I absolutely cannot believe it’s been 10 years since I opened Pursona. Where has the time gone? They say time flies when you’re having fun and boy has it been fun. I still remember the drive on my way in the very first day I opened. I was so nervous. I remember calling John and I started to cry. What if no one came? What if it didn’t work? I had never done anything like this before. I was 26 years old. A baby. I had no clue. There are so many things I would have done different and so many things that I wouldn’t change. The store has giving me so many wonderful memories and beyond that it has given me purpose. It has matured me, cured me, and above all, loved me. It has given me such satisfaction, but not without cost. There are countless events I missed because of years of working Saturdays and Sundays. Even though we were closed didn’t mean there wasn’t work to be done. So many arguements about putting the store ahead of my relationships and so many vacations or dinners ruined because my mood altered when hearing the daily totals. I laugh about that now, but the store meant that much to me. It still does. When I reflect on the years 2 things stand out the most.
1. My Pursona girls. I have laughed, cried, argued, and most importantly LOVED all of you like my little sisters. Thank YOU for the countless memories and for making Pursona what it is today. All of you have had an impact on the success of my first baby.
2. My customers. Without you I wouldn’t be here. Literally. You guys gave me the confidence to keep the doors open year after year. Thank YOU for making Pursona THE place for shoes in Columbus, GA and slowly, but surely, the U.S. Thank you for becoming my friends and for trusting my advice when it came to putting a pep in your step. You will all forever be in my heart.
Here’s to the next 10. I can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store for all of us!