With a Heavy Heart…
Simon (aka my marketing guy) once told me an interesting but quite depressing fact considering that it's human nature to want to be liked…
He said that roughly 80% of all people will either dislike or be disinterested in you and your work and that only 20% of people will truly love you and the work you do.
Therefore he said; "We should make sure to love our 20% back with all our heart, embrace them as much as possible and never forget the time and support they give to us".
So, for my wonderful 20% out there, it is with a VERY heavy heart that I have to tell you that I have decided to close our Prestwich studio.
From a fair few sleepless nights I can tell you that I have not taken this decision lightly and have considered it for quite a while, my Prestwich studio is like my 3rd Baby.
I opened it when Rory was just 8months old (he's now 3.5 going on 83) and those of you who read my earlier blog will know it was a really difficult time for me. My Mum was in her final weeks and my dad was fighting cancer.
They are the reason I opened in the first place. The experience with them made it clear to me that life is too short to not do the things you want to most.
Ironically, I've been having this feeling again lately, that life really is too short and I am not truly living it.
For quite some time now, I've not been able to switch off from work like I used to. There's always this nagging doubt, this fear and worry about the Prestwich store. Therefore, I have taken some time to reflect and have decided that I going to fully embrace and jump on the incredible opportunity I have with Next. With the weight of the pressure of the Prestwich store off of my shoulders, I am going to be able to put absolutely everything into it and make sure it is the success it deserves to be.
To clarify, this isn't a new problem brought on because I have two studios, it is simply because of the over-saturated Prestwich market. There are now three studios within 3 miles and unfortunately, there really isn't enough business for everyone… I say this from the 'Sensible Emily The Accountant' point of view as I've seen this situation a few times before, with various specialised small businesses.
It's a big shame because I still have lots of new and exciting ideas I would have loved to bring to Prestwich, but I feel like I am not focusing on one of the biggest opportunities I have ever been given, my studio in Next.
So, the sensible thing to do is to focus on that and also make sure to spend a bit more time with my family at the same time whilst they are still so young and before they turn into teens that i'm too uncool for... 😜
I'm sure some of you will be a bit upset (and thank you for feeling so passionately about the shop, it's really appreciated) and maybe some of you will disagree with the decision I've taken, but I can promise you it's not been an easy thing to decide.
It has been really wonderful getting to know my loyal customers, from tiny babies that are now cheeky toddlers and adults that are now cheeky adults... I'm so grateful to have the pleasure to know and consider so many of you now as friends, I am hoping that Manchester isn't too far away for you guys and that you will continue to paint and create keepsakes with us in the future!
Now over to the technicalities… I will not be leaving/closing until I find someone new to take over the building, I am very doubtful this will be before the end of May. So all of you guys that have parties booked with us until the end of May please don't worry as we will be open until then. All party bookings that are taken from now on we cannot guarantee will take place in our Prestwich studio (unless they are to take place before the end of May), but we will transfer to our other studio.
All gift certificates that have not been used yet can be used in our Manchester studio also. Loyalty cards can also be transferred to our Manchester studio.
As always I will keep you guys posted and who knows I may even have more time to blog! xx