Oh goodness! I am still struggling to find the words to express how I feel about Saturday's grand opening for Taproot and Milk and Honey at 84 Cove Street! It was such an epic undertaking, this grand opening and getting it ready in such a short period of time. I've spent as many nights on a couch in the new space as I have at home in the past month, for all the late nights and early mornings spent renovating there, it just made more sense to stay put. So many friends and community members jumped in with helping hands and encouragement, I can't even tell you. And then, there was panic as I began to worry that no one would come! That it would be all for naught! That the last thing Portland needs is another space.
And then....Saturday morning at 10am, there was a line at the door to get in. And then I started to worry that people were actually going to come. Ha! Oh the emotional rollercoaster of it all was just so wild! Quite simply, I'm blown away at how many people came by and filled our space with joy and celebration, infusing our new endeavor with such goodness. Truly, I'm blown away and so excited now for what comes next. There are so many good things yet to come. I'll share with you our December schedule just as soon as we tighten it up. But for now, thank you to all of you locally who came by to say hi and wish us well, and thanks to all of you who were wishing us well from afar.
Oh so many years ago, Steve and I were at a crossroads in our career paths, both working in the same industry and quite suddenly needing to change directions, before our children were even born. One of the things we dreamed about was a space - somewhere between a bookstore and a cafe, a community center and a classroom. A gathering place that served as a way for a community to connect and learn, share and gather. For many years that particular dream took place in the virtual world of this blog, and then a magazine. And well, now we have a place. And I can't wait to see what goodness comes from all the gathering that is to come from this little place.