Suzi and me in front of the moved counter!
I have totally neglected to tell my blog that I’m the store manager at the Made Local Marketplace! Woot! I was promoted just after the beginning of October, actually. It’s been wonderful. My talents and skills are hugely appreciated there. Now that I’m manager and not just some woman that spends too much time there, I have the “authority” to make big changes. I’ve moved the whole front counter, which has been great for store flow and not having a bottleneck, as well as having usable counter space behind the front desk. I get to work with artists that need to do something a little different to make their work more sell-able. I’ve been working through the waiting list for new vendors. I have a desk of my own with a computer! It’s hard to get everything done that I need to do while working the register. Being able to go upstairs to write emails, make phone calls, whatever is great.
It is a lot of work. A lot of brain juggling, a lot of different directions all at once. Balancing the everyday shop functioning details with VISION. (Some people say moving the counter was Vision, I just think it’s good.)
Making time for my own business too is hard, but important. I haven’t been adding new items to Etsy as often, but I did just have a few sales I mailed out. To sell at the shop I’ve been making Quick Bread Mix, Minty Cocoa Mix, and I am working on a Spicy Cocoa Mix. Laundry soap is still chugging away, though not as popular for an xmas gift.. Lynn, Ashley, and I are trying to get out “The Creative Collection” jewelry brochure we had made by the awesome graphic designer Chelsea McKenna.
Needless to say, there is a lot going on in my world professionally. What’s going on with you? Are you enjoying your work?