Time to celebrate! What's not to be happy about? When we opened our doors on 1/11/2020, it was a joyous time! The thought of having our local dance parents not having to travel out of state to try on dance shoes was exciting! Getting to watch the smiling faces walk through our doors---first time dancers, professionals, teachers and my favorite---new dance moms looking for guidance...it's truly the best!
Well....then we were closed (sigh). It truly took the wind out of our sails, but we constantly looked on the bright side and of course, pivot, pivot, pivot. When we re-opened, we were terrified. Dancers were still on zoom and I sat many days in my empty store waiting for it to become alive again.
Now, here we are! I can hear Elton John's, "I'm still standing" in my head right now! We still have our bad days, weeks, and months, but we are still here. Comp season is coming to an end, but recital season within reach. We still experience shipping challenges and backorders, but we have learned how to manage these issues instead of dread them. When everything is "normal" it's truly going to be a breeze! It's going to be normal again right???
So, cheers to us, all of the small business owners that stress out like me everyday, and cheers to all of YOU that help us help you!
Here's how you can support your local small businesses:
- Buy a gift card
- Write a great review
- Like AND follow them on social media
- Share their businesses on social media
- Talk about them! Worth of mouth is the best advertising ever!
- Become one of their favorite customers!
I don't talk about this often, but the reason why I started Little Dance Boutique is what keeps me going through the tough times (*COUGH* shipping delays, postal strikes and copycats *COUGH*). So gather round the proverbial fire, children. Here's the story of why I started the company I run today.
I've always known that I was meant to be "in charge". I've also referred to myself as a Jill of all trades and master of none. I have SO MANY interests that it's hard for me to concentrate on just one thing. I went from wanting to be a cartoonist to a coroner on my long list of "what do you want to be when you grow up".
After 10 years of coaching cheerleading, I entered the dance world. First as an acro instructor and then as a dance mom (the latter is much harder btw). When my youngest joined the competition team, I didn't think it would be a big deal. I've dealt with the competition aspect for years and we always had a cute dance store in the area...but it was gone!
At about the same time that I was growing painfully tired of my 9-5, I was also growing painfully tired of buying the wrong dance gear for my daughter online. One of my friends said, "someone should open a dancewear store" and I immediately knew that someone was me!
Had I known Covid would hit after being open for 2 months, I probably wouldn't have done it, but I finally feel like I'm exactly where I am meant to be. LDB isn't just a store, not just a company or even a brand. It's a piece of my history and a community of all of the things that I love...Art, Children, Family, Teamwork & Kindness. God willing it will be a part of the future with my great great grandkids running things in years to come.