And so who is ”creations by cathy“…? Hmmm… well, that’s kind of a long story. OK, let’s be honest here. I don’t “do” short stories. Period. Better that you know that from the start. But I try. Really, I do. In fact, I’m gonna try right now. So here goes… A quick “creations” timeline…
2002: Creations was “born”. Themed Gift baskets and giftware. Mainly “home parties” at my house with other vendors/friends.
2003: Started a line of custom hand-painted glassware
2004: My first experience with a retail rental space in an actual store. “The Market at Westside Park”. General giftware. Fun just “getting my feet wet…”
2005-2007: Rented a “room” in a store (cool old house) called “Serendipity Accents”. Hand-painted glassware and cocktail themed giftware. Ya. Definitely the “party room”!!
2007-2009: Concentrated on (my high school twins, AND) expanding my customer base through a monthly newsletter and doing lots and lots (and LOTS) of shows. Lots.
2009-2013: Decided I was done moving merchandise in and out of temporary shows (Ugh!), and needed something more permanent… Moved into a brand new upscale boutique co-op called Trendz. So much fun. Amazing people… friends. A great run, and so hard to leave…
2013-2015: HUGE decision (for me!) – a semi-retirement from the world of retail…! I continued to paint custom glassware orders online/from home, but there were constant issues with inventory and supplies that made it impossible to continue with the glassware. Sadly; the end of an era…
2015: It wasn’t long before the “retail itch” started again. So much for “retirement” – HA! As of March 2015, “creations” moved into the basement space of CHARM, in Martin City. Unfortunately, this proved to be more of a “short story” than a novel. New owners took over shortly after my arrival, and the basement space was slated for (painting) classroom space. No worries, though. I found my new home at “Bella B Decor” and moved in May 1! WooHoo! What a ride this “re-entry into the retail rodeo” has been!! Please check out my “Bella B Decor” page” for further updates and details!!
So here is a toast to creating yourself, and more importantly, to RE-creating yourself…! Always. live happy