I sat down to chat with someone the other day, and she asked me how this whole Wild Ruffle thing got started.
As I started to tell her the story of my history in retail, and then a trip out east and the shop that inspired my dream so long ago, and then the humble beginnings of this blog itself, it occurred to me that I don’t take the time often enough to reflect on what a blessing this endeavor has been to me.
Like I told my friend, it’s not every person that can say that they had a dream, and that they saw that dream turn into a reality. We’ve had so many friends and family members encourage us along the way, and they’ve rooted for us as this business has grown.
Yes, there have been naysayers along the way, and there have been times of doubt and discouragement. Like any good roller coaster ride, there are downs along with the upswings. But when we ask ourselves if we’d ride all over again, the exhilaration of those amazing heights are worth it every time.
And now our dream continues to grow and evolve, as we’ve set dates for THREE outdoor summer events (this is in addition to our spring events, set for Thursday April 23rd, and Thursday May 21st inside the Wild Ruffle Shop – 16220 Main Ave – and The Vintage Gypsy). Mark your calendars for Sunday June 14th, Sunday July 26th, and Sunday August 23rd. We’ll be hosting an afternoon into the evening party each of these days, in the streets of downtown Prior Lake. Come thirsty, as we’ll have free wine for you! And come hungry too – the food trucks will be waiting with delicious things to eat.
And, as always, we’ll have top notch small businesses, with some of the finest handmade items around, ready to provide you with unique pieces that our events have become known for.
If you have ever considered chasing a dream, let this serve as encouragement to you. You can do it! Find people in your life that are ready to support you, to be your cheerleaders. Diving in can be incredibly scary, but also amazingly rewarding too.
Hope to see you this summer!
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