Sunday, August 23, 2009

One week to go...

In one week our shop closes. I wanted to share a little of this time with you before I move entirely forward with this blog. "One Day At a Time" is certainly something I need to focus on right now. My little one just started pre-school and as exciting as that is (wonderful school and even more wonderful teacher), I also feel like my heart has been ripped from my chest and the world is walking all over it. My bigger little one starts middle school in 2 days. I am that sappy, nostalgic person that can be so that she is irritating... I am even more memory-clingy and emotional as a mother. This is a huge time for my girls and for me. I am thrilled and excited and I am also a complete wreck! In addition to these life changes... I have to push forward with the closing down of Lorken Food Finery. We are running the whole shop at "buy 1 get 1 1/2 off" with a few extras at up to 60% off and have blown through a lot of inventory as well as most of our shelving. We are at a bit of a standstill right now as we argue/barter with the landlord over the space we are in. This only adds to the emotional roller coaster our family is on. I wanted to share some photos of my sweet little shop before it is empty, closed and belongs to another. I promise this blog will not be a gooey mess of posts about my private life but I do want to share a little before I really dive in. One week to go and we close the doors of the gourmet shop and open those of a gourmet blog :)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Beginning of the End

One year ago my husband and I opened a gourmet food/specialty kitchen shop. We dreamed up the concept and created the store for 5 years. We worked day and night and put our hearts and souls into a 2000 square foot building that we named after our 2 beautiful daughters and filled it with things we thought people would love (that we ourselves loved). We opened with hope and excitement only to be sitting here, working just as hard as we were a year ago... closing it's doors. September 2008-September 2009 proved to be a year of struggles, battles and losses that we never anticipated and never thought we would have the strength to endure. We are closing the doors of our precious shop. We travel up and we travel down the hills of emotion and we are prepared for what the future will bring. This blog is the beginning of a new adventure. We close the doors on the specific location of Lorken Food Finery with slight hopes of re-opening in 2010 in a better, more suitable location. We close the doors with the intent of sharing our love of food and drink in a new way. I hope this blog of food finery will inspire and educate as well as entertain both you and I. Thank you to all of you who supported our shop, to everyone who has tried to lift my spirits and love me through a strange year. I regret nothing, I am still me, our dream has not died and now I can move forward with a clearer (and wiser) outlook. Hang in there (and help me along... PLEASE!!!) as I make this blog worth reading. I am a "newbie" and way out of my element in this world of blogging.