Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s been so long since I last wrote — but we’ve been busy!
The highlight of the summer for all of us at the General Store was no doubt the Fabian and Bobby Vee Concert. If you didn’t know about it, we hosted Fabian and Bobby Vee here at the store in early August for an autograph signing as well as a concert later that night at Minnetonka High School. It was so much fun — especially for my sister Gail, who grew up completely crazy about and idolizing Fabian and Bobby Vee. (Even to this day she still gets flustered and her cheeks get red when she sees them.) How cool is it that she was able to sponsor them as a fundraiser for her alma mater, Minnetonka High School! That would be like my daughter, Lucy, being able to bring Justin Bieber to MHS in 30 years. (Something tells me Fabian and Bobby Vee have a little bit more staying power than Justin Bieber, although, who knows?)
Gail on stage with Fabian!
Now that summer is over and the Fabian and Bobby Vee concert has passed, fall and Halloween are on our minds at the General Store. It’s so much fun to make changes in our displays. I’m also ready to start decorating for Halloween at home as well. I just got a new set of “BOO” letters that I’m excited to put in my front entry — along with a few battery operated orange and black candles. I might even add a ghost for a spooky effect!
And that brings us to now, the end of September — which is when we are starting to put our Christmas items on display. We’ve already added our Christopher Radko ornaments to our “jewelry” room and Jensine has finished putting out almost all of the Northwoods items — the woodsy, cabin, lodge, and wildlife Christmas goods. It looks beautiful and almost makes you anxious for some snow to fall, but I guess we can wait a bit for that. We used to pull a few all-nighters and, “magically,” all of the Christmas items would be on display — but that took its toll on our sleeping patterns. These days we set everything up over the course of a few weeks. Our goal this year is to have all of our Christmas merchandise on display during the week of October 4th. It’s so much fun to see all of the new things … right away your mind starts thinking about what you might want to add to your holiday décor at home and how you can freshen up your existing décor.
Jensine hard at work!
Speaking of which, this year I think am going to be on (I haven’t committed yet!) the “General Store Holiday Home Tour.” Every year the staff gets together and visits several staff members’ homes to see all of their Christmas decorations. It’s fun to be one of the hosts, but I have to start the planning now! After seeing some of the homes last season, I also have to kick up my decorating a notch or two!
This week we are working on the Center Court area, and the Country area. Stop in soon and see all of our great new holiday décor items. Oh yes, and you probably want to start making your Christmas list soon as well!