It was finally time to do it. We had our grand opening yesterday! I don't think either of us EVER expected to have a brick and mortar store this soon after Kate moved to Beloit. Especially not one open before Christmas!
Admittedly, not all of our stock is here, even now. But, we had been unofficially open for a month and it was time to make the next step as business owners. I could have done without the ceremony, but we did pay for a chamber of commerce membership and people were asking.
We posted in the local ad circular, the Waconda Trader. Another step in feeling legitimate...
And then the local newspaper did an article on us. I did NOT expect to get above-the-fold front page placement! You can read it online here.
All our traffic came right at opening, and it was quite busy! I would estimate over 50 people came. During a pandemic! To be honest, neither Kate or I were over-excited to hold a grand opening, but it is tradition.
I got one good picture from the entire event, above, of my son and his delight over the snacks. Doughnuts! On a stick! I happily sent my sugared-up toddler home with daddy.
And no grand opening is complete without a ribbon cutting, right? Like any good business owner in a small town, we immediately joined the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce. The above is a still from the video they posted on Facebook of the ribbon cutting ceremony.
As a side note, the chamber director did say she found those scissors on Amazon. They actually work, but I'm thinking wall art in the retail space...
Twins each with half a brain in reality; the other half displayed here!