Tuesday, February 26, 2008

happy birthday, baby.

The beginning is the most important part of the work. ~ Plato

It had not been my intention to start off the premier post with a quote from a lofty Roman. But the sentiments fit so perfectly I could not look past them. Beginnings are so much work. I keep repeating that to myself as I keep making to-do lists that have downgraded from must-absolutely-get-done to bare-necessities. There are times when being a perfectionist, or as my friend Tami says "having a storm in your brain", is nerve-wracking deluxe. Proudly crossing off yet another necessity, I cheer myself with the idea that there really is only so much preparation that can happen in life, but even more so in retail. You have ideas and these grand mental images of what you want, but once you're hands on in the middle of it, anything is liable to happen. Regardless of how it goes off, whether exactly as imagined or with on-the-spot improvisation, there is work and lots of it.

Today is the beginning of Alice Adair. In fact, someone at church asked me the other day if the beginning wasn't in November when the boutique previewed at 2nd Street Interiors' Holiday Soiree. I had to pause for a minute to think of how to properly explain it. Logically, the answer would seem to be "yes". And then it dawned on me -- it was a baby shower. A party to let everyone know that a new arrival to our little corner of the world would soon make it's scheduled entrance. So for months I've been telling friends, family, customers... even total strangers the "due date" - February 26th. There were times when it felt it couldn't get here fast enough and others when I wondered if it wasn't a bit premature (especially this week of "labor" pulling in all the loose ends). But somehow, some miraculous way, all of us are proud to announce an incredible "birthday" and the party to celebrate it!

The shop is brimming with garden, silver, jewelry, linens, ephemera [paper], books, pictures, and other one-of-a-kind finds. Spring is blossoming even if there is snow on the ground! There's even a great line of iron benches and planters guaranteed to get you dreaming of the flower-filled months that are on their way (just not soon enough!). And as if the goodies and delights weren't going to tempt you to brave the weather, there will be refreshments and party favors for all! We'll be serving the most delectable cupcakes and tarts from DaVinci Desserts with plenty of coffee and tea to warm you right up.

Grand Opening
Tuesday Evening: 5:00 ~ 9:00 pm
Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00 am ~ 5:00 pm

130 west second street, dover, ohio

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