You know how you always hear the saying, "You don't know what you have until it is gone"? Well, for some time now, that is exactly how I have felt about Winnipeg. I never thought I would hear myself say this but I really do miss having my store in Winnipeg, winters and all! Aside from the (great) restaurants, the B.D.I., the exchange district, The Forks, and the great antiques, what I miss the most is my customers, many of whom became friends over the years. I also miss the two young women who worked with me for the last few years that I was at The Forks. They were not just employees, but were also two of my dearest friends.
I was reminded of this yesterday, when I received a call from one of my longtime Winnipeg customers who, like many others, misses Tattered Rose and all of the special clothing that we carried. This customer, M., is going to the Golden Globes (Los Angeles) in January, and she needs something VERY beautiful to wear....who does she think of? Tattered Rose! Yes, even after all these years, I still get calls and emails from my old customers, whether they are getting married or have something special to go to...they want to wear our clothing. They remember what it was like to walk into the store we had at the Forks, never knowing what delicious item they would covet and purchase, a special piece of clothing or jewellery that would become part of their repertoire.
For some time now, I have been dreaming about taking Tattered Rose on the road, making a trip back to Winnipeg for a 2 day shopping extravaganza. I would bring clothing & jewellery for the Winnipeg customers who miss the store (and me, hopefully) I just never knew how special Winnipeg was until I moved away. I tell my customers here in Edmonton all the time how much I miss my customers, when they ask if I miss Winnipeg.
I'll keep you posted, my dear Winnipeg friends, if I ever decide to bring Tattered Rose back, even if only for a weekend.