Today is the 6 month anniversary of Zoe opening her doors to the public! Jim asked me last night if I thought it seemed like 6 months - he said it seemed longer just because I had put so much work and effort into it prior to opening. For me, it seems like it has flown by!
I can say that I am constantly in awe of what I learn every day. And of the interesting things that happen to me (or for me). And just think of the material I'm collecting for my future best seller!
One day recently, I noticed a group of people taking pictures on Prince Street. Not an unusual occurrence on that beautiful and historic street. But then they came into Zoe. They were in the Air Force and were in training to serve as Photography Specialists! They had been assigned to take a variety of pictures and asked if they could take pictures of me in the store. As they were snapping their photos with their sophisticated cameras and flash apparatus, my landlord walked by. He later came in and asked me if I was famous! I had to explain that I did not have my own paparazzi team following my every move! The students already knew where they had been assigned when they finished their coursework - places such as South Dakota and New Mexico!
In the "Small World" category, two women were shopping the store and, in the course of conversation, one of the women said she lived in Williamsburg. I told her that I loved "the Burg" and had graduated from William & Mary. She then told me that both of her sons had graduated from W&M and asked my class year. When I told her, she said that her son had graduated that year and gave me his name. Not only did I know him but I had also served on our 20th Reunion Gift Committee with him. What a nice surprise!
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of women business owners about the store. As part of my presentation, I tell them a little bit about my background and how I came to open the store before I go in depth on what we offer. After I finished speaking, a couple of the women came to me and said "I can't imagine you doing anything else - your passion for what you do is so genuine." Comments like that are so encouraging. I still have days where I think "What on earth am I thinking? I must have been crazy to do this!" I'll let you know if I still am thinking that way in six months!