Welcome to November, the unofficial beginning of the end of the year and the official month of giving thanks. It seems appropriate that we look back at our year, nearly two years actually, and take stock of all for which we are thankful.
We each begin every day with meditation and thoughts of gratitude. And this week, as the mandatory mask mandate was lifted, we are feeling overwhelmingly grateful for our Marin community. We worked together to stay healthy and safe, and our efforts have paid off. Our vaccination rates are some of the highest in the country and our infection rates the lowest. There is a cautious “light at the end of the tunnel” feeling, which is both exhilarating and a huge relief.
In March of last year, with orders to close our doors to protect our community, we were sent, while short-lived, into a tailspin. How would our business survive? In those first few weeks, we must admit, there were tears, lots of them. Well, through the incredible loyalty of our customers and the strong relationships we’d built, we not only survived, we thrived. We chatted with you on Facetime, sent pictures through text, loaded our cars to make local deliveries and shipped nationwide. We made shopping available on our website and through our social media posts. We rallied and you responded. The volume of encouraging emails and texts was overwhelming. The friendly taps on the front window as our masked friends walked by our closed store brought more tears to our eyes and smiles to our faces. It’s often said that Marin is a special place. But what we’ve realized is, it’s not the spectacular views or proximity to mountains or beaches or the city that makes it special. It’s the people, their kindness and sense of community.
We’re excited for the upcoming holidays and seeing our beautiful community in person. We have some fun events planned, we’ll keep you posted. Promise.
Evan and Ronnie
“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”