After 10 years at 463 Sussex Drive, we said goodbye on January 5th to this beloved location as a result of the major year long renovation project planned for our block in between Clarence and Murray.
But for the love of labour, I was still sewing the last few stiches while packing up, knowing that my machines would be in storage for a while. How long, is really not clear as finding the right location is a mix of patience, persistence and trust.
For now it's a welcome rest in off peak season in the market and once all R's are addressed - Rest, Reevaluate, Research, Redesign, Renew - I will hopefully find a new inspiring and energizing space to Relaunch.
I am so grateful for my time here, for all the great customers I have had the privilege of serving, for all the dear friends I have made as a result of being in this beautiful heritage location. However, it certainly has had its challenges.
My first visit at 463 left me unimpressed. Then, like uncovering a treasure, it took shape and sprouted a whole new life. It became home to my creativity, to my collections.
A lot of elbow grease combined with a vision hatched this beautiful nest.
Then every challenge possible tested my resilience with chaos showing up one year after the other in various shapes and forms.
Then in August 2015, after all we had already endured, a notification was issued stating that the whole block needed major life cycle attention and vacating the premises would be required of all tenants in the block.
It's been a long road. But despite all the chaos lived at 463 Sussex Drive, I leave with a heavy heart, a broadened spirit and the hope that what awaits will continue to inspire me, and perhaps offer a little more peace.
A final farewell...lights out...exit stage left.