It took 5 years of hard work and persistence, hand cutting and making our products 7 days a week, no holidays, no breaks, freeeezing our arses off for 11 months of the year on our market stall, and generally not sleeping quite as much as we'd like to.
As I write this, I'm stood here behind our counter wearing a teeshirt, leaning over a heater (yeah, I know – why not put a jumper on?), sipping hot coffee and listening to a little B.B King, from a "Beefhart free" playlist deemed to be safe and suitable by Sophia, and now after only two weeks – by gritty market trader standards – I have officially become "A Lady", and you know what? It's not actually that bad.
We've decorated the shop in Autumn colours, carved some awesome pumpkins, and celebrated a great opening evening in the shop with all of our friends from the market. The evening ended with a random drunk circulating the shop drinking everything he could get his hands on – the weird thing about this particular drunk was that I'd been politely tolerating him and chatting with him all evening under the impression that he was with one of our friends, when instead he was just a random complicated drunk in off the street. Weirder still, late into the night we were gifted with a second drunk, this one was my favourite – he stood at our window staring in, sipping Super Tennants and aggressively pointing at our friend Jordan (from Denise & Duddley), I went outside and told him to bugger off, he stared at me for a while, dribbled, and then turned his attention back to Jordan, I'm acutely aware that drunks and lunatics can neither be beaten nor reasoned with so I went back inside. After roughly a quarter of an hour of "Jordan Staring™" he started yelling something about not being happy with "this handbag situation" and that we should be making "fucking scarves" because "it's fucking freezing out here!!" I couldn't have agreed more, it was cold out there and myself and Sophia have been talking about making some beautiful knitted scarves for a while now — for an abusive drunk, he appeared to have some good ideas, but we're just starting out and are in no position to be hiring anyone yet, I've also got a feeling that he wouldn't get on with Jordan particularly well which may cause problems further down the line, and I was beginning to wonder whether it was his abusive attitude and partiality to alcohol that may have landed him on the street at midnight in front our new shop. The situation with scarf man was deteriorating rapidly outside, it was time for the evening to end, we left via the back entrance figuring that it wouldn't have been safe for Jordan to leave via the front. I had a great time and couldn't of asked for a better evening.
As of the 3rd of November, 2010, we've been open for 2 weeks! I know, it's a little strange that it's taken 2 weeks to announce the opening of our first shop here on our website, particularly when we're getting emails from customers asking "When's your shop opening?" but we've had a "thing" with BT and and internet access, which made updating the site almost impossible, apparently they are new to phone lines, internet access, and billing people so the odd repeated mistake should be forgiven.
We're open every day from 10am until 6.30pm. We'll be introducing lot's of new products hopefully in time for Christmas so pop in and take a look.
The imaginatively titled "Our Shop is Open!" article. →