Saturday Night Reflections: Community

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Welcome to my Saturday night reflections on the blog. I was amazed by how many were reading the reflections on face book; it was the motivation I needed to make the blog a priority again.

My goal is to give you insight into what I am learning through the shoppe so that you might be encouraged, inspired and feel like you are on the journey with me. Hope is and will always be our heartbeat; we chose the “old fashioned” spelling of shoppe so you always see hope. Going into our second year at the shoppe our word for the year is Community.



noun: community; plural noun: communities

A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.


Today I was trying to finalize the draft for tonight’s blog entry but it didn’t feel right. As I have been working through my thoughts this evening I realized of course it didn’t feel right, it wasn’t Saturday night so how could I truly reflect on the week.

No surprise this afternoon and evening in the shoppe gave me just what I needed. A lesson I continue to learn again and again is waiting and taking a step back to breathe and listen and be still is always a good thing to do. I am a “getter done type of girl” so being still is not something that I have ever valued or seen as a gift. In my desire to be efficient and get things done I don’t take the time to really soak in all that is around me – to appreciate the people, places and things that God has placed in my life. This is one of my goals for the year and you are welcome to ask me how I am doing when you see me. Being still is a skill and I can learn it!

We have enjoyed welcoming many new customers to the shoppe this week. One of the things that has touched me as I have taken the time to have conversations with customers (when they are wanting to converse) that when the customer is getting ready to leave, they ask for my name, put out their hand and tell me their name and let me know they will be back. I am so touched as I have never left a retail store shaking the hand of someone who has helped me. I am reminded again that this shoppe isn’t about transactions it is about community. A place where people feel connected, appreciate being heard, drawn to the concept of helping shine a light on modern day slavery and supporting local artisans.

I still smile every time I think about telling Mrs. Petti in 2 hours of shopping we had raised over $170 for her art program. The joy on her face – priceless.; we still have the rest of the month to go so keep shopping Palm Beach Pubic. The memory of the shoppe Wednesday night filled with Palm Beach Public parents, teachers, students talking and laughing while they shopped and were enjoying good food from Kitchen and drink from VINOUTLET. It truly was a community affair to include Olaf (the student’s winning entry in the Scarecrow contest who now sits in our window waiting to see who the highest bidder will be to take him home on November 29th). It is truly an honor to be a business partner for the elementary school in which the shoppe is located.

Someone said it was a generous of me to have the shopping event but I believe it is my obligation to support the neighborhood in which the shoppe resides and send a message that  Shoppe 561 believes these young artisans are our future. Creating community and becoming part of the community doesn’t just happen. It requires a commitment and at times sacrifice so your actions demonstrate the value you place on it.

Thankful to have a shoppe that is a gathering place, where people come to feel at peace, inspired and find a sense of belonging. I look forward to creating more opportunities for community to take place in the shoppe as we go through our second year of business.

Looking back at our marketing brochure this was the closing paragraph: Shoppe 561 will also offer classes to awaken your inner-artisan and inspire your soul. Unlocking creativity, building community, supporting worthy causes, believing that no matter what there is always hope: that’s Shoppe 561.

Humbled to think that the vision that God put in my heart and head is truly on track even if the balance sheet doesn't show it just yet -- maybe that is why I feel such a peace and contentment I haven't felt in a long time. God's plan not Janelle's plan is the best every time.

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