To my friends, family, customers, neighbors and colleagues:
I'd like to share an exciting announcement - CMD is relocating to the East Coast!
With a heavy heart, I'm sharing with you that I've made the challenging decision to close my SF Shop
at the end of September. The Bay Area will always be the place that helped me to define myself as a person.
Nearly 20 years ago, I packed up a suitcase and headed to San Francisco with a few hundred bucks in my bank account. I was so young (22!) and filled with the hope that I could carve my own path, far away from my family and the comforts that came with the familiarity of my surroundings. I went to a far-off-land, and still remember the first smells of Northern California - fragrant eucalyptus drenched in the salty ocean air. As I flew West, I said to my mom, "Don't worry, I"ll be back in a couple of years." In my mind, I thought it would be a short excursion and a way to dip my toes into the cold, unfamiliar waters of independence. There was a way that San Francisco sparkled and the colorful people were inspiring. I felt so welcomed and accepted in this diverse community. From the beginning, I threw myself into the discomfort of change as I looked to define myself and my path.
I could summarize the last 20 years as being the most freeing, wild times of my life. It was invigorating and challenging, exceptional and exciting, and even devastating at times. I built the foundation of a beautiful business. Along the way, I found strong and supportive people who helped me to continue on this journey.
The city life has been memorable but I'm ready to slow things down...create a home, build a garden and be close to my beloved family once again. I want to savor time with my niece and nephew and watch them grow which is a challenging feat from 3000 miles away. I look forward to more visits with my amazing 103-year old Gram and quiet chats with her on the back porch while we watch the birds. I can't wait for sweet Sunday dinners with my family. I want to work closely with my NY Team as we embark into the next phase of CMD.
Although I find comfort with the idea of "going back home," there will always be a warm place in my heart for San Francisco. Goodbye to the most beautiful city that really helped me define myself. I have so much love for my Bay Area friends who have become my family - I will hold you close to my heart when I travel East. I'm also going to miss my hilarious and lovable fur friends. Goodbye to organic everything and all the unique people, including all the artists and entrepreneurs who surrounded me during my journey. To all of my business owner friends - I'll be rooting for you from afar and always available to chat. :)
So long to winding roads and golden skies, thick fog and glistening sunshine. Goodbye to the chaos of city living smattered with peaceful parks and city hikes. I'll miss all those wacky folks who make San Francisco a weird and awesome place. Goodbye to the best food and the coldest summers, the littered streets and pristine parks. Goodbye to perfect little grocery stores and flashy Victorians. I won't be the first person to leave my heart in San Francisco.
I'm so thrilled to share that CMD is flourishing as we continue to move forward with a "new way" of running our business. We forged ahead and created a virtual model that's working really well... and we're building the online experience to be better than ever. I want to continue to connect with all of you on a deeper level so please continue to book virtual appointments with me. I love meeting you face-to-face. I hope to be back in The Bay for pop-ups and trunks shows at my favorite shops. I won't be able to resist regular visits and perfect jaunts to places I'll always hold dear to my heart.
One more exciting thing to share - I found a new home for the CMD Shop in Asbury Park, New Jersey (just miles from where I grew up)! I'll be 1/2 a mile from the warm Atlantic and just a 45 minute drive to Manhattan. I have a beautiful new space which will be open by appointment (both in person and virtually). More details to come...
I will miss all of you. Tears are in my eyes and my heart is aching. I love you all so much... and I thank you for showing me the real meaning of community. What an incredible group of gorgeously supportive and unique people that surround me and my team. Your unending support makes my heart burst. So long, San Francisco. I will forever miss you.