Thursday, June 17, 2010


When we opened the wine shop, we expected it to be successful. What we did not expect was the colorful cast of characters who delivered that success.

From the beginning, our customers welcomed us, entertained us, brought us gifts, shared their joys and sorrows, their pets, their families with us. We celebrated their good news: engagements, weddings and pregnancies. We laughed and cried at their stories and applauded their milestones. We welcomed their babies and watched as those babies grew into little people. We mourned the loss of a few sweet souls and miss them still.

It was this sense of community that made us go against all conventional wisdom in selling our store. Instead of keeping it under wraps, we shared all along our dream of sailing. As we made that dream a reality, our family of customers became our cheering squad.

Today, that squad came running into the store to give us high fives and hugs, to cheer us on our way and warn us about pirates.

And just as I would have expected, they welcomed the new owners, Laura and Phil, with the same enthusiasm.

Even though we leave our Chip's community in good hands, it is a bittersweet farewell.

The first payment in the price of leaving.

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