We are in the last stretch of our 3 month pop up shop in Kingsway mall. It has been an amazing experience and I am thrilled that I took the leap and tried it out.
I was asked to sign into another 12 month lease with the mall. To say I stressed over this would be an understatement. I have always wanted Elle's Closet to grow, maybe multiple locations owned by myself or maybe franchised? I don't know for sure but I know I have big dreams for it. So, when this opportunity arose I felt I had to try it. I was not ready for a second location but I felt like thats how my business has been since day 1. Pushing forward and taking leaps before I was ready. Its worked so far, so I felt I had to keep going. I am glad I did, it opened so many doors for me and I met so many amazing people! I don't know that those doors would have opened if I hadn't done the pop up. I was asked to be on the Ryan Holtz show podcast which I think was incredibly cool! I was named one of the Top 40 babes with bad ass jobs in Edmonton by Narcity Edmonton, again, so cool! I have met so many amazing ladies in the edmonton blogging community. Jen Kinal from A beautiful Inspiration is such a pleasure to work with and one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. Robyn from My Closet Journey is one of the best girls out there. She is super inspiring and a great friend to have by your side. These are just a few of the amazing ladies I have had the pleasure of getting to know personally since making the decision to pop up in Kingsway Mall.
However, all this aside. Should I stay or should I go now? The million dollar question. I have changed my mind so many times. I have talked this to death with friends, family and my husband. Will people think I failed if don't keep going? Will people think this small town girl couldn't hack it in the big city? Will I regret it if I don't keep going? Will I stop my companies growth in its tracks if I decline this opportunity? Will I be disappointed in myself for not trying? Am I being lazy by saying no? These questions, amongst others are going through my head non-stop.
I have had to talk myself and my pride into looking at the bigger picture and what is most important. I can't worry about what people will think. I have to worry about what is truly the right move for me and my family. Which is why, after many tears and late night chats I have finally come to peace with my decision to not continue on with our Kingsway Mall Location. The timing to expand into a second location just isn't right. My girls are still so young and they need me. Even if physically I don't need to be there daily, mentally I am always there. Always worrying and checking in. It's not fair to my family or my mental health right now. This was a very hard choice to make. I was/am so proud of our beautiful second store. It makes me misty eyed to think that in just 4 short weeks it will no longer be there. I just have to keep reminding myself that just because the timing isn't right for me now, doesn't mean this door is closed. I have lots of time to grow my company in the future. My girls will only be this small for so long and I don't want to miss these moments. I also have to say the biggest thank you to Lindsay Botha from Kingsway Mall leasing. She was so incredible to work with and immediately made me feel like I was a part of a family when we moved into our space. I also feel she went above and beyond to just chat with me personally about weather staying on was the right choice for me right now. I feel like I made a friend and am sad to lose that work friendship. So thank you Lindsay, you are amazing!
I will never regret our pop-up in the mall. It was so much fun being in a totally different atmosphere. It was especially fun being there over the christmas season. I love the mall and the city during December. It is so festive and bright! I really do hope and believe that we will one day have a permanent location in Edmonton. I am a small town girl but YEG holds a special place in my heart. I loved being a part of the community and the city life, I love being able to say I am a yegger. I plan to have that back again someday.
So Edmonton, this is not goodbye, its simply See ya later