Well... I think I've left the blogworld in the dark long enough. And frankly, the cat got out of the bag last week on Facebook. Which was completely unintentional... but oh wells. At any rate... Part 3 & an update.
First, the update.
I moved back to Henderson in August. And I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE being back here. It was a bit of an adjustment, just from leaving my own home and being back with my parents for a bit... but it's been incredible. I love being around my family and the people I love on a daily basis. It truly fills me up.
Also, I close on my house THIS FRIDAY!!! That's right... it's about to be a DONE DEAL! Whoop. :) God is so good. So faithful. And, man, I just love Him to pieces. I'm blessed beyond measure.
Now for Part 3.
I've always wanted to own my own business, specifically a retail store. So, a few months ago, I decided that now was the time to do it. God literally closed every door in front of me except for Henderson and a store. So, I started praying for God to help me to do something different... something that would help people... but all the while getting to own my own business that people loved to come to and shop at. I started praying about the things I posted in this post back in June.
So. To cut to the chase. In mid-November, I'm opening Heritage Intentional Mercantile. No... the H.I.M. was completely unplanned. I had no idea until I went to my accountant to file my tax stuff. Which only helped solidify what I was doing. :)
I chose the name "Heritage" after much much much thought. Heritage seems to just fit this place... and me. Heritage is what makes this store part of the community. We are a small community, but we are proud of our town in a really big way. We love where we've come and where we're going. So... that's that.
Intentional mercantile is key to me though. No, it's not a typo of International. No r, one a. I can spell. I digress. I want this store to serve a purpose. I want it to be a place that helps people. I want it to be a place for the community to be proud of. So, the idea came to me that a portion of the monthly revenue will go to an organization, family, non-profit, etc. I want Heritage to be a place that people can count on for help. Do I wish I could give it all away? yes. Do I wish that I could give $100 to every person that walked in to ask for it? yes. But, I know that I can't. At least right now. But, what I do know is that the people that DO know about this part of the business are pretty pumped. We are in the age of giving back. We are in the age of being intentional in all that we do. To either help people, animals, the earth. So. That's where the heart of this business lies.
So now. The big questions I've been getting...
What are you going to sell? a MASS variety of goods. Everything from candles and soaps to kitchen and barware to tshirts and jewelry. It'll have a little bit of everything.
How are you filling that huge space?! easy. I'm renting out square footage to different individuals that love the concept and style of Heritage.
Will you have food? I.hope.so. This is seriously the one question that EVERYONE is asking me. I'm working on it.
When will you open? The goal is Saturday, November 17th. But it's not written in stone.
Website? Facebook? Twitter? 1) heritagehenderson.com 2) facebook.com/heritagehenderson 3) @heritageETX
Ok... that's what I got! If you want to know what's going on with Heritage... then be sure to follow us on Facebook... and check out the website. I'm really going to try to keep this blog separate from work. Cause, let's face it... I will need some type of non-work life. :) As little as it will be!
Thanks so much for everyone's support... and I hope you'll come visit the shop!!!!