Saturday, August 4, 2007

FIRSTFriday in Falls Church: August edition!

We had another festive FIRSTFriday celebration last night! The code orange 90 degree plus day didn't wilt the spirits of the hardy shoppers (or maybe they knew we had cold libations and "kickin'" air conditioning!). We had a lively crowd including a slew of very well behaved kids (thanks parents for teaching them gallery manners!) I am introducing two new artists to the shop this month. Valerie Makepeace, black and white photographer and Ellen Zilin, ceramicist both now have a variety of pieces here. I will profile their work later this week.

Thanks to Beth's melodious tones this am the shop got a LOT of traffic from the Falls Church Farmer's Market. Of course the smell of croissant and fresh peaches made me want to lock up and go across the street, but I stayed put like a good shopgirl.
The feedback from our new customers has been overwhelmingly positive. It's quite encouraging to Ashleigh, the artists and me. I know I like the merchandise and art in the store but it is good to hear that others do too!
The shop is open from 10-2 during the week next week. Stop in if you get a chance!

On a funny "bob note", Bob had an hysterical time this week in PT when his therapist ran him on and off the escalators to prove to him he wasn't QUITE ready to do it without her. Apparently it was a bit of a hair raising experience, luckily Bob had a sense of humor about the whole thing. Bob is putting some miles on his cane. He is pretty much making it through the work day without crutches, justthe cane. His strength of body AND will never ceases to amaze me.....
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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Time flies whether you are having fun or not!

Today is August first and I can't quite believe I've been in the space since June and the shop has been open for a whole MONTH. Wow!

I must say that being in the space does reinforce that I have made the right decision in opening the retail gallery. (As opposed to continuing to cram all of my treasures into the my home studio. ) I went into my studio last night and could actually lay my hands on all of the materials I needed to make 2 custom pillows without shuffling piles and moving boxes of merchandise from place to place to uncover the goodies that I needed. Talk about a cheap thrill! It makes it very inspiring to work in both places...

My next mission is to shop for yummies for this Friday night's Store Happy Hour. We really did have a blast last time and I hope that the turnout is just as good this month. It's just no fun having a party if nobody shows up! So DO come and visit that is! We are open from 5-8pm on Friday night and then 10-5 on Saturday.

Something else fun that is evolving at the shop are private parties. We have multiple groups of folks booked in to meet at the store. One group of ladies is renting the gallery room and bringing their unfinished projects to work on. Just think, no little ones running around. We will have music and refreshments. Imagine, the moms will be able to complete an task and speak in complete sentances at the SAME TIME!

Another new group that is forming is a Strategic Goal Group. We will be meeting on the second Thursday of the month at noon for a 60 to 90 minutes. Basically it will be a bring your own lunch time. A time to talk through your personal, professional, or artistic goals getting feedback from and brainstorming with others in the group. We have room for 2 to 3 more people in the group so if you are interested, please email me directly. Knowing the folks involved already it will be a blast!

Hope your day is as bright as mine!
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