A Farewell and Thank You Letter

“I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does.” - L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Everything in life must come to an end. And, sadly, that is the point at which I have found myself - having to say goodbye to my dear Silk's Saloon. We are closing our doors for good.
For the last 14 years my old time photo studio has been a source of fulfillment and joy, in ways I never could have imagined. What little girl gets to grow up and continue to play dress up for a living? Well I was one of the lucky ones because I never had to say goodbye to the thrills of living in my imagination. Not only that, but I was blessed with customers who were just as excited as I was about leaving our current era and stepping into another. To quote the fabulous L.M. Montgomery again, “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” Thank you so much to each of you who stopped by for a game of dress up!
I also cannot express how grateful I am for all the support I received from my community, from the beginning to the end. So many people pulled together at the start to donate time, skills, and love. And they have been banding around me ever since! My family truly made it all possible, staying up night after night the first year hanging sheet rock, wiring, painting, sewing, etc. And once we were done building they continued to work in the studio! My mother, father and brother truly put their heart and soul into making my dream come true. And my fiancé has been by my side ready to do whatever I asked ever since I found him on an icy continent at the bottom of the world. Thank you to everyone for the love and support!

I'm proud that the majority of my staff have been women. I can honestly say that each one proved the misconceptions of our gender wrong. It was the least dramatic, kindest, most loving, humor-filled, strongest, tight knit workplace I've experienced in my life (and I've had jobs all around the world!). And the handful of men who've joined us have been perfect examples of what wholesome masculinity is. Many of my staff had their first job in my studio. Getting to watch them grow into amazing adults was an honor. Thank you to each of you for making it a joy to work by your side every summer!
 I can't stop thinking how lucky I am to have had something that made saying goodbye so hard. But, “There's no normal life, It's just life. Get on with it.” (Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday in Tombstone)

Now, don't forget to sit up tall and say whiskeeeeeeeeey!