Many of you know that earlier in the year Alan and I decided that we would close the shop at Old Petrie Town at the end of 2012. I have been a little surprised by how many people saw this as a negative rather than a new opportunity to reinvent our business and lifestyle.
When we started the business we did markets. Having both done markets separtely we discussed what we hated most about markets. The answer was a resounding " having to pack it all away when you got home."
Alan built the trailer so that not only would it open up to be our display but so that we could store all our stock inside during the week. This was the first design.
Like our business in general, the trailer was redesigned and rejuvenated to meet an ever changing market.
After about 18 months of marketing we had an opportunity to move into the shop at Old Petrie Town. Our first day was New Year's Day. We celebrated with family and friends.
Since that day people in the image have grown up, married, had babies, grown very old and a number are no longer with us. The products also changed to keep up with everchanging tastes, resources, ability to keep up production and competing buisness priorities.
We talked our way into having our needlework kits stocked, and in a prime spot, at a large Craft & Quilt Fair in exchange for me working free. Eventually we had our own site for many years until we decided to move on from that.
I could go on and on through the years of how we have grown and reinvented oursleves and TrishAlan Designs. The shop was the flagship when we opened it all those years ago; online shopping was yet to hit its stride, I hadn't even thought about writing a magazine column let alone a book. Having a shop gave us far greater credibilty as business people and creatives. But times change. The shop has gone from being 100% of the business income to being 20% but taking 80% of our time. While still operating in profit the shop itself was starting to reduce our lifestyle and anybody who has ever sat through one of my business planning session knows how I feel about that. Time, skills and opportunities have brought us to a new place, a place where we no longer choose to invest our time in the shop but rather speaking enagements, teaching and writing. We have closed the shop only, a very small part of TrishAlan Designs.
I can't remember who to quote but I read once that if you are not moving forward then by definition you are going backwards.TrishAlan Designs moves forward into the New Year.