get to Harrisburg, come see us at Paper Moon Flowers. It's also been heartwarming to see how many people are saying they are reverting back to small and local shopping. And look, over there on the on the side bar.... remember to shop small and local this season. To think, if we supported, shopped, and had more being made, grown, and sold locally, just maybe we wouldn't be feeling those shipping pipeline delays and shortages. I can't believe how empty some big boxes and department stores look already, this early in the season. So, support your neighbor who sells online, a local craftsperson, the local florists' shop, a local artist or jewelry maker, the local baker who so cakes, buns or chocolates, the guys that run a cafe or salon. Those at the farmer's market. Support real people and keep the local economy jumping...not draining.