It’s been awhile, but did you notice anything different around here? We have a brand new web design! We are so excited to see the fresh, new look. But then we timed it all at the end of the school year (what were we thinking asks every parent of a school-ager who knows there’s endless events in May), oh and we may have opened a 4th store in Stillwater! Amanda tells us sleeping is overrated. Needless to say, the blog has fallen by the wayside over the last month and I hope that’s the end of that.
On the topic of long overdue updates, allow me to formally introduce myself…I’ve been writing here for some time but it occurred to me that I hadn’t actually said who I am. That ends now. Hello. I’m Krista. Your resident behind-the-scenes Mama at Mama’s Happy. You’ll often find me behind my laptop pulling together photos, removing extra spaces and trying to get people to answer questions that I don’t know answers to on social media. I have 2 darling kiddos that keep me grounded at.all.times. And like most of you, I’ve been a huge fan of Mama’s Happy for years. Let me tell you, if you haven’t met Amanda (our Mama-in-charge), she exudes all the warmth you would expect from Mama’s Happy. And no, I’m not fishing for a bonus! Although I am running low on clear wax…and chocolate. (wink, wink!) I really don’t think she sleeps, but you’d never know it. She’s super bubbly and always greets you with a smile. I kinda want to bottle that up some days.
Did you know that each month, just before the Occasional Sale in Independence, Amanda writes a newsletter and emails it out to our mailing list? If you haven’t signed up, go check out our home page, scroll about 1/2 way down and it’s on the right side. Just click here. Go ahead, I’ll wait…
…there. Now you’re all set for next month.
Why am I going over this with you in such detail? Well, I really want you all to be in-the-know with what’s going on over here. But also, the newsletter Amanda sent out last week was a little different than most. If you missed it, she recapped a little of Mama’s Happy history. I thought it was pretty amazing to see where Amanda has brought her dream of a store to bring women together in such a short time. Sometimes we (meaning I) forget that this company hasn’t been around for ages. I remember being so excited to see all of the things I’ve wanted to create in one place, that had to be about a gazillion years ago! Do you remember your life, Pre-Mama’s? It’s a scary thought, isn’t it? Here’s an excerpt:
June is always a milestone here at Mama’s Happy. It’s hard to believe that just 5 years ago we were opening our doors to our storefront in Mound for the very first time. A lot has happened since then! The building in Mound was torn down, we found the Lyndale Creamery and relocated (amidst a whole host of skeptics) our shop to Independence. We discovered Chalk Paint®, which changed the process of our work as well as the direction of our business. We opened our first “every day” shop in Linden Hills, then relocated it 9 months later to a larger spot in St. Louis Park. We opened our 3rd store in St. Paul, then 14 months later relocated it to a larger spot down the street. And then last month we opened our fourth store in Stillwater. My husband calculated that we have now officially “opened” SEVEN locations. Whew! No wonder I’m tired.Many people ask how we’ve done it. I can tell you, it is only by the unfathomable grace of God and the incredibly hard work and dedication of a whole lotta people. One just doesn’t get to this place alone, nor unscathed. I’ve grown immensely since opening this business. I now understand my father’s friend’s message when he said “you’ll learn more by starting a business than you ever did in college.” I would have to agree. I’ve also learned a whole lot about myself – more than any amount of hours in a counselor’s office could have taught me. And I’ve learned a lot about other people.
I’ve had to deal with my deep-seated desire, or rather, my need to be liked by everyone. I’ve had to make decisions that others didn’t agree with. I’ve had to confront people. I’ve had to let people go. I’ve had to do things that made me so uncomfortable I’d almost have rather thrown in the towel. But I’m so, so glad that I didn’t. I’ve had to learn to stand by my convictions and not be swayed by the opinions of others when I felt that I was doing the right thing. I’ve tasted what it feels like to have people say or believe things about you that are untrue.
But here’s the thing – I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It has pruned me (which is never a fun process) in ways that I desperately needed pruning. It has given me a strength and a confidence that I did not have before I embarked on this journey. It has taught me about perseverance. It has allowed me to taste the joy that comes when you simply do not give up. So if you’re discouraged, if you feel like quitting, if you’re tired and want to give up, just think of this little store. Think of this little business. And then keep putting one foot in front of the other. You don’t know how close you may be to turning that corner and seeing that it was all worth it. Every difficult experience. Completely worth it.
Your very grateful shopkeep,
Aren’t you just a little more tired after reading that? And I’m so greatful that she stuck with it in those tougher times. Not only because I get the fabulous privilege of being part of the Mamas, but because not having a Mama’s Happy to walk into with my friends just seems wrong. Don’t you agree?
I’ll close tonight with a few things you’ll want to mark on your calendars:
– June 18-21: St. Louis Parktacular
– June 26-28: Stillwater Grand Opening Weekend
– July 8-12: Independence Occasional Sale
– July 9: Ladies Night Out in St. Louis Park
I’ll be sharing more about these events in the days ahead, so watch for them soon. I hope to get to know you all a little bit more from behind the computer screen, so if you have things you’d like to see on the blog, let me know and I’ll try to make it happen.
Thanks to all of you for coming into our stores. You’re taking time out of your day and helping many women support their families. We love to see you ooh and ahh over new items that were just brought in…more than likely, we were just doing the same oohing and ahhing over it. Creativity runs wild when you’re around others who share your passion and we hope that you feel it too when you walk in the door of one of our stores. When you think this was all just an idea a mere 5 years ago…I can’t wait to see where it takes us in another 5 years. (But a tiny bit of sleep would be ok, right Amanda?)