Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Selling a business can be a rancorous affair. Everyone has warned us.

Of course, they told us that about buying a boat -- and selling one as well.

However, nobody really warned us that we would sell a boat, buy a boat and sell a business, smooth as silk, and come out the other side, each time, with new friends.

The wine shop buyers, Laura and Phil, have been a pleasure. The first time I met with them at the store, Chip kept coming in to see what all the laughing was about. They have shown great respect for us and what we've built. From the start there has been an openness and trust that we feel sure will carry through to the finish.

Today we planned together how to make this transition as positive as possible for everyone concerned, how and when to announce the sale and how to introduce Laura and Phil to the customers.

There's probably a perfect sports phrase to insert here about a triple play or a trifecta or a hat something. I like to think of it more as a triple miracle.

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