I am very sad to see one of our darling downtown shops close. I love Rosie's Mercantile and Heather has become a friend and someone I look forward to seeing on a daily basis. I love her mother, Judy-one of the nicest people I have ever met and have enjoyed getting to know Heather's husband, daughters, friends, family and grandchildren. I wish Heather the very best on the next part of her journey.
Now, that is all personal, but how does Rosie's closing affect my business? Heather is a good customer, she eats daily at my cafe. Her family and friends eat there regularly, too. Rosies has a faithful customer base-Heather referred them to my cafe, as it is a place she eats. They, in turn referred people and several have become regular customers and friends (-okay, that is not business-but we all need friends! Friends keep coming to visit and shop...So, I am saying it is "business"), and you get the point! Each business help the others to "bloom"! In addition, Heather's shop brought people downtown and once downtown, they "explored" the other shops. Which leads to more purchases, which affects everyone who has a shop or business downtown in a positive way.
As a new small business owner, I am grateful to Heather and Rosie's Mercantile for the friendship and business they continue to bring my way. Maybe if we all work a little harder to support each other, we will not find many more downtown doors closing. I appreciate the support of people like Heather, and know that it is a factor in our growth as a business.
May we find many doors opening and few closing. May we embrace each other, lift each other up and NEVER put each other down. May we always be encouraging, never discouraging and always kind to each other. Let us never find joy in others misfortune; you never know when misfortune could find you. Remember: Doing Good Does Rebound (I just have to believe that!) and make this a day to think of others and see what you can do to make their day brighter! Hugs, Lorna