Thursday, October 2, 2008

Farewell my Little Store


Over three and half years ago I moved into this little space to kick off one of my big dreams in life - to have my own craft store. It had been vacant for 6 months and in its previous life had been all sorts of stores including a cafe, sewing machine repair shop and even a shoe store. Nestled between an ink cartridge and a water filter shop perhaps wasn't where I had pictured my first shop to be, but in the end it didn't really matter because it was mine and somewhere to start.

This week I am moving out which is sad but is an end to a chapter that needed a full stop so that I can move on and let this friend of mine called Lyssy May spread her wings a little. I am so excited about moving to Melbourne but 676 Wynnum Rd will always be where I learnt my 'trade' and so many lessons about what it is to own a small business and be in retail. In this store there have been lots (and lots) of laughs, tears, moments of elation and frustration, but never moments of regret for the risk I took to follow a dream. If you have a burning passion to get out there and do something you've always wanted, all I can say is 'just do it'. I truly believe there is no reward without risk and the fear of not doing something is much greater than the fear of doing it.

On Friday I will be handing over the keys to someone whose dream has also been to have their own retail premises and I feel so privileged to be in a small way part of her journey. So the boxes are packed, the sewing machine is sitting in my garage waiting for a removals truck and the next chapter is about to start. Thanks to all my wonderful friends, customers and suppliers for being part of it so far. xx




10 comments:

mygirl said...

awww! what a beatuiful story. hand me a hanky. I am wishing you all the luck in the universe, but i'm sure you don't need it,you'll kick ass down there..
You have been a true inspiration in my life Miss Lyssy. I am so glad to have stumbled upon you're lil' shop.
You're guidance and wisdom has been invaluable.
The community is definitely going to miss you're one of a unique, kind shop'n experience xxoo

mygirl said...

(typo in last comment you know what I mean)unique,one of a kind shop'n experience, wish they had an edit button:)

Candice Herne said...

Goodluck! Alyssa Hope to catch up with you in Melbourne someday soon!Love to you and all your little treasures! xxxxxxxoooooooooo

Nicola said...

Good luck Alyssa! I have enjoyed my visits over the years to your colourful corner of the world and our chats over tea. It will be exciting to keep up with the next adventure in the southern city. Enjoy the travel and change. Nicola xx

Angela Brown said...

I couldnt manage to get in to say g'bye, in fact Id just get all mushy and probably cry, but I am sorry i didnt get in to wish you well in Melbourne. You will take off like a rocket surrounded by all those creative folks I just know you will. All the best Alyssa...lots of love Ange and Sophie (Cowboys and Cupcakes)ange@cowboysandcupcakes.com

djbebe said...

so sad to see the little shop so empty! Looking forward to hearing all about your new adventures in Melbourne!

paisleystclaire said...

Good Luck! I'm so excited for you!

Alyssa said...

Thanks to all you talented girls for your lovely comments. I will miss my beautiful Brisbane friends but know that our paths will continue to zig zag for many years to come!

MissKris said...

Wow, how super exciting and scary. Good luck with your move.

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