First and foremost, THANK YOU to all of our amazing customers! Today was amazing and words cannot even begin to describe how grateful we are that you made it to our store for Small Business Saturday shopping. I truly enjoy our conversations, our stories, and hearing your decorating ideas. I love seeing the kiddo shoppers as well. They always warm my heart. You all feel like old friends and this is our time to catch up. I may be a true introvert, but truly, it’s moments like these I look forward to every single time we open the doors.
All these wonderful memories with all of you have made this next part extremely hard….
After our December openings, we have decided to close the doors permanently to Country Style Accents.
Now that those words sit there, I will go into the lengthy, heart-on-my-sleeve version. Some of you have watched me grow since I started this venture 10 years ago. Yes, 10 years. I found myself a newly single mom, and shortly after moving in with my dad, he passed away suddenly. My world flipped upside down and inside out within a matter of months. I depended very much on him. He had so much more to teach me. I was lost, had no faith in anything I did, and I had no idea what to do now. Then my hubby came along, pulled me back up and pushed me to reach for the stars. No dream seemed crazy to him. He would just ask, “How can we make this happen?”. So for the next few years, I grew into this business. It was such a beautiful outlet for me for many reasons. I was learning so much and pushing fear aside. I started self-teaching myself how to use tools I’ve only seen my dad use. But using them made me feel closer to him. It made me feel like he was right there with me, still teaching silently. I started selling pieces online and realized the strong demand. So then I hoped into a few different stores. But while the traveling and having small kids was tough, this gave me a great deal of the experience I was searching for. Once we completed renovating my dad’s old house and were ready to sell it, we searched for a home to continue to grow the business. We bought our property much because it had a shop ready to move in to and get straight to work. Fast forward a couple years and then we opened the store 2 ½ years ago.
I had plans and dreams. But as a good friend said it well, we make plans and God laughs. With so much struggle for balance, I have realized that maybe this just isn’t what I was meant to do. And I will have to be ok with that. Everything has its own way of working out. I consider myself so extremely lucky to have been able to have such an amazing support system behind me. And to have been able to live out this dream. I will never take this moment for granted. I understand completely that I got to take a dream and make it happen for 2 ½ years. I consider myself one lucky lady. I can say I tried. I don’t have to regret the ‘what-if’s’. This journey has been absolutely wonderful. But all good things come to an end. I’m not sure where this road will take me next, but I have faith.
I have to give a few shout outs because they deserve it.
First to our vendors. They have become part of our store family. Whether they live close by or another state away. You are all so amazingly talented and it has been such an honor to be able to help sell your items. They have put so much trust in me to do this for them and I truly cherish each of you.
Our friends and family. This would have never been a possibility without them! Their support, their help, their kind words and encouragement. I cannot even put into words this amazing support we’ve had over the past 2 ½ years. They have helped move furniture, work at the store, or simply told people to shop here. It has been such an amazing sight to see.
We will continue to be open our regular dates as stated. Please remember to use any gift cards that you may have. We have a few of our special order items we are still fully committed to working on and finishing for our customers.
We invite you to shop with us for the last times during either Arli-Dazzle Day, December 1st 9-3 or anytime during our last full weekend, December 13-17th. We will be marking items down and would love to have you visit us one last time.
I know I speak for all of us when I say how grateful we are to the community of Arlington. It has been so wonderful being a very small part of it for a little while. The other business owners who have welcomed us with open arms and who have helped spread the word. To all of our local customers who shop, some nearly EVERY time we are open! I loved learning your names, your stories, and your families. I will truly miss you all so much.