It's hard to believe Christmas was less than a month ago. The numbers have been tallied, inventories taken, and decorations stowed away. So now what? New York, baby! We're heading to the Gift Show to gear up for summer. Yes....summer.
past few months of living in a seasonal community have been a definite
learning curve. Most retail shops around the country see a significant
drop in business after the holidays as we did at our previous shop,
Grandiflora, but being in a remote coastal town in Maine gives the
"slow season" a whole new meaning. I now understand why most
businesses in town close from October to May. While that goes against
everything "business" in my head, but I'm starting to see their
Over the course of my life, summer has
always been my least favorite season. My order of preference had been
winter, fall, spring, summer. And then we moved to Castine and opened
a store. Now the only season that matters is SUMMER. Period.
Okay....throw in the shoulder season that starts Memorial Day and ends
on Columbus Day and a twinkle at Christmas. But in the words of Porky Pig....."Th-th-th-that's all, folks!"
While most people probably thought we
would most mind the snow and cold this winter, our pining away for summer
really has nothing to do with temperature and more to do with missing
the hustle and bustle of the summer residents and tourists.
I long to have the door open and see everyone strolling down to Bah's
for breakfast, waving and wishing us a "Good Morning" as they pass.
Until then, I'll keep myself happily busy reviewing lines, determining
orders, evaluating displays, and knitting.
toward summer? The New York International Gift Fair which starts this
Saturday. It's been eight years since Dan and I attended the show and I
can't wait to set foot in Javits again. I have list in hand of lines
I'm pondering, but know we'll be up to our ears in catalogs by the
time we pile back in the car on Wednesday morning to make the trek back
To say we're not excited about being back in
a city would be an understatement of gargantuan proportion. Some of
the things we're most looking forward to? The Russian Vodka Room,
being in the same zip code as a Michael Kors boutique, and pastrami
sandwiches (Dan only). We're also looking forward to staying at
Yotel. Only four blocks to the convention center, it was far more than
proximity to Javits that appealed to us. Hopefully it won't disappoint
and I'll be sure to post photos and more details after we arrive.