Hello lovely blog friends and LJS customers,
Today we have some rather big news to share with you all... Little Jane St have decided to close the doors to our retail space in Winn Lane, Brisbane. It is a little bit sad to be leaving but mostly a happy time as we take the next step to grow our little business.
We have all heard about the effects of the 'recession' within the retail world, and let me tell you for someone with limited experience in retail other than the fact I once worked as a check out chick in coles, it has been tough! As a result I have found myself quite honestly completely out of my depth!! In turn I was faced with a difficult decision of priorities. I soon took on working in the shop 6 days a week at the cost of my creative self, family, friends, sanity and ultimately the side of the business I was most passionate and personally fulfilled within soon suffered. So you see, in the end for me my shop was not something I was passionate enough to keep going at the cost of my creative journey, nor at the cost to my collection or wholesale business. It was soon clear that I had mixed up my priorities.
In saying all of that, although I did eventually realise I was on a separate path to my heart, this was in fact a VERY hard decision for me to make because I just adore my little shop, and more importantly the community that exists within Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley. We started as the first little shop in this laneway beside the popular Flamingo Cafe and have eagerly watched this space morph into something really special! With all the building complete you will now find 5 amazing retail shops including vintage fashion and handmade jewellery, a hairdresser, cafe and art gallery. Local Brisbane people out there who complain that our city is boring compared to other states... you're simply not looking hard enough! Now is a crucial time for these small businesses and they need our support! Where possible please support local business and local artists because it is this diversity that makes us who we are, we shouldn't be trying to emulate what people in Melbourne have but rather supporting the little guys out there who dare to take the risk and in turn ensuring the growth of a great, culturally diverse city. It has been a privilege to work within and contribute to one of the many upcoming creative precincts within Brisbane.
You may or may not have noticed it has been very quiet on the Little Jane St front of late and now you know why! However as of this Friday (which is our last day in the shop) things will hopefully change, and let me tell you there are some BIG changes on the horizon for me which I will tell you all about a little later! First up I will start creating again, lots of dreaming and designing. I will make big messes, have less stress, more time for friends and family, have my weekends back and enjoy what comes next! No pressure.
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of Little Jane St, popped in for a visit, supported our shop, purchased cute things - we have made so many new friends and I can't wait to see where this adventure leads us! Remember we are only closing our shop space so you can still find our range of Little Jane St goodies online and from our fantastic stockists throughout Australia.