Yes, it's official, D. and I are taking a much needed vacation to Paris. I mustered up enough miles for two direct flights (thank you American Airlines) and a special friend is letting us stay at her apartment in the 17th arrondissement (thank you K.F. and J.S.) We leave on June 3rd and I can't wait.
I say this is a much needed vacation because due to the down-turn in the economy, we've been doing a lot of "soul searching" concerning what direction Alhambra Antiques needs to go. We have come to acknowledge that the store has become rather dated, due to the fact that a lot of the sitting inventory has been, well, sitting for more than a few years. We have never devised a "clearance" or liquidation policy as our thought has always been: "what's a few more years for furniture that is more than 100 years old?" Except that even with antiques, the truth is that there are trends and antiques that at times are worth more than others. It is time to reinvent ourselves. The question of course is where do we go from here? How do we create a new antiques store? Without losing the positive effects (or asset) of a 20 year reputation and maintaining our faithful clientele? This is getting to be as complicated as the bailout...surely, over some excellent, wine, cheese, and fois gras, we will be able to think clearly.