After four years in business, we have decided to close our downtown shop La Bella Vita. When we first opened, I was seven months pregnant with Lina, and we were well aware that having a business that was dependent on me (it is not my husband who loves to work with flowers after all) could get complicated.
We made a few resolutions at the beginning to guide our decision making. The main thing was that we wanted our shop to overflow from our home, and not take away from it. We wanted to make sure that I was not down arranging beautiful housewares while our own home or children were neglected.
Well, the good news is, that hasn’t happened! On the other hand (as our kind, cheerful, and downright heroic employees could attest), we are no longer able to keep juggling our very joyful responsibilities. In God’s good humor, he sent twins to our family this November. While we are seriously enjoying our newly doubled brood, we simply are not able to keep up with everything else we had going.
To break it down for you, we may have to bring in outside help to get my teeth brushed every day! The shop presents itself quite clearly as the place to pare down, and pare down we are going to do!
I want to be clear that this is not a sad decision for us, although I am sure there are things we will miss. The simple truth is that we are closing the shop for the same exact reasons we opened it: we love home, we love food, we love our people, we love flowers, and we really do think you ought to set your tables with cloth napkins, even if you have to close your downtown shop to do it!
We plan to be closed by the end of February, and there will be updates on the progression of our sale via the church e-mail.