We gave out gifts to the first 100 customers through the door and some were in line nearly an hour before we opened. Jackie handed out every one of them in the first few minutes we were open.
Not only did we set out our holiday decor, but we did a complete rearrange of the whole store including moving our check out area and new paint on the walls. It was a bit of a huge undertaking, but you know me ... I always feel we can do it all. With the help of my phenomenal staff who worked with me side by side for three solid days, we nearly accomplished it. The following week we continued putting out new Christmas every single day and new gift items are going out every day still through Christmas.
Amy J's newest creation all made from phone book pages
Amy J insisted that I enjoy myself and visit with you all and would not let me work behind the counter in spite of the long lines. Every year we have done this, it is like a fog the next day and I can't remember it. Just like a bride with all the planning and then hardly remembers the wedding. This time I savored every moment and am so thankful and blessed for each of you.
I didn't get my camera out at all that night and relied on other's photos. A special thanks to Anne Story for helping me with photos, Kim at Bloomingals for the prettiest floral arrangements we have ever seen, (She nailed the shop's personality perfectly and we highly recommend her) Steven for the wonderful live music, Rebekah Trimble for the fabulous food, all the shop girls for never complaining and doing what needed to get done, and my wonderful husband Matt for staying up with me into the wee hours for many nights helping and supporting me. Without you - there would bee no Bee Swanky!