Once in a blue moon

Once in a blue moon, you might find yourself trapped in your dining room by a global pandemic, slightly chilled from a whisper of winter still hanging around outside, and fighting an annoying urge to feel sorry for yourself.

If you’re lucky enough to live in the sweetest city in the world, you might, then, digitally wander over to the Blue Moon Emporium and order yourself the world’s softest, coolest sweatshirt (the one you gave nearly everyone on your Christmas list.)

If you did that, even you might be surprised to be wearing your new sweatshirt just a few hours later and telling anyone who will listen how much it feels like a big ole hug.

Once in a blue moon that might happen. But it can. I know because it happened to me.

I told myself I was making a purchase because I wanted to support local businesses (which I do). But, I also just really love that sweatshirt and I was kind of grouchy and needed a pick-me-up. So, on Monday I ordered it online and that alone was enough to cheer me up. Imagine how thrilled I was to see our young friend Sam pull up to our house later that afternoon to hand deliver (from a safe social distance) my sweatshirt.

As I’ve written about before, my friend Cathy runs this amazing little shop (kind of like the Rose Apothecary only not as stuffy and with even cooler stuff). It’s a walk-in-and-browse kind of place that celebrates local artists and the places we all love. You want to pop your head in and linger any time you walk past.

Any store or restaurant that thrives on foot traffic has been particularly hit hard by the Safer at Home orders and it has been interesting and inspiring to see how many have adjusted. A lot of them will emerge stronger than ever when this pandemic clears. But, for right now, they need some help.

So, I’m more than happy to support local businesses and restaurants as best I can by buying gift cards, ordering their items online and encouraging them on social media. Once a week, we’re ordering take out from a local restaurant because we want to support them and, let’s be honest, because we like their food. So far, we’ve had great meals from Antojitos, Mark’s Eastside, Apollon, Ricos and Basil’s Cafe. We’re looking forward to trying other places as well and we’re open to suggestions.

I’m also trying to shop locally when I can and, when I find something really special, I like to spread the word.

Like this soft and cuddly sweatshirt and the very talented entrepreneur who created it.

Ahhhhh!

My hero sister in-law Melissa is a front line worker and I could not be more pleased to see that the sweatshirt I gave her for Christmas is a happy place for her too.
I gave a few of my favorite people that sweatshirt.
So this week I gave it to myself. (I only buy clothes once in a blue moon so I am particularly pleased by this purchase.)
This is what the front door to Blue Moon Emporium looks like right now. They can no longer hand deliver, but they will mail you your purchase, and they also offer a clean and efficient curbside pickup.
A few weeks ago, I mentioned that someone had taken my You Are Beautiful sign from my front yard and that I was thinking about replacing it with something more permanent. Next thing I knew, Cathy was dropping off a package for me — a brand spanking new metal You Are Beautiful street sign. I hadn’t even asked for it. She gave me that gift.

8 thoughts on “Once in a blue moon

  1. FIRST time I know about the Blue Moon Emporium. Thanks for the information, and my best wishes to your ni e friend. Hoping she gets many orders.

    1. Thank you! I should have mentioned that it’s on College Avenue so maybe next time you go to Zumba you can check it out 😁

  2. Thank you for the reminder to continue to shop local. Blue Emporium is a gem!
    I also want to say how much fun it is to see Mrs. Wiz comment. That is the icing on the cake for me after grabbing my morning cup ‘o joe and reading another charming and heartfelt anecdote on “AnotherSlice”. Thanks, Laura, for brightening my day.

  3. Laura – thanks for the sweatshirt suggestion . . . got one for my 82nd birthday from Colleen!!

  4. I’m having a tough time with this “Stay At Home.” Our state (NC) is holding off on opening. This is reminding me of when I shattered my elbow and hubby kept me in hospital and two rehabs for almost 2 months because he was afraid I would be re-injured by one of the dogs. It’s a deal “it’s for your own good,” but it’s really hard when one is not getting to decide for themselves.

    1. I shattered my elbow once too! That rehab was rough and I still can’t fully straighten it. My husband said my Xray looked like a game of Kerplunk!

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