Sunday, July 9, 2017
Livin' The Dream in Lunenburg
I live in a beautiful town with a beautiful family and I make hats all day in a life size doll house. Once again, I need to drone on about how lucky I am.
This past week I felt ridiculously lucky. With the help of my new brochure people are finally finding me. I had two women from Toronto pick up my brochure in Peggy's Cove and made a detour to Lunenburg to see me. I had a travel writer pick up my brochure in Amherst and decide to head over my way.
Lunenburg Art Map and the next day while visiting Peggy's Cove they were stopped by a woman from Ontario who inquired where they got their hats. That woman then high tailed it to Lunenburg and showed up my door.
A quick glance around my studio makes it very clear that this is where the hats are made and a quick glance through the open door into my messy dining room makes it clear that this is also my house.
I try to always be generous with my time and travel advice, but the generosity goes both ways. Every time a customer leaves my shop I find they have also shared a bit of their lives with me.
I moved to Lunenburg thinking that my business could thrive despite being in Nova Scotia, but it didn't take me long to discover that my business was thriving because I live in Nova Scotia. It's just so fun for people to wander the streets of a historic town and then discover an artisan working from home with an open door.
These days my life is so much calmer. Aside from that four year old now being a thirteen year old, being able to welcome people into my shop has allowed me to give up a lot of the wholesale part of my business.
Between my little shop, the farmers market, online sales and a few great wholesale accounts, I get to live the dream and there is time in the day left over for swimming, walking, biking, and gardening.
Posted by hatjunkie at Sunday, July 09, 2017