About to cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening of The Peacock Cottage Fancy Plants shop.
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What a wonderful start to 2016 Frank and I have had so far! Frank is about to go back to school teaching -- it’s hard to believe the summer is over and a new year is starting with the sweet students. This year Frank will teach dual enrollment seniors at our local community college. He’s excited about his new location and change of curriculum.
After teaching 11th grade American History for a decade, I “retired” from teaching in 2015 to focus full-time on The Peacock Cottage and expanding/ strengthening what we offer. It was a hard decision to stop teaching -- I truly enjoyed the kids -- they were very kind, optimistic, and funny! But it was time to see where else this plant venture could take me, and there was just not enough time in the day to do both. I am pleasantly surprised though with the teaching opportunities I have through running the business: speaking with garden clubs, hands-on activities at retirement communities, and our Fairy Garden classes at the shop.
We have seen some change around here at The Peacock Cottage. In November of 2015 we opened our first Plant Shop. While attending pop-up Garden Shows and Farmers Markets for the past 10 years, many people had asked if we had a permanent plant shop, and now we can answer in the affirmative! The hiring of our first employee accompanied the opening of the shop, and we are so happy to have Sierra working with us at the shop -- she does a wonderful, thorough, and cheerful job!
The last couple years unfortunately saw the passing of both Frank and my fathers. We are both so lucky to have known them for so long, but we do miss them. We still have our wonderful mothers thankfully. This past December we took a cruise with Frank’s family to celebrate his father’s life and to spread his ashes. It was a wonderful family vacation with lots of great memories.
Frank and I also got to travel this summer to Portland, Oregon to visit a dear friend and her husband for a week. What a fantastic time! The lavender was in full bloom, the cherries were thick on the trees, the natural beauty out there is amazing! This was our first visit to the Pacific Northwest and we will definitely be back. And the roses! Oh, the roses!
If you still have not stopped by to see the shop, you have to come see! Frank personally picked out the lavender wall and blue floor paint colors. ‘Tis pretty bold, but it sets a nice backdrop for all the colorful items in the shop. We offer a lot of cool things made by local artists. It’s been a lot of fun setting up, figuring out advertising, hiring an employee, understanding taxes, sourcing materials, meeting new customers, seeing old customers, teaching classes, and developing systems and procedures that work. It’s so much fun to learn all these different aspects of business and wear these various hats. This shop has consumed copious amounts of energy, capital, and creativity, but it’s all been very exciting and a great learning experience so far. You could say that Frank and I are ‘Proud as Peacocks.’
Enjoying the water garden and koi pond at Portland's Japanese Garden.