This past weekend's Farmers Market was quite entertaining weather-wise (wind + rain + a street full of tents & product = total chaos). But, week after week, I walk away encouraged. These people come out over and over again to support what they believe in: local. They're engaged, curious and proud of their community. As a new small business owner, I eat that up. They are my people.
So while selling the Troy berry goods is an exciting new adventure, it's really just a step in the right direction. Creating a local presence alongside other entrepreneurs is the bigger idea here. Without a local storefront, it's rare that someone knows of The Olivine other than through social media. Making conversation with people as they walk up is most enjoyable for me. I'm there, I'm listening and I'm happy to chat.
Conversations tend to go like this.. "Oh, you do logo work? My company could really use a new one. Do you have a business card?" Or, "My daughter is turning four next month and I need invitations. Do you do those too?" Yes, yes, YES. See how that works? Once the ball gets rolling, you never know where it might end up. The opportunities are unraveling, just like I thought they might, although I'm not sure where it's all heading. The beauty of the unknown is what makes this creative journey exciting. That hill is being conquered, one checkmark at a time.
Will I catch you at the market this Saturday? Join me in hoping for no rain and wind!
Ps. Thanks for snapping this photo, Jan!