Thursday, January 2, 2020

A New Year

A New Decade.
Happy 2020 to you all!

New Year's Eve Bob made it to 9.
I made it to 11.
I tried to see the New Year in.
I failed.

Today my vacation is over.
Have to go back to work.

I have been in bunny mode these past two weeks.
Instead of counting sheep when I go to bed,
I count how many bunnies I have made. LOL
They are multiplying.
(25 now completed)
Plus one Easter Egg.

This new year will bring a new adventure
for Bob and I.

Last year we opened a second store
called The Urban Garage.
Unfortunately it did not turn out as well
as we planned.
We made the difficult decision to close
December 31st.

On another note,
we will open a new store in March.
This one will be in the same place 
as our Urban Garage was.

You know the old adage
"If at first you don't succeed,
try, try again.
Well try again we will.

We will be moving our candy, pickles,
jams, popcorn and candles from
our Back Porch store and expand
into the new one.
Bob will be making handmade wood items
while I will make more of my handmades.
Thus the reason why I have been on
this bunny kick.

This new store will be jam packed
with all kinds of goodies we have planned.

This is all I can share 
with you right now friends.

We are very excited and have been
laying out the design for this new store
for the last month.
We have also been purchasing 
unique things that will also be for sale.

When the time is right, I will share more.
Hopefully this new year and decade
will be a good one for a second store.

Our Back Porch Antique store is still going strong.
A big thank you to all of our customers
who come far and wide to shop.
Without you, our dream of having
a small business would fade away.
Just remember small business owners
put their heart and souls into their work.
Bob has done that for the last 12 years
at Back Porch.
We hope we can continue the success
with our new adventure.

Wishing you all a big success in whatever
you choose to do this new decade.

Well back to work I go.
Tim Horton's here I come. LOL

What will this new year find you doing?

A New Decade Blessings To All!


  1. wonderful new adventures on your plate for the new year.
    looking forward to hearing all about it.

  2. Another thing we have in common...I keep reinventing myself, business...yes, if one doesn't work, try, try again. You're on to something with the handmades, I think it's coming back...all the things I made in the 90's (within reason here now...) are now coming back around. Customers want a OOAK...I laugh every time I type this now! Thanks Good Luck!

    1. We have so many things in common. I hope this new adventure works out. Keeping my fingers crossed. Janice

  3. Wishing you success in 2020 with your new endeavor.

  4. Hi Janice,
    Wishing you much success with the new venture!!! Sometimes we have to move forward and let other things go! You are both so creative, and together, I know it will be a success!! Wishing you both a wonderful 2020!!
    Heart Hugs~
    Julie xo

    1. Thanks Julie. Need all the best wishes we can get. Both scary and excited at the same time since the other store did not take off. Good thing with the other store is we can still sell that inventory over at our Back Porch store. Janice

  5. Yes if at first you don't succeed, try again. Wishing you a great success in your new store.
    Happy New Year.
    Hugs, Julia

    1. Thanks Julia. Need all the best wishes we can get. Janice

  6. I made to 11:15.

    How exciting about the stores. Please let me know where they are.I would love to do a road trip and find them and visit!

    1. Thanks Jeanie! We are in Marine City, MI. We are a Summer destination with many parks and nice restaurants along our big blue St Clair river. Let me know if you decide to visit us and I will take off work to meet you in person. Janice

  7. So sorry the Urban Garage was not successful. The pictures you posted of the shop were so wonderful. Good luck and much success with your new endeavor.

    1. Yeah we are too, but such is life. Hopefully folks will like our new adventure. Janice

  8. Happy New Year Janice (and a belated Merry Christmas). I am sorry to hear that Urban Garage is no more.... From what I saw, it looked amazing. But I am wishing you well in your new vision. Like others have said...both you and Bob are so creative, I am certain it will be a hit. Hope the new year is off to a great start.... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

    1. Thanks Robin! Yeah we thought our store was amazing and different. Now that we closed, more people are walking into our other store wanting to go in. Go figure. Janice

  9. Happy New Year! Good luck with all your projects!! Kit

  10. Thanks Kit. I have so many Spring ideas planned that I hope I get them all completed. Janice

  11. I didn't know you had an antique store! Do you have anything on-line?

    1. Hi Susan, my husband Bob puts new items on our Facebook page at Back Porch Antiques Marine City Michigan. If you see anything at all you like, you can send him a message. Janice

  12. 'Love your snowmen. Best wishes for the new store, and in all of your ventures.

  13. Thank you Danice! Keeping our fingers crossed that this new store will succeed. Janice

  14. Can't wait to see new store even though Urban Garage was filled with a lot of great things. Hoping the new store goes over in a spectacular way. The antique store is also full great offerings. Have to save money for another trip into the stores. Always finding something worthy of bringing home.

  15. Thanks Sandy! I have been creating non-prim items, but will be making some prim items too! Will be stenciling items as well. Cannot say yet what the full scope will be, but when I can, will do. Bob did just purchase 2 cool antique hanging scales for Back Porch. Not sure if he put them in there yet though. Janice


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