As 2018 draws to a close, it’s time to pause and put things into perspective. Here is a brief synopsis of this whirlwind year —- as well as a few thoughts on 2019.
My earlier post, Why 2018 Has To Be The Year, reflects the renewed determination I felt at the beginning of the year to find our storefront. I had just returned from the winter market. The new year and the trip brought some fresh optimism. In fact, writing the post at all felt more like a prayer in hopes everything would fall into place.
By Spring, we were setting up our first Green On The Green pop-up shop in Worthington. And, several pop-up shops followed thereafter at the super popular 4th Friday event in Uptown Westerville. During our pop-up’s, we received a lot of validating, positive feedback. It all seemed to be building up to our big break.
Throughout the year, our storefront search never ended. We held lengthy discussions during the Summer over a couple of locations. By early September, it seemed highly unlikely that Green Haven Living would find it’s home in 2018. I hit a low point. The thought of finishing out another year with no storefront is a depth of disappointment I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.
Then, our big break arrived. A chance phone call from a friend reconnected me with a property owner in a key location in Uptown Westerville. Within 6 weeks of that call, we were moving into Green Haven Living’s new home at 12 W. College Avenue. Needless to say, the space needed a lot of TLC.
The shop officially opened November 16th. I have found myself experiencing those surreal moments of elation while the shop is full of family, friends who have become family, and passers by. I envisioned owning a business where family and community gather. It’s a space brimming with positivity. It’s a business that seeks to support environmental and animal causes not just via our products, but by virtue of how our business (and our suppliers’ businesses) operates. I am so proud of what we have accomplished so far, and I say “we” because my family has been involved every single step of the way.
In 2019, we will continue to get the word out that we are open in Uptown. We are a small, unique family business with a lot of large companies trying to replicate what we do. But, we believe there are very compelling reasons why small businesses like ours are still the “backbone of the American economy”.
With our customers’ help, we will continue this process of listening to understand what our community seeks from our shop. New relationships will be forged and existing relationships will be deeply appreciated and honored. I relish the opportunity to continue to explain to anyone who asks about what it means to choose eco-friendly products for our homes and gift giving.
In closing, thank you to all of you — our family, friends, and customers — who have chosen to shop here, “share” and “like” our posts, and spread the word. You must know it means everything that you have thought of and chosen us. Thank you for all of your support. We wish you all a beautiful holiday season.
Our next post will feature a behind-the-scenes look at our winter market trip. See you in 2019!