The end of a chapter

June 10, 2011 at 19:51 5 comments

The last couple of months have been pretty difficult for Global Fayre (meaning for David and Cheri).

We had realized towards the end of last year that we were struggling to cope with the store itself and all of the other activities that Global Fayre required of us, PLUS raising our two daughters PLUS Cheri being a Doula PLUS David doing his own stuff (what is that exactly?!)

We brought someone in to help at the store (Sophie was a great help and a real asset to the team) but by the time we got to the Spring of 2011 the message had firmly sunk in. We didn’t have the resources (financial, physical and emotional) to make the store work as well as it should or as well as we wanted it to.

So in May we took the decision to close the store itself, but to leave the door open to continue with fair trade talks, outside events at local churches and the online store.

Announcing the closure, and dealing with the customer/friend reaction was truly bitter/sweet. People had some very kind words to say, and we really felt appreciated, but then to feel the process take its own momentum; after all, stores open and close all the time, and we are just one of many. An inventory sale seamlessly turned in to a closing sale, with some very loyal customers getting the “one thing” that they had been wanting for a very long time but could never afford or justify. That was very satisfying to see.

We weren’t prepared for how emotionally draining the last two weeks would be; we lost count of the number of times we had “that” conversation about why we were closing, how we would be missed etc etc. Of course, person #200 means it just as much as the person #1 – so you try hard to have the conversation, yet again.

So the store is closed, and we were preparing for life after downtown Global Fayre…..and then David had a very interesting telephone conversation……..

 

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. James  |  June 10, 2011 at 19:57

    I would like to hear about the interesting telephone conversation.

    Reply
  • 3. Chris  |  June 10, 2011 at 23:27

    Ending on a cliffhanger. Not fair. Now I will awake until an update is posted. I can’t take the suspense!!!

    Reply
    • 4. globalfayre  |  June 11, 2011 at 23:45

      Try to get some sleep….the next installment will be in a few days

      Reply
  • 5. Dawn  |  June 30, 2011 at 14:42

    …and then?

    Reply

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