The check-out at HERE. a pop-up shop is kinda like the kitchen at a house party … it's where everyone ends up & the real talk happens. If you have been HERE. or know us, we love to talk & we love to get to what has been called "third level". It happens because we are truly interested and because we like to keep it real. It's no surprise that while checking people out, we get caught up on our customer's lives. We share photos, sad news, worries about the kids, elderly parents, marriages, and also fun plans for vacation, or the weekend. You name it, we've probably talked about it. We love watching our customers fall in love, get married, buy homes, have babies. We've even been included in some of these life celebrations, not to mention been the source for the gifts for sooooon many of them! We are "pop-up shop aunties" to so many local littles - who, over the years, are growing up so fast! We absolutely love what we do, and who we do it with and for. So, please continue to pop-in, not only to shop and support all the local artists, but to fill our hearts and our lives by connecting with us, right HERE.
Click on the photo for the link + then check out what all the icons mean! #interactivepost
To us, Wendi Winters was synonymous with The Capital. She wrote the first article about HERE. a pop-up shop that properly explained who we were & really captured our essence. She included us in the Capital Style Magazine “Women of the Year 2013” article during our first holiday pop-up. We were young, still green in our business and weary because some reporters kept getting it wrong, but she put us as ease, talking about her fashion experience and really getting to know us. She even let us look at the photos (that she took herself!) to make sure we approved. We learned so much and met so many other reporters and important local press at her famous PR Bazaar. We can’t remember how or why, but she invited us to another, smaller, event at The Gazette building to learn about promoting ourselves professionally and properly to & with the media. She was generous in her teachings, had endless energy and loved what she did. We crossed paths lots over the years. She was always kind to us and diligent in her reporting. She last popped-in to our holiday 2017 shop and quoted us in her article about Midnight Madness. We are deeply saddened by this huge loss to our community, her colleagues, friends and especially her family. She touched many lives and her voice and energy will be missed. While we did not know the others lost in the tragic shooting, we are equally distraught over the senseless end to their lives and send our love to their peers, families and friends. 💔 xo
Been thinking heavily over the loss of two incredible souls last week and pondering, how do you deal with the stresses in your life? How do you get past those struggles, find ways to move on, to overcome them and see all the beauty life has to offer?
How do you see that life is always worth living even in the sad, dark,
scary & seemingly hopeless moments?
Right now, personally, I am dealing with something I never anticipated. It’s painful, it's unexpected and it's tricky. It would be easy for me (being the "Hey! How many ways & for how long can I analyze and over-think this?!" kinda person) to lose myself in thought
and dwell & worry...and worry some more. But luckily I have people. I have my man, I have El & an amazing tribe of friends. I have my family. I have my passions + interests. And I have the belief that I am doing the best I can.
All of this keeps me from falling apart.
Now, I'm not saying ignore what’s troubling you or pretend it's not there.
Because that's not the answer. Dedicate time to it, talk to your people about it,
but don't let it run the show or or overshadow all the good that surrounds you.
But, if you are feeling this is NOT enough, seek professional help.
We, as a community, need to take the stigma out of doing this
and support each other to do so.
Asking for help is never something to be ashamed of!
It takes courage to be vulnerable, to show the world your struggle.
A cloud is just a cloud. It's a big sky up there & its filled with sunshine, with stars that sparkle and the most beautiful blues. Sure, there is a storm sometimes. And thunder. But there is also lighting (shall we say flashes of brilliance?!).
A lesson we all have to learn is that a lot of things...many, many things,
are simply out of our control. It’s best to focus & pursue what is.
So, be the best you. Be the kindest you. Be brave. Be the you that acknowledges that you make mistakes & accept that fact, but also learn and grow from them. And teach your little people the same. Love them fiercely, but also let them make their own mistakes. Mistakes do not = loss of love. They are only mistakes.
And sometimes making a mistake leads you to beauty, to peace and to an understanding of others you never thought possible.
My wish is that Kate & Tony wouldn’t have felt so lost, so hopeless, so alone.
Life is a gift. But it’s also sad, difficult and downright total BS sometimes.
Most of us are lucky enough to see that the tough stuff is just a cloud. And soon the sun will reappear. But not everyone can. Some cannot find a way out of the darkness.
My wish is through kindness, guidance, love, laughter, gratitude and acceptance, the clouds & darkness can disappear in all hearts.
If these tools don't work or if they just aren't enough, because understandably sometimes they don't, we are lucky to know there is help out there.
Suicide prevention lifeline 1-800-273-8255 is available 24/7. Call the hotline.
Call your doctor. Call a friend. Life will NEVER be better without you.
With love & hope,
Amy (& El)
Yup, did it again this morning. Hit snooze. Like 6 times. There went my zen morning plan of my Daily OM message and yoga video. I was SO good last week. Like every. day. good. Some days were an hour long yoga sess. The others were short, 20 minutes and then kids were up, breakfasts and lunches needed to be made... you get the gist. But I felt amazing every time. And it stayed with me all day.
So what happened? Life. Long Weekend. BBQs, pool, sleepovers. Too muggy to be motivated to take that walk I wanted to. Insert all of the excuses HERE.
