It's officially spring. Nature is sprouting, Chicago is awakening, and holy moly, I'm officially growing up...into a store owner. (Insert crazy freaked out happy scared out of my mind emoji face). My friend said there should be a word that describes 'scary exciting'. I suggested #ohshityay. 

It's been a little over a year since I began working towards this dream and at least over 5 years since I've started dreaming about it. So you can imagine all the pent up emotions I've been building up in that time span. I imagined many times what I would do when I found my space and the only scenario that continuously formulated was me standing in the middle of the empty room bawling my eyes out, crying out of exhaustion and saying to myself 'FINALLY'. 

But surprisingly, I didn't cry. Instead, when I found the space (which was by total accident!) my insides leaped around, my heart was racing, and I ran home to tell my husband about it. I knew in my heart this was gonna be it. I hadn't felt that with any of the other bajillion spaces I looked at and within a week of finding the place, it became mine. And then I got the keys...and then a very large To-Do List started accumulating... and then...my Yay! became Oh shiiiii..but then every now and then there'd still be some Yay! going on.

I imagine as a new business owner this is something I'm going to experience a lot: moments of complete joy coupled with moments of oh crap, sprinkled in with more tiny moments of yippee! It's like getting into a psychotic relationship with yourself. And oh boy, is it going to be the BEST psychotic relationship ever. I can't wait.

Most of you probably didn't even know I was looking for a retail space. If that's the case, please do read my last post. It explains where all this crazy is coming from. For those of you that did know and listened to me talk about it for the last year, THANK YOU. Thank you for the encouragement to keep going. And thank you to the WJA for honoring me with the Carelle Grant last year. It's safe to say, I couldn't be where I am right now without the help of all you great people! 

After finding the space, I began to really hone in on what Tytin Jewelry means and its mission. So far, this is what I want it to be for me and for you...

Tytin Jewelry will be a studio and shop located in Chicago, IL servicing the needs of its independent jewelers. We will provide specialized workshops, host industry meet ups, showcase local designers, and sell a curated selection of jewelry making tools. Above all, we promise to be an unconditional support system for Chicago’s community of jewelry designers, makers, and enthusiasts. From newbie hobbyist to seasoned goldsmith, we’ll be here to support you in any stage of your jewelry profession and provide you with as many resources as we can to help you grow.

It may not be all of those things right away, and I may not know everything about jewelry or running a business, but I'm beyond thrilled (and scared out of my mind) to figure it all out for you, to grow with you, and to share this journey with you. I'm ready to take on all the #ohshityay times that are headed my way. Let's do this. Let's make some jewelry!

Love, Tina :)

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