I just wanted to pop in today to share some photos of Sweet Clover‘s Fresh Start ribbon cutting ceremony from last Friday. You all were so kind and supportive with your comments, emails, texts, so I wanted to share the excitement of the moment with you. And I want to thank Kimberly Brooke Photography for capturing this morning for us… She is one of our talented vendors and offered to use my camera (which is not even the brand she is comfortable with!) and shoot some photos for us. Because of that, she isn’t in any of the photos, but she was with us as well!
We began the ceremony inside as it was pretty chilly outside, and Nan from the chamber spoke about our business, our recent changes, and read our mission statement to everyone. We had a nice little crowd which made it all the more exciting! There were a few certificates presented to us, one form the Frederick Chamber of Commerce, as well as one from BWI (the airport in Baltimore). Nan mentioned that she thought this was sometimes an awkward certificate to give to some businesses, but in reading our press release on our website, she came across this section which represents exactly why BWI would present us with a certificate:
Although there are other monthly barn sales in the area, Sweet Clover hopes to offer something unique that will only enhance the entire Frederick community, and create a larger tourist draw to those seeking to get away from the city and shop in a charming rural setting. Bustamante said, “Our goal is to feed the need for non-traditional home furnishings while working together to put Frederick on the map as a vintage lovers destination.”
When the presentation of certificates was finished, Nan asked us to say a few words. Sarah immediately looked at me and said, “This is all you!” I am the extrovert of our partnership- imagine that! I don’t even remember what I said because I was caught off guard and not prepared… Good thing I will never win an Oscar!
We all headed outside, and we were offered the scissors as the ribbon was being set up… Sarah and I could not have made it through the last year without our talented, supportive, and funny team of vendors, so we asked everyone who was there from Sweet Clover to be a part of that moment with us, and to join us in photos and stand with us as we cut the ribbon. (minus Kim who was behind the camera!)
The above photo was just us posing with the scissors for a photo opp, of course, but then we got to do the real cutting! The photo below shows some truly happy faces, doesn’t it? It was an incredible moment to share with our team.
After the ribbon was cut, I made my way through high fiving everyone… we did it!
The entire weekend was one for the books! We were ridiculously busy with a long line all day Saturday (I think the line finally stopped at 4 pm!), and the entire vibe of the place was elevated and happy. At the close of business Sunday, Sarah and I cleaned up and headed home. When I got home I sent Sarah the following text, “Aaaaaaaaand I am having wine again. Because cheers to us! We had a killer weekend, and we had fun! This is the best time I have had at work in a while!” And that, my friends, is the truth! Where one chapter has a happy ending, a new chapter begins with an even happier start.
And now we have a lot of restocking, painting, and hunting to do to get ready for our next event. If you are local, you can check it out here.
Thank you again to Kimberly Brooke Photography, and thank you to our Sweet Clover Team. Check them all out below.
The Green Cottage