The cat is out of the bag! I will be closing my store at the end of September. My retail display units have already sold, and a new tenant is lined up to take my space in October. This is not a sad event. This is something I need to do for my own happiness. In my mind, these changes are positive ones.
The last day to purchase art or merchandise in store is September 15, as I will be packing it up for the Mind, Body & Spirit Fair in Langford held on September 17. It will not be unpacked again until my next event which is the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo happening September 22-24. The last day for drop-in Tarot readings is September 29. September 30 is reserved for moving day.
I may be moving, but my art and Tarot business will carry on. My office headquarters will move back into my home, and my plan is to put more focus on promoting both disciplines online, my preferred way of offering my products and services. I have plans to open a second Etsy shop by mid October where I will offer my Tarot readings in addition to those offered through my website. I will, however, hold on to my little Tarot room on Beacon Avenue so that I have a space to meet clients in person. All readings will have to be booked in advance by appointment (click here to book a reading with me).
Although I am really looking forward to the change, I will admit I am a little worried that the grass will always look greener on the other side of the fence. I remember how frustrated I was the last time I worked from home with the unclear distinction between work time and personal time, and how much I was looking forward to the separation back when I first opened my little storefront. Now I find myself unhappy with many aspects of running a business outside of my home: the more expensive overhead, the rigid and inflexible open hours, the neglect of my home due to no longer having the energy to maintain it to a standard I prefer, not to mention my dissatisfaction in general with the physical space and environment I had to work with. Once I finally admitted I wasn’t happy, the decision to close was a no-brainer, and a quick analysis of the numbers on my books sealed the deal. I am hoping with all of this wisdom and experience in mind, I can rely on some of my established routines to transfer with me back to the home office so I can experience the best of both worlds.
It may be the end of an era, but it is also the beginning of a new adventure.