Remember a few posts ago, in A Chance to be Profound, I told you about a little Christmas shopkeeper who was so kind to me, at a time when my spirit really, really needed it? I just got word that the shop is struggling this year. Really struggling. As the shopkeeper's sister wrote in a comment to that post just today, Demory's is "going through tough times right now." (gulp) We all know what that means in these tough times.
The thought of this particular shop closing makes my heart heavy, not because of anything in particular in their store -- though all their merchandise is lovely and fairly priced -- but because of the kindness and ethic that came along with the merchandise. That is a rare commodity that we have undervalued for far too long, don't you agree?
How's your Christmas shopping going?
Are you finished?
If you are, how did it go? Were you treated kindly? Did you leave the store feeling better than you did when you came in? Probably not.
In fact, when was the last time you left a store feeling beholden to the shopkeeper for treating you so well? I'll bet most of you can't remember. And if you can, it was a little shop like Demory's.
If you're not finished, why?
Are you out of ideas? Any chance they would like something from a little Christmas shop in Maryland?
How is your spirit feeling this season? Christmas and otherwise. I know mine waxes and wanes . . . and often this time of year, I keep my eyes open for that last little something to do to make the season brighter for someone else, thereby replenishing my Christmas spirit as well.
Well, I found it.
And I pass it along to you as well: Shop the shoppe!
If you need a gift for someone yet . . . consider a Christmas item from Demory's. Big or small, I know they'd love your business.
If nothing else, at least visit their website, for a unique experience . . . the website reflects the person, not only the merchandise . . . very refreshing.
Feel free to grab the button for your own blog and help me spread the word. (I feel just like Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail . . . "Can we save the Shop Around the Corner???" If only I had her cute hair . . . but I digress . . . let's get to work!)
Let the LORD be magnified,
which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
From Psalm 35:27