The worst part about closing the Drizzle & Shine physical location will be laying off my wonderful staff. I didn't make this decision lightly. And frankly, it wasn't really a choice. We just can't stay open and pay the expenses of a brick and mortar store with the drop in sales we've seen since the beginning of the pandemic.
Going exclusively online doesn’t take the time and work that running a physical location requires. People are the best part of a store. But without customers to interact with, displays to set up, shelves of inventory to replenish, events and fundraisers to plan and run, there isn't enough work for any of us.
I've had several terrific employees throughout the years, but Brit and Amity are exceptional. They have been with the store since the beginning--almost unheard of in retail, where turnover is high.
Customers love them, they go above and beyond in their customer service and merchandising, and I can count on them to deliver, no matter what the job. Best of all, they are both long-time vegans and strong advocates for animals and humans. I'm happy they're more than employees. They are my friends.
A blog post will never be enough. Come on by in the next couple of months and show them some love before we close the doors. Drizzle & Shine wouldn't be what it is without them.
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