Next Thursday, March 15, Pear Tree is celebrating a milestone. That's right, y'all, we're turning FOUR.
We know this might not be a big deal to some. I mean, four is not normally an attention-getting birthday. For businesses, those are usually numbers like ten or twenty or twenty-five. That's all well and good, but we are VERY excited about our little fourth birthday.
You see, last year was really hard. We didn't know if our beloved store was going to be around for any more birthdays. Construction and slowed foot traffic drove sales so far down that it looked pretty bleak, and the possibility of closing became a reality that we had to face.
However. If you think we were going down without a fight? You CLEARLY have not met us. We decided that if our community wanted us here as much as we want to be here, then we had to tell them what was going on. And let me tell you: YOU GUYS ROCKED. Oh my goodness. So many people came in to support us, to buy "a little something" to add to our coffers, and made it a point to come in again and again to see how we were doing.
There are not words to express the kindness and generosity we experienced during that time, and there was something really beautiful about the realization that our community DOES love our little store just as much as we do, and appreciates what we are trying to do here.
So yes. YES. We are celebrating the HECK out of our fourth birthday. Because while it might not be one of those "big" birthdays? It's major for us. And besides, life is always worth celebrating. Every darn minute of it.
Happy Birthday to Pear Tree.
And to you, dear reader -- thank you. For your support, your kindness, and your big hearts. We wouldn't be here without you.
See you at the party!