I need some advice!

Posted in business-a-go-go, Fun Stuff, Main, outings, sidenotes at 10:46 pm by carrie

I used to joke that I would never get bored with the shop if I were to move or expand every 2-3 years or so. We opened in 2003, expanded in 2004 and now there is a very slight chance that we could be moving soon.

We may have the opportunity to move down to the Montrose Shopping plaza on Honolulu Avenue in Montrose (about 2 or 3 miles from where we are now). They have the really cool annual Arts and Crafts Festival every June (where we got our start!), great restaurants and a lovely walking area where we sometimes go walk our dogs. My Mom would take me to the Paper Rabbit when I was little to pick out stickers… I even won their “name our mascot” contest when I was seven or eight, and they still have him around (he’s a bunny named Scribbles and my mom came up with the name… but let me take all the glory!).

There are a lot of pros and cons to this move… and who knows if all the planets and stars will align perfectly and I’ll find the spot I want :) But… I would really like to hear what you have to say :)

Please vote here:

Should Violets are Blue move to Montrose?
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Looking back to allllll the work we’ve done on the shop, it will be bittersweet to leave… but hey… if someone offered me a great little victorian house with a big parking lot to turn into a store I wouldn’t care where it was, I would jump at it! That’s my idea of perfect star alignment ;) I love that there are so many opportunities out there if you just open your heart to them (my heart is open, just show me the way)! A few of my bestest friends are moving to far away places in the next few months… this is going to be a big year for change. Hey, it IS January 1st, 2007 today :) OH! and my cousin was the 2nd “R” in the Porterville Marching Band in the Rose Parade in Pasadena… how about that!

Speaking of Rose Parade… while zig zagging through the Southland with our new GPS, we got to see La Canada’s cool Rose Parade Float under construction!

2 little penguins getting ready for installation… (please excuse the poor picture quality, camera phone)
Some very friendly kids on scaffolds working on the float
Lens flare and rows and rows of bucket filled with various flowers

An artist’s rendering of the aforementioned float :) “Self-Built Float”

Hmmm… perhaps I should submit a float drawing for 2008???? The theme is “Celebrations Throughout the World”… nothing comes to mind… yet.

You’ll be seeing a lot of pictures of our great stomping grounds thanks to “Maggie”, our Magellan Road mate GPS thingy :) You don’t get lost and it finds restaurants for you… it’s SO awesome for the directionally-challenged :)

Please vote! And I’ll be posting new drawings soon! I’m so excited for Spring!


  1. Kim said,

    January 2, 2007 at 6:26 am

    Hi Carrie,
    If the new shopping center has more foot traffic and the space/$$rent makes sense – no brainer…yes it will take lots of sweat equity and paint but isn’t that what you love to do?! It will be fun and just think of all the potential new customers! Good luck!
    PS – thanks for checking out and commenting on my blog :)

  2. Jill said,

    January 2, 2007 at 11:10 am

    I wish I was qualified to answer your survey. Wish I leaved near your shop….no matter where it is located! Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my blog. I really do appreciate it! Happy New Year! I hope you visit again!

  3. Tyn said,

    January 2, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Hey girl. That is a big deal. I don’t think I can vote. You will know what is right for you.
    Glad that you are gonna play in the postcard swap!!
    I’ll keep ya posted.

  4. Amanda bel said,

    January 3, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Yikes! I don’t know how to vote…..moving is a pain, but new opportunities are allways intriguing. Good luck with whichever one you choose! (Go with your gut, it’s usually right.)


  5. Carrie Sommer said,

    January 3, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    I still have to make the visit to your shop! I guess that’s on the resolution list for 2007! Would love to make one of your parties…we’ll see. I keep wanting to check out the Montrose Fair, but it’s always the same weekend as the Palos Verdes Street Fair, and I can’t miss that one!

  6. lucy said,

    January 10, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    I say go with your instinct, your heart wont’ steer you wrong!

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