We've done this several times in the past, the closing in February. It sounds romantic, doesn't it? In a way, it is.
When we close, we don't stop. But, there is a sort of wrench that gets thrown into the hamster wheel. Shutting the front door to walk-in's disrupts our brains and bodies in the best kind of way. We empty the shop, we clean and do paint touch-ups. Lots of days, we don't go to the shop. Somedays we move furniture around. Somedays we sit in the middle of the clean floor and eat a longer lunch and have numerous "what if we did x,y, and z?” conversations and brainstorms, ways of doing things get reviewed/ recalibrated, new product stories are planned--all while we maintain our other online businesses. The wheel doesn't stop. It slows. And, February in New England is the perfect time to slow the wheel.
Our last in-shop day will be January 31st and we will reopen on March 1st. Pod's online shop will remain open. Local pickup will be paused during our break.
In the meantime, we sincerely hope you make the time to slow your own hamster wheel. Trust us. It's worth it.
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*background image is a close up of an Arthur Dove painting that hangs at the Harvard Museums.