Let me rip the band aid off at the beginning and announce that I will not be renewing my lease this summer.
After a long contemplation and review of all that has occurred in my life and the world at large in the last few years, it is a decision that has been made and not lightly. It should come as no surprise that the challenges that so many small businesses faced have been daunting. StitchCraft, as a brick-and-mortar shop, missed two ‘seasons’ because of Covid. Subsequently several staff members moved out of town and our web host closed their doors. While we rallied and even came out with a better website, it was arduous to bounce back. World events have made it difficult for everyone with increased costs of goods, delayed production and shipments, costly transportation, shipping costs - and more.
On a personal level, many of you know that this year has brought major illness diagnoses to both of my parents. You can all relate when I say, ‘family first’.
It is my plan to maintain a creative business in some form, whether online, a studio or maker space – who knows?! What will cease will be a consistent brick-and-mortar practice where I am needed to be open on a regular schedule. Regular hours will continue through Memorial Day weekend in May. Summer is to be determined. And yes, there will be sales. Lots of sales
Should you – or someone you know – be interested in continuing StitchCraft as a new owner please call me.
Let’s celebrate all that we have created and all that will continue. It’s an amazing place, amazing community, and center of the best energy!
Stay tuned for plans and sales. Be patient with everyone and all that we are tasked with and know that with recent staff changes and shop hours may find some irregularities.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
Love and creativity,