June 21st, 2020
First of all - THANK YOU! Another month, and because of you guys, our box sold out once again. You seriously amaze me. When the C-19 hit, I really had to scramble with how to do business without you guys being here. The SOTM idea has been in the back of my mind for a while, and now I finally had the time to make it happen. And happen it did, I never thought you guys would grab on to this the way you have, and I am grateful. This little bit of sunshine in a box has kept me going since everything shut down. I can’t say thank you enough. Because of that, and all else happening in the world, June’s box was extra special, it was all about sharing good vibes and lifting spirits.
We were gifted a box to pay forward this month. If you've every received a SOTM, your name went into a drawing, we had over 65 entries. Stacey Lilja was our winner and she sent her extra SOTM box to a friend in Bismarck. This is exactly what we need right now, a little good cheer! The bottom line of this month’s box was to use what you want and pass on or gift the rest to cheer up a friend. We are all in this together, we rise by lifting others.
Now that the boxes are out, and I’m slowly getting caught up on commercial work, I want to catch you up on the latest at FDno54. As you all know, I’ve been struggling with how to approach our expansion. Do I really need it? Should we invest in this building or build new? Can I really afford it? I really did struggle with the options. Because I haven’t had a lot of foot traffic in the store, I’ve temporarily moved production to the main area and I really like having that much work space. It’s now obvious how much I really do need to expand. My business won’t get any bigger if the building doesn’t.
We had a few options on the table, and after it is all said and done, the best thing for the business - and for you, my customer, is to stay right where we are and add on to the south of our building. I really thought we would be making a move and build new on our empty lot, but after the new porch was started, I just couldn’t leave. I've had a lot of people tell me it’s not the most solid financial choice, but my heart says it is the right choice and I will do what I have to to make it work. I've been told there is no shame in asking for help, so I'm looking into grant opportunities, sadly, the reality is that there's not a lot out there for businesses like mine in the middle of a small town. I'm also throwing around the idea of a fundraiser t-shirt, watch for details on that, and if anyone else has any fabulous ideas or solutions, I'm all ears! The construction process will have some impact on events and shopping for the rest of the summer. I will be available for retail therapy (happy hour), I’m just not sure if I can pull off any special shopping dates/events. I really don’t want to slow down our building process any more that I already have with being so indecisive.
So, if you want to shop, message me and I will make it happen. If you want to bring a group out for a little therapy session, same goes, let me know when you want to be here. I will continue with the SOTM boxes and bags, and try to post as much as possible on FB, IG and my web site. If you want something special, let me know and I will do it for you. I am still experiencing some product shortages and shipping delays, but not nearly to the extent last month. I’ll take progress in any form right now.
So, that’s it in a nutshell. July boxes and bag links are ready, order here. I do hope you enjoy your products as much as I appreciate you!
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