In July 2020, we moved my 15+ year old "non-essential" pottery business out of a gorgeous light-filled, brick & beamed historic mill - and into my home's finished basement. Grateful have survived the shutdown's arbitrary rules, we spent the last year trying to figure out how to survive in this pending reset world. Business as usual was gone, along with half of our business in the form of shuttered gift shops and cancelled weddings.
In lean times, small businesses survive by getting really lean, really quick. The move drastically reduced our overhead, I stopped taking a paycheck, and we went into survival mode. A combination of government loans and grants kept us alive while we waited for buyers to realize that the world was not ending. Eventually, we became profitable again.
As we regrouped, we returned to the plan put in place just 2 months before lockdown. Friend & long time employee, Nicole, take ownership of Museware's pottery line. I'd finally be free to pursue my own abstract and memorial creative work.
On May 4th, 2021 we signed papers. Museware on Main was born. In 2 weeks, Nicole will her pottery production studio out of my basement and into her own location, complete with a Main Street storefront. She's terrified in a most delightful way. I'm thrilled for her - and a bit terrified for myself.
May 4th was my angel son Neal's 28th birthday, and my niece Taylor's 1st sobriety anniversary. We now have 3 reasons to celebrate this auspicious day.
May the 4th be with you.