(My heart is pounding, my stomach is churning and tears are dripping down my face as I type this. Goodbyes are hard, no matter what the circumstances are.)
This was supposed to be shared on Monday, but I’ve started writing this a hundred times and struggled with finding the right words to say that convey my appreciation and excitement for what I’m about to write. It’s not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, but it is to me. Are you ready?
If you know me, you know I’m a rambler. Sorry. So if you want the Cliff’s Notes version, here you go: Hemstitch has new owners!
Here’s the long version. (You should read this one instead.)
A little over five years, I decided to take a chance and start something no one had ever done here in our area. The vintage rental business concept was a new one and companies like this one were starting to pop up across the country. I worked from sun up into the wee hours of the night day after day, blindly building a business from the ground up in an area where I was an outsider. I knew the wedding industry well from my past jobs in Austin, but I was a bit like the new girl at a new school. But God put the right people and the right opportunities in front of me; I took advantage of them and within a few months this little dream of mine took off faster than I could actually manage at the time. But I stuck with it. I wasn’t quitting, no matter what.
Over the last five years, I’ve made some incredible friends within our little industry here on the Emerald Coast. I’ve fallen on my face more times than I care to count, but the proud mama-bear moments far outweigh those. I think most of us in the wedding industry can relate to and appreciate the high you get walking away from a 14+ hour day in the hot Florida sun and seeing everything you’ve worked on for the past 3-6 months come together. It’s addicting. You have a wedding hangover the next day and the thought of looking at another piece of vintage china makes you want to throw up. But a week later, you find yourself giddy and anxious with excitement all over again as you load up the truck for another day of creating and bringing someone’s vision to reality for one of the most important days of their life.
Most of you know that in addition to this being my baby, I have a sassy little almost 3-year-old and twin one-year-olds that make me feel like my job title should be “cat herder” instead of mama. My husband’s job with the Air Force means that he is gone just about as much as he is home. It also means that there is always a chance that we could move without much warning. I knew this when I started this business, but I wasn’t a mom then. Running a business like this by yourself is hard. Being a mom and running a business like this is hard too if you don’t have dependable help. The combination of these two things has been weighing on my heart since the day the nurse said: “there are two”. So after many sleepless nights and praying about this day in and day out, I made the decision to hang my hat up, and look for someone to buy Hemstitch to carry on what I started. Earlier this spring, I crossed paths with a couple who was intrigued by the whole concept of what we are all about.
So as bittersweet as it is for me to say goodbye, it is with a bursting heart that I introduce the new owners of Hemstitch, Sam and Heather Nelson.
I truly could not have found a better couple to pass the baton off to. Heather is a creative genius with a love for all things old, chippy and sentimental like me. She’s also one of the sweetest, most hospitable people I’ve ever met. Sam is the behind-the-scenes guy that handles all the business stuff. Their husband-wife partnership brings the dynamic to the table that I needed most to be able to grow and expand like I knew was possible. I cannot wait to see what they do as the new owners. I’ll continue to work with them over the next few months to help them fully transition, and if I’m lucky, they’ll let me come back to help them with styling and design when I have the itch to be creative. We’re planning a big “Re-Grand Opening” party when the weather cools off so all of our local friends can meet them and see our new-ish warehouse downtown!
You can learn more about Heather and Sam over on our newly updated website, www.hemstitchvintage.com. Special thanks to the hackers that gave us a clean slate to start from. 😉
If you’d like to reach them directly, you can email Heather at email@example.com. For all correspondence directly related to an event or rental request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I know that all of our vendor friends will welcome them with open arms into our wedding community. And I want to sincerely thank those of you who I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the last five years, please know how much I appreciate your support, your referrals, and your friendship. For all of my creative entrepreneur friends spread across the country that I’ve gotten to know online through social media, thank you for being my cheerleader, my sounding board and for unknowingly giving me the push and motivation I needed to make this happen. It’s been a really fun ride, and something that I’ll miss dearly, but I think the relationships I’ve built with like-minded, driven women is what I will always cherish most. <3
And me? I’m looking forward to making our family my main focus for once. (#guiltymomprenuerconfession) Twins are no joke, y’all. Three under three is no joke. If you care to, you can follow along with the madness over at my new “online home”, www.seersuckerandsweettea.com. It’s a brand new project (so keep your design expectations low if you do check it out), but one I’m looking forward to… business, babies and life here in the South. Again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for five amazing years. <3 Cheers!
(I’m still sitting here crying. But I’ll be ok.)