I wrote a post last month, full of emotional baggage. I pretty much let every ounce of stress come out and I remember feeling a major lift from my shoulders. I was smart in not posting it, but I love that I kept a draft so that I can re-read it whenever I need a little reminder.
In September, Almost Local officially opened. Every ounce of energy and strength went into that little shop and I’m so excited every time someone opens that door to come in. My family helped, my friends helped, and my rock start of a boyfriend dedicated everything he had to make my dream a reality. Countless nights we stayed up cleaning, organizing, ordering, picking, making. We ate more pizza and chicken nuggets than I would ever want to admit but in the end, we did it.
We opened on September 14th, a nod to an angel that watches over us. The day of our opening I was running on two hours of sleep and had already went to work in the morning. I was beyond exhausted but pure adrenaline pushed me through to one of the best days of my life. Friends from all walks of life poured in, Maria from the Cremeria was serving gelato, Dusty and his partner played music outside, crafts were being made in our loft. It was AMAZING. Everything we had worked towards finally came to fruition.
Every week, every day, we learn a little bit more on how to better serve our customers. We absolutely love meeting new people and seeing familiar faces. Our hope is that Almost Local provides a new shopping experience full of handcrafted, high quality goods in a beautiful setting.
If I learned anything, it’s that creativity takes courage. It takes hope, patience, that in-the-gut feeling, and a whole lot of faith. I’m so fortunate to have such an incredible support system so thank you for continuing on this crazy journey with me.
Visit us in Clinton at Almost Local, Wednesday-Saturday.