So how can we avoid this (yes, WE are all in this together ... )
Set your intention, before you set the alarm, the night before. Write it down. Even better, do so in a pretty journal, that you also write affirmations in (will circle back to that in a minute). Then set your alarm. Envision yourself AFTER the work out / meditation / quiet cup of coffee - however you are seeking to start your day. Feel the happiness you know you will feel after you have completed it. Now envision the alarm going off. Picture yourself hitting STOP and actually GETTING UP. Then put your phone away for the night. Yes, I said the night! It seems impossible, but it's not. I promise. What will you do instead? Talk to your partner, read a book, take a bath (scrub your face ;), tuck yourself in. Whatever it is, avoid the screen until you hear that beep, or better yet, music that wakes you up in the morning.
And avoid checking emails until after you complete your morning task. It's hard, we know. But just do it. Seriously. OK, at least try.
Reward yourself after. I love a cup of hot coffee, in one of my favorite handmade, artisan mugs. And throwing on a cozy top. Take a few minutes to add something to your journal. Ours is filled with positive and funny quotes we find, a sweet note from a friend, a photo strip, an outfit we clipped from Vogue that we can't afford (or fit into). And yes, the daily to-do lists. But that's why I am writing this blog post, right? See, I did come full circle. Yay, me. And yay, you. For choosing to set your intention, tonight! And then for following through in the morning.
Thanks for reading and now making me feel accountable, too!
Cheers to being HERE. & NOW,
xo, El (& Amy)
HERE.'s a peek into our shared journal. We take it to all the meetings.
We use it when working together + trade it off when we aren't.
It's the keeper of all things!
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are"
~ Theodore Roosevelt
Back in late 2012, we came across this quote and it immediately struck a cord with us. We were about to embark on the unknown.
Opening not only our own business, but a "pop-up shop". Something we had only heard about very minimally and only in large cities, certainly not in our little neck of the woods HERE. in Annapolis.
But it was absolutely perfect.
Do what you can ~ get out there, find the local artists,
find the handmade products, spread the importance
of shopping local.
With what you have ~ & market the crap out of the idea!
Take our ideas & reach out to press, put up posters,
utilize social media, follow all leads,
"pound the pavement".
Where you are ~ THIS is the best part.
We are (almost) always someplace different!
Do it & do it well...no matter where you are.
In our 24 brick and mortar pop-ups, we have been in 16 different locations. We have also popped up in residences, grand openings of other businesses, breweries, restaurants, special charity events, artisan craft events and inside other local businesses. We have driven to countless places, countless times in a variation of different cars, trucks & u-hauls carrying our unique, locally made, artisan products.
Each location displaying pros (great location, open floor plan, beautiful lighting, charming details, built in parking, supportive neighboring businesses) and cons (heat & air conditioning not working, a reoccurring over-flowing toilet ~ you can't make this stuff up, lack of foot traffic, no storage, not able to put holes in walls...)....a slew of unexpected variables thrown at us each time.
Over & over, we have had to do what we can,
with what we have, where we are.
January 9th, 2018 represented our 5th birthday
and the start of our 6th year in business
and we have continued to strive everyday
to bring our customers locally made, unique gifts.
In fact, starting in 2016, we opened our website to
e-commerce allowing us to be open between pop-ups.
So you know what that means?!
We are open every. single. day.
We are constantly striving to do more with what we have. Finding new local talent, collaborating with local artists
& growing our own boho inspired line ~
HERE. & NOW xo, Amy & El
And let us tell ya, it's not always easy. Kids, other jobs, other commitments, social lives, love lives...
LIFE will always try to get in the way.
But no matter what you have or where you are,
always try to make the best use of your circumstances
to pursue your goal
& follow your dreams.
Try to utilize every resource available to you.
Collaborate as much as possible.
Live in the moment. Be HERE. & NOW.
And no matter where you are in life,
never forget what Teddy said.
It's us, Amy & El, HERE.
Just want to say if you scroll through below, to see old "blog" posts, most of them are more like musings. And actually most of them are previous social media posts.
We didn't really know what to do with this BLOG page on our website so we just kinda winged it. Don't get us wrong, there are some great quotes, photos and links - so scroll away, but just want it to be clear that the old stuff is not really a blog.
But now we know - see above for our first legit post.
We are shooting to share at least 2 per month, maybe 4 if we (YOU?) are lucky! We plan to bring you fun stories, important info & insight and just all around quick, but good reading.
(IT'S A MARYLAND THING)
Rumor has it, this rain ☔️ is gonna go far, far away and ☀️ will follow!
So HERE.'s hoping you get out there and enjoy it!
Maybe get some 🦀 s and bathe them in the one and only Old Bay!
Or.....you could always rim some for your Bloody Mary....
which we just might be doing right NOW. at the swim meet. #shhhhhh.
Thanks to Grace Alexander Studios for these beautiful drawings of such an
iconic summertime treat! 🙌😍👏
In ️with these vintage posters mounted on old windows and doors,
debuting HERE. in our #julypopup!
We will have the oh-so-popular map doors; too!
These are just a peek of what's to come!
Pop-up #21 "Endless Summer" ️is opening on July 21st! #cantwait xo, Amy & El 🥂
Hi! That's me, El, on the right!
Photo credit: Renee Lynn Photography
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