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February 1, 2021
Looking back on 2020, I am amazed at how well our little shop has done.
Our journey started on an evening stroll through Old Wethersfield with my dog, Sadie. It was during one of these regular walks that I noticed a “For Rent” sign in the window of a small shop located in the heart of the historic district. The first thing that popped into my head was, “This would be a great spot for an antique shop!” Gary noticed my pause and quickly said, “Come on, Missy. Let’s keep walking,” knowing that my mind was up to no good.
Each time we’d head out for our evening walk through Old Wethersfield, I would pause and peek through the window. Like a dog with a bone, I couldn’t let the idea go. I knew in my heart that if I didn’t get this space, someone else would, and I would hate them for it… and myself!
Soon enough, I began plotting! I mean planning. Afterall, that’s what I do best. So, I wrote up a business plan, designed a logo, and approached Gary with my proposal. After many nights of discussion and tossing and turning on my part, we decided to go for it!
We secured the space late fall 2019, and then we demo’ed the interior over Christmas break, while simultaneously building out our inventory. To say it was a whirlwind would be an understatement, but we were able to execute on our business plan and held our Grand Opening, February 15th.
It wasn’t easy, and we had lots of help throughout 2020. My sister, Elizabeth McDonald, was my favorite pickin’ partner and simultaneously built out our website and social media content. Gary Archambault oversaw the demo and renovation of our retail space, working alongside his brother Dave and his two boys, Gabe and Nick. My boys, Ray, Scott, and Joe, helped with estate sales and the pick-up and delivery of furniture.
Gratitude also goes to my lovely intern, Alana Ciarcia, who held down the shop during the busy season, and to my loyal friend and favorite picker, John Shea. I’m thankful to have all of you in my life and a part of Circa’s “Dream Team.”
So, has it been easy? No. Has it been worthwhile? Yes. Would I do it again? Absolutely! As 2020 has taught us, life is unpredictable. You never know what tragedy or triumph awaits us. One thing is certain ~ life is short, and sometimes it's better to take a chance than to sit back and wonder, “What if..”
So dream big and take a chance.
Life is full of surprises!
Melinda with Mayor Rell at Circa's Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting, February 14, 2020