Wednesday, March 3, 2010

when one door closes....

Changing direction!
New opportunities!
Reinvention!
Rolling with the punches.....

"Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that's more productive." -Donald Trump


The lease on my space for Pillow Mint is up April 1.  
I did not re-sign.   

*However*, I'm not going away entirely.  
I am keeping my online store(!) but revamping a bit to keep the winners, get some new things, and let go of the things that didn't move off the shelves.  A couple of the lines I carry will be picked up by another local boutique.  (More on that later).

What from Pillow Mint would you hate to see gone?  Anything you want to see me carry?


This is the exciting part: 
in addition to keeping the online store, I will now be offering by-appointment-only, in home consultations.  
I will bring my look-books, catalogs, fabric samples, etc. to you - in your own home! 
Pillow Mint delivers! 

 Call me tenacious, stubborn, and certainly a bit prideful for not giving up completely; but I LOVE what I do; I LOVE my bedding companies, and it has always been my mission to spread the joy.  

If you live in Charlottesville -- come in now for some great deals.  
I will still be taking special orders for the next week or so; after that 
I will be coming to YOU!

Sleep well, 
Anita


photos: flickr

15 comments:

  1. I'm proud of you for staying so positive! In this economy it's a wonder anyone is shopping! Can't wait to learn what you keep and all the details of your future in-home consultations. I'm sure they'll be a hit! Do keep all the throw pillows you carry, won't you? I just love them! Best of luck on this new adventure!!!! XOXO

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  2. Sorry to hear about the closing. HOWEVER, the quote from Trump couldn't be more true! And with this new direction the focus and stress should be much cleaner, and better, so you can focus on the important things. Yay!

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  3. As a former store owner (two actually), after 10 years I couldn't remember why I'd gotten into such an exhausting occupation. You will be amazed at how free you feel.

    You know I'm a big John Robshaw fan. I'd also like to see you keep ThomasPaul and any crib bedding.

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  4. Shannon FrownfelterMarch 3, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    so proud of you and wish you luck with this new and exciting adventure! never give up on what you love! xoxo,S

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  5. Thata GIRL!
    TENACIOUS, my new fav word, I own stubborn and proud to share with you my beloved friend.
    Your thought process inspires me, has from the first day I was so lucky to meet you. HOW am I going to stand not having you & BoyBoy next to me? Back to therapy I go!
    This is the beginning of a new, exciting, fresh project and I want to be included.
    Anita I love you and am so happy we somehow got "next" to each other.
    Kisses & Hugs........BIG TIME!
    Carlin

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  6. sads. sorry about that. but i see only greater things for you.

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  7. I echo the comments about the pillows and crib bedding, even though I'm not a mom and I have no idea how it sells.

    I did a giveaway with a big, online source of pillows and they wound up being a drop shipper. My winner waited months for her second choice. You already know about Gilt not fulfilling an order for me. From now on, I'm buying local and/or in person. I imagine others are having the same experiences and would love your new service!

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  8. im glad that you will have an online store and hope that you keep blogging! your find on the children's artist was a BIG hit among people on twitter! you have such a good eye for home and fashion. i don't even LIKE home decorating but i LOVE your blog and the things that you draw from :)
    Bummer that the store part isnt staying... I think that you must be destinied for even bigger and better things!

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  9. thanks, everyone -- your kind words mean so much!! we'll see....
    of course i'll keep blogging; i have truly grown to love the people in this virtual-community!!

    hi shan! thanks for commenting! :)

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  10. I wish you all the best, Anita. Onward!

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  11. Best of luck to you. Be happy. There is nothing but opportunity out there! (Donald Trump should know!)

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  12. I'm sorry the brick and mortar is closing. But the best part of the shop was you, and you don't sound like you're going anywhere any time soon. Just on to bigger and better things. Sending the most sincere wishes of success and happiness your way Anita! You have a fabulous attitude. And I have to second Raina on the merchandise picks, those are all favorites of mine!

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  13. Told my Mom of the restructuring of your business. She thought someone coming into your home, trying linens
    is the best idea EVER. Saves have to trip back and forth to find the perfect colors. That is hugely imp. when
    you are choosing distinguishing color mixes, pillows and such. Truly PERFECT & so much easier for your clients.
    Great thinking process! GOOD JOB, wish you'd been doing that when I was buying but you managed to pick perfectly
    for our home with your imagination!
    Carlin

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  14. Sorry to hear you're closing the shop, but I think the future of retail is online, anyway... I think it's a good move for you. And I LOVE the consulting idea!!!!!

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  15. Sounds like a move in the right direction--best of luck Anita! And I second Raina on the lines to keep--Robshaw & Thomas Paul are winners. I'm also partial to some of the stuff from Bliss Living.

    Good luck!

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