Often the phone rings chez glassybaby and I jump right into my role as human GPS, which happened this past week. I guided two customers into our store, they found themselves lost and meandering in Madison Park. Madrona is a lovely satellite neighborhood...emphasis on satellite.
With a smiling flourish these two sisters arrived and breezed into the store. The ventilation in our 'new' hot shop is so good that customers are literally inhaled through our door...a kind of wind vortex ushers them in...it can be dramatic. I learned that the sisters were playing hooky from work...just enjoying the day together, alone. One proclaimed: 'I have been waiting for this moment for 2 years.' Before commencing shopping they needed sustenance, victuals. Again, human GPS...I guided them to the Hi Spot, the ever delicious, breakfast all day, restaurant around the corner.
Nourished, they returned for shopping and it was darling to see the sisters lighting and kibitzing. With decisions made, one chose Celadon, the other Grandma Jane's Caramel, I boxed and bantered and rang them up. I love describing the giving nature of Jane's Caramel...four dollars from each 'Jane's' sold goes toward a student's tuition , one studying oncology nursing at the University of Washington. Both women had an instant emotional response to this description. Their eyes welled from some sororal, personal reserve of tears and their utterances to explain were beautiful...the color choice was meant to be, their mother has battled breast cancer...she is finally cancer free. It was a meaningful convergence.
Other store passages of the week. I enjoy the poetry of discussing color. A dear customer said: 'These colors just rhyme together.' Eloquent. In another instant, a gentleman entered our store, he sagely studied our behemoth shelf of color. Smiling, he turned to me and said: 'I always have to pick a color that I don't like. That way I know that my wife will like it.' Sweet and generous. Tidbit...his business is called Kreb's Recycle...they make dog leashes from recycled climbing rope...kool and green. he might make Lee's dog, prone to escaping through the kitty door, a 30 foot leash. We are a doggy bunch.
Endnote...a dashing gentleman, with a lunch break urgency, came in, expressly for 2 glassybaby...birthday gifts for his wife. He would give her the Apricot glassybaby, his daughters would give her the Halo and perhaps the goldfish would offer the soy tea lights? I forgot to ask.
Until Next Time. Have a wonderful Memorial Day. It is with collective gratitude that we remember and honor those who have served and serve our country. Nicola