If I'm going to be honest, I'll have to say that I am not sure that I've actually recovered.
On Thursday, we opened to a very small number of people -- a "soft opening," they call it; you know, just to make sure that the cash drawer opens and the credit card processing is working correctly, et cetera. It all went really well, and we were ready for Friday. Wait - let me clarify. We were ready to see customers and process sales on Friday.
Friday's regular hours were steady, with everything still working well. We closed the doors at 4 and began readying the space for our (I thought) little soiree. We set out some light snacks, made some punch*, made a game plan. At 5:58, Jenn, Anna, Andrea, Jack and I cavorted around taking selfies in the back of the store, and then at 6, we turned the sign and opened the doors.
I did not, by any means, expect to see so. many. people. The patio area was filled and there was a line down the sidewalk.
Most of the evening passed in a blur. I saw so many old friends and made so many new friends. We welcomed people from as near as around the corner and as far away as New Jersey (thanks, Kim!) to our space. We gave away prizes, we sold a lot of yarn and notions and needles, and more importantly than any of that, we felt the love from all of you.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy Friday evening to come to our wee corner of the world to see us.
Thank you for supporting a woman-owned small business.
Thank you for telling us how much you've missed us and making us feel loved.
Thank you for not complaining about the line to get in the door or to make purchases.
Thank you for being patient as we learned our new point of sale system (which we love!).
Thank you for joining in our celebration.
Thank goodness someone was manning the cameras so that we have these photos to share with you! Enjoy!
*sent Jenn to Target to buy cups because I'd forgotten to buy them.