I know that I'm not the only one who feels that this year has passed in a blur. Since a lot of our time was spent staying indoors and not celebrating holidays or other special events in the way that we normally do, it almost feels as though they didn't happen.
This is also the first year since 2014 that Gav and I have not done any craft fairs - it feels strange to not be at the Blaisdell, setting up and being at our booth, seeing and catching up with our vendor friends and customers. With the future of events like the Blasidell craft fairs up in the air, I'm even more grateful for my tiny boutique - it will allow me to have a space to showcase my designs, as buying jewelry is such an emotional experience and one that is best done in person. The sparkle, shine and beauty of each piece is never truly captured in a photo or communicated online. The boutique also allows for a more enjoyable shopping experience overall. Shopping at a craft fair can often feel rushed. In contrast, at the boutique, you can take your time and browse at your leisure, without having to fight the crowds.
Although my landlord has not provided any rent relief this year, one of the silver linings is that they are allowing tenants to establish their own hours of operation. I'm extremely grateful for this because can you imagine what kind of additional strain it would put on small businesses like mine to be required to operate at mall hours, 7-days a week? For the past 6 months, the boutique has been open for 5 days a week (Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), closed on Sundays and Mondays. Having two days off a week has allowed me to have more work/life balance, something that I definitely did not do enough of and took for granted pre-pandemic.
With this in mind, I wanted to share with you our special hours during the week of Christmas and New Year's:
And just in case I don't post again until next year, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful, happy and safe Christmas and New Year!
Jana (and Gav, too!)