Happy Holidays

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I'm taking a few vacation days and heading home to spend some much needed QT with my family. It has been a very long year for me personally planning, preparing and working to get my shop ready to open in 2013. The journey has been both exciting and terrifying all wrapped up in one big gift. I am blessed with this opportunity to persue my dream and I realize that not many people are given that chance in life. It would be a huge  understatement to say that I could not do this without the support of my amazing friends, family, clients, work colleagues and even some strangers that have provided me with not only the capital to make this dream a possibility but endless encouragement and wisdom along the way. I am so excited about all that is to come in the new year and hope that you will join me in this adventure! 

Happy Holidays


It's The End Of The World As We Know It

So it is 12.21.12, how are we doing so far? 

I totally use to play my R.E.M. Document cassette tape on my boombox and rewind it over and over trying to learn all the words. I'm pretty certain I still got a large majority of them incorrect. To all of you youngsters reading (did I just use the term youngsters?) and probably snickering in mockery at my lameness, I'll have you know that we did not have the World Wide Web or Google to search for song lyrics nor did we have an iPod or iTunes to pause music or any other such tech-foolery. My boombox was badass, it had stickers on it. And I could make a mean mix tape. 

If it really was the end of the world, what would you do in your last days??? 


The Old Belva's

If you are local you probably know what that means. The building that my shop is in was built in 1956 by Belva Williams as Mt. Pleasant's first and now oldest florist. When I tell people where I am located they say "Oh, your in the Old Belva's building." During the up-fit all the subs kept calling it Belva's and I would jokingly say "You mean Eclectic?" It was a big day for me when they painted the building and you could no longer see Belva's Flower Shop anymore...I felt like it was finally Eclectic! [Although the historian/preservationist in me felt rather guilty on the same accord. Keep reading my posts and you'll see what I've done to preserve what I could of ol' Belva's.]

A little bit o' trivia, there was another building in the same spot before this one. 
Photo via here

Here is a shot mid-reno....

And an after shot...
My landlord thought I was crazy for wanting to keep the old, worn tin roof as is vs repainting it but that is one of my favorite things about the building! He also thought I was crazy for wanting to paint the whole thing white. He actually said "Sidney, I can't figure you out." [I'm guessing he's not the first person to utter those words...pretty sure a few ex boyfriends have said that to me as well.]

I should mention that Belva's Flower Shop is still located in Mt. Pleasant at 1409B Stuart Engals Boulevard so stop by and see them, they are super nice and make beautiful arrangements. Apparently their booming (or should I say blooming...no, no I shouldn't) business (both local and online) required them to move to a bigger location so cheers to them!


My Blogging Hiatus

So I haven't blogged in a LONG time! And I'll tell you why.....for those of you that don't know I am opening up a shop and I have been a bit overwhelmed doing all of this myself. I love my blog but something had to go and this was it. It became a bit of a chore and I didn't want to dread writing so I decided to give myself a little break. Also, I am having someone redesign it. All of this was only suppose to take a couple of months and has now taken six. What can you do?

So let me update you a bit on what I have been doing....I made you a timeline.

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So yes, I will be opening up January 2nd (can I get an Amen?) and hopefully my new blog will be ready by then and I will be back at it! Until then, I will give you some snipits of what has been going on. I hope some of you are still with me! There is a lot of goodness coming in the new year.....