Sunday, January 31, 2010

We've Come a Long Way, Baby

There are very few people who can actually say they love what they do. We can honestly say we LOVE our jobs. Everyone knows how excited we get every time an order is dropped off… like kids on Christmas morning! The Paper Pickle has brought so much happiness to our lives. We have reached many goals we never imagined we’d achieve because of you, our loyal customers. You stop in and support us, but not only that, you tell your friends about us! Even after six years, we continue to meet new people every day who are getting started in this hobby that brings us all so much joy. We are always so flattered when people make special trips to Chatham to come visit us!

But, as our lives continue to change, we too must change. Our priorities are now shifting as we watch Julia, Coulter and William grow. Our lives will only continue to get busier as our families keep growing; therefore we have decided to put The Paper Pickle Company on the market for sale.

This has been the most amazing six years of our lives! We have grown tremendously; from our humble 400 square foot store on Kent Street, that focused primarily on renting stamps, to our expansion only 17 short months later to our current 1,200 square foot location, with the addition of scrapbooking supplies and an invitation business.

Not only have we built our business over the years, we have built many amazing friendships. We have been included in your growth both personally and creatively. You may have come into the store because you wanted to scrapbook your child’s life or your life. Maybe you were getting married and wanted to create unique invitations or you wanted to make a special card for a friend. But you have all come in because of the love of the hobby. We have had so much fun watching life happen. And you have seen life happen at “The Pickle”. Kell got married and had her first child, and Kim joined the business full time in 2005 and raised her two children at the store.

So what does this mean to you? Well, behind the scenes, we are going to work to find the best purchaser so that the integrity of the Paper Pickle remains intact. We want to make sure that this person comes in with the same excitement and passion as we do. We will guarantee that you will not notice a change in the day to day operations of the business. We will continue to provide you with the latest and greatest products at competitive prices (did I mention that copic markers will be here any day now and that CHA orders are now being placed?). We will also continue to provide you with our amazing customer service.

The best thing that you can do to ensure that The Paper Pickle remains as it is today, is to talk to us if you would like to be included in the future of the business or pass this post on to someone you know that may be interested in this great opportunity.

Kim & Kell


9 comments:

LilScrapper said...

Wow.........not the post I was expecting...I can't believe it. I fully understand the demands of being a working mom and I wish I could be home with my babes. I wish you and your families every happiness and thank you so much for allowing me to grow and learn as a crafter. Thank you also for sharing you family with ours. Your gift has allowed me to create so many pieces that our family will cherish for many years to come.
We will miss you when the dark day comes the you leave us, please leave us in good hands. I don't know where I'd shop without you. !!! Again, all the best in the next chapters of you life !

scrappygirl said...

Oh my goodness!!! I am in shock! I really don't know what to say! This is not the news I was expecting either. I mean--I understand your reasonings BUT no Kim & Kelly? Oh my gosh--I need a minute to take this in....I love you guys and I cannot believe this. I wish you all the best!

LindaH said...

what can i say....besides {sniff}...just please don't make me shop online!

Laina said...

WHAT!!! Wow, total shock here. But at the same time my heart hurts. Not that I don't understand, but I totally would have never expected this! I'm sitting here also just trying to let it sink in...

crazy4scrappin said...

Well...I would have to say that I too am in shock this morning. This is not the post that I expected either to be reading, however I totally understand that everyone must make hard decisions in their lives that best meet their families needs.
The Pickle without Kim and Kell just does not seem right, but I am certain that you will pass the flame to someone who will continue to maintain the Pickle name.
All the best.

CraftyViolet said...

My jaw is hanging down! I was thinking you were going to announce you were going to bring in a guest like Tim Holtz! Boy, was I wrong. I can understand the pull to stay home with your children though and I do hope you can find a buyer that will keep the "Pickle" on-going. Best of luck to both of you.

jroff said...

I am in shock! No Kim and Kelly at the Pickle. It will not be the same. You both feel like family and you will be truly missed! Best wishes as you start a new chapter in your lives.

readinglinda said...

Wow... totally unexpected. The store might remain but boy will we miss you two!!!! May you find God's plan for your families. All the best. God bless. Linda

P.S. You will have plenty of kleenex on hand as we all come in won't you????

Krys said...

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