Over the past 12 months I have been working hard to develop my new store The Perfect Provenance. It has been challenging, exciting and slightly terrifying. When you embark upon a new business venture you never know if it will work or if people will respond positively. About 10 days ago, we launched our concept with a pop up store in Greenwich, CT. Thus far, we have had a lot of great feedback and a steady amount of sales and support. Despite all of the positive feedback, it is daunting to try and start a new retail business today. I am lucky to be able to do this because I am launching this business later in life and because of years of working with many people in creative businesses.
|Amour Vert is an eco friendly company based in San Francisco|
that I am excited about having part of our store.
Today is Small Business Saturday, created by American Express to support locally owned businesses, it is a time that non chain store retailers and restaurants are brought into the spotlight. One of the best things about owning a local small business is the interaction with your community, and feeling like you are contributing to the life around you. Certainly big companies employ many people, and give back vitally to many communities, but small business is as local as local gets. and they uniquely give a community energy, personality and culture. Small business is vested in the overall life, and vitality of a town, and it's people. When small businesses fail, and market conditions inhibit their ability for them to thrive, towns, especially American towns, become strip malls. Even affluent areas can become strip malls with mass luxury taking over many US main streets.
While 'sameness' may give some people comfort, 'sameness' is also boring, safe and uninspiring. Small businesses support their communities, but they also provide creative support to other small businesses. They inspire and support diversity. Small business also has a shorter supply chain, and you can know where, how and when your products were made Large retailers are so far away from their supply chain, they often have no idea where or how their products come from.
|Joy of Light is a Connecticut based small business that makes designer matches. A perfect |
complement to candles and for gifts
I am thrilled to bring the creativity of so many small brands or new designers to my community from around the US and indeed, the world. #shopsmall today and everyday you can, you will be glad you did. You can visit us in Greenwich at 205 Railroad Avenue until December 1 or online at www.theperfectprovenance. Have a perfect day.