My landlord came in a few minutes ago and told me another heartbreaking story of a small business that went under due to the Pandemic.  This past year and half has taken so much from so many: family, friends, employment, shelter, stability.  2020 tried to take blue door, but I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.

I am a fighter, by nature.  I’m sure you’ve heard me say that I’m a “bull in a china shop.”  That’s how I approach life.  I see something, I want it, I keep moving forward until I get it.  Small business ownership takes this type of attitude.  It is not for the faint of heart.  But there is so much more.

blue door made it through 2020 because I wasn’t done saying what I needed to say; I wasn’t done sharing what I needed to share.  There were times where I took stock of the situation and thought, “Is this what I want to do?  Is this worth going into debt for?  Wouldn’t it be easier to work 8-10 hours a day and get paid a REAL salary, instead of the  65+ hour weeks I work and make less than minimum wage?”  And the answer was always, NO.  The community NEEDS blue door and what we offer.  It was a scary choice to make, but, for me, it was the right one.

blue door is the lucky one.  We made it through because of a supportive family structure (let’s face it, behind every small business owner is a family that is cheerleading them on!), an understanding landlord, and our incomparable members.  We couldn’t have done this without the support of a visionary community who is willing to fight with us.  Each and every one of you has the “bull in a china shop” attitude as well.  And for that, I am forever grateful.

Thank you.

Xx

Jesi