I told John last November that I missed having a store. When he asked me what specifically I missed, the list was long, but up at the top was how much I missed the people.
All my stores have had stools at the front counter. What I love about the stools is that they encourage shoppers to sit and chat or rest for a bit. It is friendly and cozy and engenders some great conversations. The conversations can be about store product, projects, life problems, current events, art in general or just the weather.
Yesterday was a wonderful example of just that. First Candace came in with a bag full of tags that her family made while on vacation. You all know I love show & tell! While she was there, Jeri came in and got to share in the show & tell. Then Theresa came in and after some 4-way chat, we discovered that both Candace and Theresa are accomplished jewelry artists. Then we discovered that both Candace and Jeri are quilters. Great conversation and sharing of sources and ideas ensued. Jeri left and Candace and Theresa sat at the counter and were looking at the box of postcards we have there.
One of them came across an old 1897 postcard with French handwriting on the back. Guess what. They both speak French! When they discovered this, the two of them burst into singing the French National anthem.
It is always a surprising day at Small Studio.