It is with wonder, delight, sadness, enthusiasm, and relief that I look back at 2019, and look forward to 2020. I am certain that I am not alone as we look at the past year. As we look towards 2020, maybe some of us are looking at not only a new Decade, but maybe also A new state. A new life. A new home. There begins the theme for this year, 2020- the beginning of so many new things! Like any great journey, one must look at the past to know where they are going in the future.
It is in that spirit that I look back at the completion of our 10th year in business here in Crystal Lake Illinois. As I look back over these years will you follow me on this journey and reminisce with me as I recount the best of the best from the past 10 years? These little stories are not in any particular order, but they have had significant impact on our business. Here are some of my favorite memories:
-When one of my first reps, Mary Alice, told me ‘I have to buy birds, -everyone loves birds’- she said…guess what? The first item I sold in May of 2010…A bird. A cute sweet chubby bird. I wasn’t a huge fan of birds at the time…I am now.
-When I decided that I was never going to be able to do all of this paperwork by myself, and I hired my accountant, Heather, she was a God-send from day one and even though she has grown and moved on recently, she will always be a blessing to me.
-When the late, Ann Nevills walked into my ‘small’ store and told me she felt my business needed to grow and I would do great in her space as she was retiring… 6+ years later and we have filled this place to the rim…and service more design clients and customers than ever! Thank you Ann, for having the confidence in me before I realized it myself.
-When my now, right hand woman, told me that she literally went home and cried her first week of work, because she didn’t think she was cut out for this physical job…silly Lynn- she rocks the retail world of Yours & Meyn.
-Celebrating my son’s 11th birthday on the newly stained concrete floors, in our first store 4 days before we had our opening party. I am thinking Davis won’t be celebrating his 21st birthday with me the same way this coming April.
-Taking our first family vacation after we opened, with no employees on staff, and calling on both family & friends just to make that happen- I will forever be grateful for that vacation and every one since and the wonderful team I have that allows that to happen.
-All of those customers, that are now friends, that are still customers. Thank you. I wouldn’t be here without you.
-When my Marketing VP decided that ‘his’ boss was too bossy and he needed to take another position. That vote of confidence that I could tackle it all ‘alone’ from Bob (my hubby), was something that I didn’t know I needed, but did. Thank you Bob, for 10 years of free business consulting, physical labor, delivery, lighting service, marketing expertise, moral support…and so much more.
-All of the team members that have walked through these doors, with smiles on their faces, to greet thousands of customers, open more boxes, bubble wrap more items, schlep more heavy stuff, clean, de-glitter (if that is even possible), hang hundreds of ornaments, sell more succulents, staghorns, and some of the most awesome lamps and art than I ever dreamed possible…Thank you! You have all left a mark in my thoughts and on my heart.
-When my MBA student/daughter told me how she drew from her years of ‘watching her mom run a business’ to assist another small business owner make significant changes…my thoughts: she was watching and learning, she is empowering others, she will make a difference, she is my daughter Catherine.
I could go on…but alas…you have reached your threshold for words. So simply stated. Thank you all for everything!
We are bidding this past decade a fond farewell as we look forward to the new dreams and adventures this next one has to offer! Cheers to the “New Decade. New Design. New Dreams” to come.