I'd kind of forgotten about the tour bus coming. Woops, I will go back... Last September I received a phone call from a tour bus company requesting a visit to Bittersweet Soap & Apothecary Shop. Since it was so long ago, I'd forgotten the call. This Thursday I received a follow up call exclaiming the bus of forty five - fifty women would be visiting at five o'clock on Saturday. No worries, and safe travels, I thought. I knew nothing about the tour, other than they were coming to explore and visit Bittersweet. Should I offer drinks or treats? Then I proceeded to ponder the idea of fifty ladies in my, our, shops. I also pondered how that would probably fill the shop completely with little room for expansion. No worries, as I reminded myself.
Then the bus pulled up in front of the shop...
I thought to myself, as I went outside to greet the tour upon their arrival, that is a huge bus! Then I tried to see inside the bus, only to notice every seat was taken! Oh my, I thought to myself. Then I reminded myself once again, no worries...
Thinking how happy I was that sweet Rachel was going to be running a second register as I watched the large group of ladies exit the bus. Thankful too!
I also reminded myself of how a packed tour bus visiting a small business is some what a dream come true.
Once everyone made their way inside, I greeted them and spoke a few words. Later, as I walked through the crowd, I mentioned out loud to the group how it reminded me of my concert days squeezing around the tight spots throughout the crowded shop.
I mentioned to the tour guide, Peggy how diverse the group was. She agreed and we had a short discussion. Then I quickly attended the line of tour bus customers. Little time was allowed to chat, as both Rachel and I were in a shop marathon type situation. I was custom mixing, ringing up, adding fragrance to creams while Rachel occasionally popped her head above the crowd from her perch. She would hold up a product up in the air and yell, not really yell, soft polite yell, how much is this?
The moments flew by...I found out during the fast paced visit that the group mostly resided in Nebraska. I believe the Emerald Tour folks were in the shop for thirty minutes or so. Bittersweet was the tours first stop and then they were headed to the Elms Hotel. I'm guessing the tour theme was Mardi Gras, because most of the ladies had on colorful beads.
My Aunt Vivian is in town for a short visit and I've planned an antique shop outing. After all, this soap maker deserves some R&R after yesterday's busy day! I'm sure my next post will be a show and tell.
My blessings are abundant and I'm so very thankful for all.
Enjoy caring and sharing days.
With all good wishes, always.