It is with a heavy heart but also with a huge weight off my shoulders that I am announcing the Closure of my Retail Shop at 105 North Main Street, Youghal on Saturday 22nd December.
I took the plunge and opened up my Retail Shop in April 2017 after working from home for 3 years. It was against a lot of advice not to open up in Youghal but I was too headstrong for my own good and really thought I had a shot at bringing something new and different to my Home Town. Unfortunately the Footfall just wasn’t there for my Shop and when it came to the point where I could no longer pay my Rent and Rates, I knew it was time to go.
I put my heart, soul and wallet into my Shop and I loved going into work every day, I was never bored as I had plenty of online orders to keep me busy all day every day even up to today I am up the walls with orders! But as walk-in business slowed way down, my online orders alone could not justify paying rent, rates and all the other bills that come with having a retail shop, which in effect was becoming just a Collection Depot! So I thought why am I paying all of these huge overheads when I could be doing the same thing working from home – which I had successfully been doing for 3 years previous?! It was coming to the stage where I actually started to dread going into the Shop because if retail sales were bad then my whole mood was bad – and this was not fun for anyone at home! The stress was starting to take over my life and I wasn’t sleeping or eating very well which meant I couldn’t function properly at all.
Also these 2 are making my decision to walk away from my pretty shop a lot easier as I will have complete freedom of my time back again to spend with them, which is the whole reason I set up my Business in the first place! When I worked from home I could choose my hours, I could work in the evening time and my days were pretty much free. Time is flying by and they are already growing up was too fast with Ben in PreSchool and Eva has just started Big School so I don’t want to have any regrets with how I chose to spend my time. I also need to be there to do all the School Runs, they currently have 2 different finishing times so running up and down to the School while trying to run a Shop at the same time was never going to work really was it – like what was I thinking…! But I had to give it a try and get it out of my system and I’m glad I did because I gave it the best shot I could within my means and I’ve no regrets, just lessons learned.
It still has been a very tough decision for me, as let’s face it no-one likes to admit defeat, but there is no point in clinging on to something if it’s not working. If my Happiness Planner has thought me anything, it’s that if you aren’t happy with something in your life, stop holding yourself back and make a change because life is just way too short. Happy Mind, Happy Life!
So, I’m going to relocate my Studio back out home to Atlantic Park, Summerfield and concentrate on just being an Online Business again because that is where I am Happiest! I’m going to take a little break over Christmas and spend some real quality time with my Family and start looking after myself. After Christmas, I will move everything back into my Home Studio and will be back to crafting by mid January. I will still be blogging away and will continue working hard to bring you the best products I can source for Jessica Loves Online Gift Shop, products that I love and hopefully you will love too! I will still be offering a Local Pick Up Option alongside the Courier Delivery Option, so my locals can come out and collect their beautiful gift orders in person – most likely between 10am and 11am Monday to Friday but I will confirm all that in the New Year. For now, you can collect your orders in the Shop up until 5pm on Saturday 22nd December.
Before I finish up here, I just want to say a huge thanks to everyone who did support me locally in my Shop in Youghal and to those who continue to support me locally and online – every single email order notification that comes in makes me smile from ear to ear and I just hope I can continue to create beautiful handmade personalised gifts for you for another while yet.
“Starting today, I need to forget what’s gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what’s coming next”
Thanks for stopping by x