This is kind of a hard blog post to write and one I've been thinking about for a while now.
Big changes are afoot chez Passionflower because beloved manager of many years now, the amazing and stylish Becky Tonkin is leaving the store in October to....to....well I guess the best way to put it is that she's leaving the store to follow her dreams. And she's moving to Astoria. I know whatever Becky puts her mind to, it will be amazing, and I completely believe in her creative genius (and I do not use that word lightly) and (OMG, does this sound sappy or what?) I wish her all the best of luck in whatever she pursues. And I am forever grateful that she has poured her heart and soul into Passionflower. And I totally get it that someone as talented as she might want to give what they've got to their own creative vision instead of someone elses. Plus it's been a wonderful ride. And did I mention, how much I'll just miss seeing her everyday? But, always one to look at the bright side, it is the perfect excuse for a big blowout, Becky Bon Voyage Party ....so stay tuned for that - I'm thinking First Friday in October.
Insert multiple smiley faces here.
And that also means I'm in a world of hurt until we (the collective Passionflower we) hire a new manager. Just a little higher than normal anxiety level - fear of the unknown etc, etc (insert anxiety emoticon here). And I know she (or he Ha!, how would you feel about seeing a guy behind the cash wrap at Passionflower?) won't be Becky. They'll be someone else with their own strengths and interests and skills and that's actually pretty exciting. And Becky is going to train them and me too. And we really need you to help us find the right person - someone who gets our brand, someone who has some panache and a big heart and loves to sell and has some math and computer smarts too. You can read the Craig's List ad here. Or if you think you know someone who'd love this job, tell them about it, Or maybe you, dear reader, are that someone. (Insert hopeful emoticon here) I'd like to hire in August and have the new person (that's what I'm calling them in my mind right now, might want to reframe that) start in September. Oh my gosh, it's really happening. It's official now.