Two years and two months...that's how long it's been since our last chat. I recently rekindled my interest in blogging, and it's been so long, I'm surprised I even found my way here again!
It's sort of hard to recap 2+ years in one blog entry. Wow...where to begin....
Next Wednesday, July 10th, marks our 24th birthday!
birthday cake, we're offering a 24% discount storewide that day (except
coffee). I know we'll have a great crowd, and we'll be able to clear
out some room for new everyday, collegiate, fall, and yes, even seasonal
merchandise that is arriving daily.
A lot has happened leading up to this 24th birthday. The last time I blogged, we had quietly inked a deal to sell The Candy Basket to a local man who was a customer and musical acquaintance. He was to take over July 1st of that year, and we were looking forward to working for him part time and easing into retirement!
Life has a way of throwing a curve ball or two. Suffice it to say the buyer was unable/unwilling to fulfill his contractual agreement. It was a heartbreaking time, and when we finally 'repossessed' the store seven months later, it was like we were reborn!
Maurice & I were invigorated again! We added new staff (all the former staff left during that difficult 'honeymoon'). We're restoring our reputation as a place to find fun & funky gifts!
The shop has been cleared out, cleaned up, and lots of color has been added.
Our shelves are stocked with great new merchandise, and our selection of MIO (Made in Oklahoma) products is expanding.
We scouted out some incredible chocolatiers whose artisan chocolates are being shipped to us in small quantities in order to ensure freshness.
We reinstated our traditional Friday the 13th sales.
We're now doing candy buffets for parties and receptions.
We're hosting Private Chocolate Tasting Parties.
We're very active on fb (do you follow us?)
Our electronic newsletter (Candygram) is now going out
to over 4,000 customers every few weeks. If you don't
get it, drop us a line at email@example.com and we'll make sure you get added to our list.
Maurice & I are definitely starting to feel our ages, and entertain notions of slowing down. We often dream of being able to take off to go visit our kids and grandkids, all of whom are now in the Tulsa area.
Let's raise a glass to 24 years together!