Tuesday, September 28, 2010
So, anyhoo - something I've not shared here (except in passing when discussing the dysfunctional wine cow and her emotionally-stunted family banning us from their businesses here in town) - the hubby was getting rather tired of wasting his expertise and passion - both in wine and in flowers - for spoiled or uninspired yoyos who either thought "owning a shop is cute!" or had their daddy buy it for them.
Sadly, this has been the case for the last 27 years of his life, ever since his first floral design job in New Canaan, CT. Since then, he's worked with world class wine makers (including wine maker of the year once) and designed flowers for royals, presidents, senators, movie stars, visiting dignitaries - well, you get it.
When we lived in the Napa Valley, he even had one designer in Beverly Hills fly him down every week and then home for the weekends.
The kid has talent.
Recently, some dear friends of ours had expressed an interest in investing in some kind of a business. And initially they thought of opening a high-end wine shop in our uptown area. But finding a suitable space was difficult. We explored cavernous buildings - including a former Woolworth's - that were simply too huge. Others required a total gut and re-do - to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But one fine evening in mid August, the four of us were uptown for dinner and I happened to mention that the old Burgevin's flower shop - a fine and venerable old institution here - was closing and the current florist was moving out.
On August 18, we saw the inside for the first time - a glorious old shop that was designed - in 1904 - as a florist's dream come true.
And we're opening this weekend. In less than 2 months, we took this lovely but filthy space and turned it into a showplace.
And on Friday, October 1, 2010 - Toad Lily at the Burgevin opens its doors!! With our friend Liz and hubby Brian in partnership.
It's gonna be great! Take a peek at our progress.
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
But it's been a mad whirlwind here at Chez DuPree - we celebrated a birthday, went into partnership in a new business, and it's just been full-tilt boogie.
As you can see, it's all I can do just to keep up. The anti-spasmodics are helping.
I promise to give you a full update with all the details just as soon as I can, but until then - know I'm thinking of you and missing you all terribly.
Buh-buh-uh-buh-buh-uh-buh-buh........buh-bye for now!