I've never written a blog before and just pondering how one begins can be quite daunting. But how about if I just jump in?
My name is Linda and I own a gift shop in a revitalized section of downtown Broken Arrow known as The Rose District. It wasn't always revitalized and it wasn't always The Rose District, but how that all came about, well, that can be another blog for another time.
People I know and those I have met along the way, say from time to time, "Well you are doing what you always wanted to do" and generally I laugh and say, "Quite the contrary" because I had never really envisioned myself doing this, but as it would be, this has become part of my story. So, you might ask, just how did Bella Vita come about?
Enter, three optimistic sisters, one "I believe you can do it" mom, a high school senior daughter who had seen her mom tackle a few things in her lifetime and so what was one more thing, a college aged son who I'm sure said something to the effect of "cool" and last but not least a husband that said, "I'll give you this much money. See what you can do with it". It was October of 2009 as we sat around the table to see how the vision would all come together. And together it did and by the following year, Bella Vita threw open her doors the morning of March 10th...I was officially open for business!
We had taken possession of the space right after Thanksgiving, the November before and there were fixtures to buy, lines to consider, a point of sale program to purchase, and a market trip to Dallas where all the buying would begin.
During the preceding months, I had begun to put together a game plan, which consisted of lines I would love to carry and creative ways of displaying it. I had dreamed of putting together merchandise, lovely things, that would be accents for making a home beautiful. It was actually my daughter and me that came up with the name of Bella Vita which means "beautiful life" or "beautiful living" in Italian. And thus my tag line would become "Accents for Beautiful Living". I envisioned every room of a home as you would enter Bella Vita. Living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and finally the garden.
It has been over 5 years since my first product arrived at my front door step and much has evolved since then. Many of the first products have stood the test of time, while others have gone away but with each year, new additions have found a place on the shelves and tables of Bella Vita.
I read that, "Once upon a time..." implied that what was to follow was a unique happening, or at least a very special one. And I would agree, so it is with Bella Vita, but even though this is not the end, I believe I can say, we are living, "happily ever after."