An Exploration of the Flowers, Art + Business Local to Essex, New York
Post-holiday winter is known to be a quiet season in the North Country. As a new, local, business owner, I am acutely aware of this fact, what I signed up for, and the psychological somersaults I may have to do to remain motivated over the next few months. That being said, I have been so touched by the consistent support and enthusiasm I have received from the year-round residents that are braving these cold and quiet times right alongside me. It means the world whether someone comes in to buy a single flower or a larger purchase for a birthday gift, or even just to drop off some boxes that they would have otherwise thrown away, but figured I may be able to use. Every time someone new walks into the store and expresses excitement about my shop and the Whitcomb’s project it is a reminder of who I am showing up for each day.
Last February, when the world looked very different, The Essex Inn hosted a Valentine’s Day pop-up for my jewelry line. There were cocktails and live music and shopping! I was blown away by the attendance and positivity surrounding the event. It became clear that people in the community really appreciated an unexpected winter activity.
In the spirit of organizing something fun for the community, shining a spotlight on a few local businesses, and providing an excuse to come see what’s new at Whitcomb’s and Kit+Syl Studio, I have organized a Valentine’s Week Pop-Up series. Things will look different this year, but I know the talent that these ladies have to share with you will make up for the lack of live music and cocktails. All pop-ups will run from noon to 3 PM. Social distancing and masks are mandatory for attendance.
Wednesday, 2/10 will feature Angie Cook, LMT. Angie is a personal coach and essential oil educator. She will be offering complimentary 15 minute aromatouch hand massages! Please email email@example.com to reserve your time while there are still appointments available.
Saturday, 2/13 I am hosting Nichole Gerding, owner of Thankful Sage Farm School. Nichole is new to the area and will be showcasing her Heritage collection of beeswax candles and handmade soaps. Come meet your new neighbor and learn about her beautiful line of goods, knowledge, and talents.
For Valentine’s Day Sunday, 2/14 Reagan Monarch, founder of True Path Oracle will be in the studio. Reagan will be offering mini-sessions for aura cleansing and card readings for $14 per session. Your session will include a complimentary take-home gift. Book your session today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Spots are going quickly!
In addition to these exciting pop-ups, Kit+Syl Studio will be open usual hours Wednesday-Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. The shop will be stocked with fresh, locally grown flowers for purchase by stem, bouquet or arrangement, new work from my handmade jewelry line, truffle and cookie boxes made by Essex Eats, and of course gifts by our talented local artisans. I’d like to take the days leading up to this week of love by introducing you to each of the local entrepreneurs who will be featured at Kit+Syl Studio on the day of their pop up. First up is Angie Cook, LMT. Please see my interview with Angie on the Kit+Syl Studio Blog.
Thank you for reading! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any jewelry, floral, Essex-related, or personal questions, or just to introduce yourself! I love to meet members of my community, and I welcome feedback about how I can reciprocate value to this place that has made my own life so rich.
Also, each week I publish a new blog post where I share my writings about building the next evolution of Kit+Syl Studio. These posts center on interesting information about the floral, jewelry, and small business world. Additionally, I will conduct regular interviews featuring the talented local makers that I am stocking in my shop. You can check out my complete posts here.