It started out like any other day, meetings, phone calls, and a list of things to do a mile long. I headed out the door to attend the Santiam Referral Group meeting at De Nova Café in Sublimity. Cathy Hemshorn of Country Financial heads up the meeting and does a great job. I had a seat and ordered lunch and listened to the guest speaker that day. After the meeting Paula Newman and I headed over to Cathy’s office to take a look at the painting she had done. As we were standing there I looked over and saw a closed door. I asked Cathy what was in there, and she said, “Oh it’s an empty office with all my stuff in there. Then she said, do you know anyone looking for a space?” Before I could stop myself I blurted out that I would love to have a Break the Chain storefront but that the timing wasn’t right. She looked at me and said, it’s yours we’ll figure it out together! Paula and I walked into the room; it was small about the size of a small bedroom. I told Paula I could bring my desk in and file cabinets and we would use it as an office. About that time Cathy walked up and said, “What are you doing in my file room?” I said, isn’t this the space, and she said no silly it’s over here. She opened the door and I literally fell to the ground. Paula looked at Cathy and said, “I’ve never seen her have this kind of reaction before!” I cried and looked around at the space. It was exactly what we needed to start out. Cathy had been storing her things in the space as she had just moved into a smaller home and didn’t know what to do with it all. She said she didn’t have a truck or anything to move it. I laughed and said oh I have a truck and a 16’ ft cargo trailer! I called the fire dept and talked to the chief who is a friend of both Cathy and me. He brought over all his reserves. We had that place empty and all her belongings to her new home and put away in 3 hours! We had received the space on Thursday October 13 and this was Friday. Cathy was amazed that we got it done so quickly! We began to see the importance of asking for help. She had an empty office space, and we had a truck and trailer.
The next day was Saturday and my friend Linda emailed me to let me know that her parents Bridal Store was going out of business, and did I need any items for the new store! Wow we went and picked up everything we needed. The next day Cathy and I were standing in the store, she said you should paint the walls and do what you want with the floor. We stood together for a long time, then walked down to the hardware store together and picked out the paint. I decided to tear out the carpet and Mike and Steff our dear friends who own a flooring company came over and sanded and put a coating on the floor to make it look like a garage floor. It is beautiful. Of course none of this would have been completed without the help of my super hero husband Jim. Then we painted shelves hung clothing and finally opened our doors on October 31 2011. We had lots of help getting it all together and it has been a great journey.
We are having our Grand Opening on December 2, 2011. Our hours that day are from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The address of the store is 102 S Center Street Ste B Sublimity, Or. We will have most of our Racing to Break the Chain team at the store to sign autographs and show off their race cars and trucks. Even “Hope” the Monster display truck will be there! If you are in the area we would love to have you come by and say hi! There are a lot more adventures that have taken place at our storefront, but I will save them for another day. I guess the most important message I can give you is never give up, never underestimate the power of prayer, and don’t forget to ask for help, because you never know who may need something you have, and vise versa.