Slippin' and slidin'
Happy New Year! We wish you all a very healthy and happy year.
Things are never dull at The Smithy! The weather gods brought freezing rain and icy roads this morning. Traffic was moving slowly, but, in some cases, not slowly enough. Hopefully, everyone has been able to get through the worst of it with nothing more that wounded pride, and maybe a dented fender!
Carol and Susan have been very busy readying the upstairs space for its new purpose as art gallery and discussion space. We have cleared the area, and the lighting has been redone, to accentuate the walls, and what will eventually be displayed upon them. Paul Schieffer, of Elegant Lighting, has done a great job, and the space looks totally transformed, and very beautiful. Stop by to take a look!
Our first event will take place this week, January 22, when Sarah Hamilton, a certified Life Coach, will talk to us about the need to focus on staying in the moment. I know that I plan to be there at 6:30, as it seems that I am always thinking about what I didn't do yesterday, determined to improve with what I have to do tomorrow, and, in the process, completely missing today! Please contact us at The Smithy, either by email, at SmithyHoward@gmail.com, or by phone, at 860-868-9003, to let us know if you are planning to attend. There is no charge for the event, and we hope to see you there!
In addition to talks, lectures, and showings, we are also continuing to schedule tastings of our wonderful product mix. Last weekend, we had Nick Benson, of Zero Prophet coffee, brewing individual cups of his delicious brews for the delight of our growing group of Zero Prophet fans. Next week, Pattie Camillone, of Wholey Oats, will be here to sample her wonderful line of granolas and bars, including her new introduction of gluten-free cereal and bar. Please join us, on January 24, at 1 PM.
We are established in our Winter schedule now, during which the store will be open from 11:00 AM- 5:30 PM, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; and 10:00AM- 5:30 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. We are closed on Monday and Tuesday. We are still working through the logistics of New England winter weather, and how best to notify you if the store will be closed for the day. Right now, Susan is planning to add a notice to our Facebook page if the store will not be open. If there is no answer by phone at the store, please wait until you speak with someone live. This will ensure that you don't venture out on a stormy day, and not find a smiling face greeting you at the door of The Smithy. Thank you all for your patience as we continue to improve and refine our process. We appreciate it very much.
We continue to transition the inventory at the store to reflect your cold weather favorites. We can't seem to get enough of Farm Country Soup's wonderful and creative soups, and Linda Mazza's Chicken Pot Pies are also in strong demand. Sugar Water Farm is providing us with fresh hydroponic produce that is harvested daily from their Warren greenhouse, in case you want a tasty salad to accompany your meal.
We recognize that none of this would be possible without the support and encouragement of our community, however, and Carol, Susan, and I thank you for shopping with us. Please do not hesitate to let us know how we can continue to improve your experience.
Have a wonderful day, be safe, and we hope to see you soon!