Christmas Past & Present



Our last retail Christmas Open House is past.  We have celebrated 26 in all…and all now a precious memory.

Imagine over 200 customers waiting at our front porch and shop entrance for the doors to open.   It was difficult to move during the initial crush, but our clients told me they were able to glean treasures from the merchandise and hand-crafted decorations we assembled.  Our theme was A Christmas To Remember, and it truly was memorable.

Such home-based business merchandising can be demanding, but the benefits are many.  Do you own a home-based business?  Have you thought about it?  Share your comments or ask those “how to” questions.   The best teacher is the voice of experience. 

Happy Thanksgiving!



About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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