It's been a crazy and surprising few weeks, and I'm still reeling from all the changes that have been taking place! Mariko, the face of Portland superbuzzy, decided she wanted to go her own way. I'll really miss working with Mariko, but I have a feeling she's up to something really fantastic! So, I spent this past weekend up in Portland, packing up all of superbuzzy and moving it down to my home town, Ventura, CA. It's very bittersweet: on the one hand, I'm really excited to have the shop headquarters close to home, but on the other hand, I'm bummed about moving it out of Oregon. I know that superbuzzy has lots of friends in Oregon and nearby, and the support of those friends really helped get us going.
Huge thanks to Oregon and all of our friends there. I'm pretty bummed that my perfect excuse to spend time in Portland has just gone away... Special thanks to Sam, who has got to be the coolest property management guy I have ever met!
The positive side to all of this is that southern California folks can now stop in to say hi and hang out at the new superbuzzy headquarters. We moved into our new location this morning, and we'll start making it a bit more homey and fun in the next week or two. If you are in southern California and would like to stop by, our new location is: 1932 Eastman Avenue, Unit 106, Ventura, CA. (Send a quick email if you'd like to say hi so that we can be sure someone is there.) I'm also really excited to be working with 2 fantastic, crafty women: Nicole and Cathy! We've got lots of great stuff in the works, and we'll keep everyone updated through the superbuzzy newsletter. Once we get all of our pending orders out the door, we'll also be adding a bunch of new product that just arrived... *really* good stuff!
The road trip from Portland was full of ups and downs (Siskiyous and Grapevine anyone?), but our favorite spot was this great motel/diner in Weed, CA, the Hi-Lo. I love stopping at spots like these - so much more fun than the big chains taking over the world! (I guess they ran out of room for the second "c" in construction!)
Lastly, I have to extend a huge thank you to my mom. She enthusiastically volunteered to help me make the move happen, and she even switched to my early-riser schedule to get up each morning, pack heavy boxes, and drive almost 1,000 miles. I couldn't have made it work without her... I feel pretty lucky to have such an amazing mom!