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2022-09-16. Well, this is Susan.  I'm the owner to Bead-Therapy.  I really do try to be in the shop as much as I can, but I frequently have to work my old job in order to pay the bills.  I love the shop, and don't get me wrong, but opening the shop was not really the best financial move I could have made.  I was really hoping to NOT have to work my old job by now and was hoping to be able to enjoy the shop and beading more than I'm able to do right now.  And taking some vacation once in a while would be nice too.  Can't really afford to do that either.

So, what am I doing right now?  I'm in Florida helping my parents move into an idependent living retiremement apartment.  IN FLORIDA.  Where they have no family.  Sure, they've lived here for the past 22 years and have friends here, but at age 88 and 89, most of their friends are of similar age and are not getting out much.  So why can't they move to Chattanooga, where I could at least see them a fair amount before they go to the great beyond?  Because Chattanooga is too cold.  I'm so sad.  The Arbors is a nice place and has assisted living and skilled unit available for when the need arises, but still.....  I would have liked to be able to visit more than I have been able to being 6.5 hours away.  Oh well.  I really TRIED to convince them to come to Chattanooga.  They won't come.  I'm over it.  I have given up.

My brother (who lives in Colorado- even FARTHER away) is here helping, and for that I'm grateful.  The one thing that I am NOT grateful for?  My parents poorly functioning AC unit.  They didn't even realize that it wasn't working.  UGH!  It's a tad hot.  AC set on 74.  Inside temp 81.  Ugh!!!  Wish me luck and grant me courage.

5-7-2023 Well, I'm amazed that we've made it for 3 full years at the new shop.  Life is still pretty rough since I think everybody is still recovering from all the COVID shutdown and slowing of business due to people being off work, having no money, etc.  And I'm really sorry for everybody who have lost loved ones due to COVID.  My family escaped relatively unscathed in general and that's because we vacinated, masked and didn't really go anywhere.  I only had 3 scares that I might have COVID and I had to sequester at the shop for about a week waiting for my test results to come back before going home so that I didn't infect my family!  But I was negative and everything was ok.

I'm thankful for all my customers who have kept me in business and I'm trying to be a destination bead shop for the local area.  Many bead shops are gone and the "big boxes" aren't helping much and I know they don't really care about a little shop like me.  Thanks for shopping small and come back and see me (often if you can and just buy a little bit!).  I was hoping to quit my old job by now, but haven't been able to so far.  I guess I just need to consider not trying to carry everything possible, but I really want you all to be able to find whatever you need (for the most part- I really CAN'T carry everything).  And please try to leave a review on Google, Yelp, Trip Advisor about the shop.  Spread the word.....  Keep Bead-Therapy alive!!  Please.  I'm sure that my husband would probably be happier if the shop didn't exist, and our bank account really would be too, but what's done is done, so come and see me!!