I got this picture this morning when I went to my Facebook newsfeed. It was a memories picture from five years ago today. Talk about flood of emotions.
Before moving to SoCo we had a small space, not in the best plaza, but it was what we could afford to lease. It's where we did our first year as a brick and mortar, after years of being online. When we outgrew this location, I sought hard for our next move.
I chose SoCo Collection because I believed in the vision of what was planned for the plaza. Stores, mostly small businesses, where you'll see the owners working at their stores and a variety of boutiques and restaurants. It took a few years for this vision to be realized, but today, SoCo Collection is absolutely all of this. SoCo Collection was a first of its kind here in Orange County. It was the inspiration for the many other plazas that opened with the same vision. It paved the way and we were part of this. Granola Babies was at the time the only boutique in the entire courtyard. I believed in what it would be and am proud of what it's become.
But, having a store and a family has it's challenges. I was (and am) a working parent, also (at that time) trying to homeschool three kids ages 7, 4 and 2. I didn't get to see them as often as I wanted to, since I worked full time at the same time. Like all full time working parents, I lament the times I missed (and still miss) getting to be with my children more.
On top of that, five years ago, my fourth was a vision as well. I wanted so badly another baby and had several miscarriages before I finally carried through his pregnancy. The community of Granola Babies and SoCo Collection was so supportive when one of the miscarriages devastated and broke me. And this same community, celebrated with me when my fourth was born. And as a baby of a shop owner, he came to work with me, a worn baby, for a long time.
As inspiration for other shops as well, we've seen businesses open and sadly also close. We've reinvented ourselves each year, to meet the needs of our customers and we've made changes that shocked some and pleased most. I thank my family and my customers for the fact that Granola Babies is open and striving.
Where will we be FIVE years from today? Honestly, I don't know. As small business owner, I take it one year at a time. I love our shop, I love our community and I love our team and the commitment we make to make our customers happy. And we plan to do so as long as we can.
I can't believe it's truly been five years from this picture. Feels so long ago...so many changes, so many wonderful things and some not so wonderful things. But isn't this how life is. Yet the future is bright and whatever it brings, we'll meet it and embrace it. Thank you for the last five years.