So, the planning begins. We put a lot of thought into it, since Gino has a business degree and most of his experience was in retail, and I had now 6 years of sales not including my waitressing days. We thought our small town could use a cute little gift shop. We would sell things that were different. Because we are in such a small town, the only real places to shop were Walmart, the Dollar general, and one small Hallmark store. The closest malls were 30 minutes away. We found a perfect place right along the highway intersecting a few small towns around us, and also across the highway from Walmart. We were so excited to open the store and also to get rid of all of the boxes of inventory stored in our basement and had now overflowed to our living room. I announced to my friends and family on Facebook of our plans, everyone was super supportive and hopeful that we would be successful, considering the economic strongholds beset on this old coal mining town and also the state of the U.S. economy following the 2008 housing bubble. But, Gino and I are both motivated and were confident in what are plans were. We moved forward and named our store GiGi’s Gifts and Home Décor named after our girls the two G’s! We opened to rave reviews from the locals. It was a wonderful new start after all the medical issues, surgeries, and upsets. I was still praying but not as much as I was before when I was desperate for hope. It was behind us. This was a new chapter to our lives, the baby years were over and now we were focusing on our new business and the girls.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:19 ESV