Cre8ing With Station 8: Unlikely Friends
Friendships can start in many different ways. For example they can start as children and last your whole life. They can start over a common interest (junking for example), or they can start with a girl looking for a different job!
Who doesn’t’ love a new vintage shop in their town? So despite the fact that I was in the middle of building a house, and had all of my belongings in storage I couldn’t resist the pull of a new shop to browse through; not only that, parked in the parking lot was my coveted car (1959 corvette). I absolutely had to see what was going on, and meet the person who owned “my” car.
I remember walking into the shop and standing in awe of the beautiful display that greeted me. While standing there, possibly drooling, I was warmly welcomed by a smiling Colette. I quickly gathered my wit’s about me, and proceeded to beg for a job. She kindly pointed to a chalkboard that stated she was hiring part time sales people, and we promptly set up an interview! Little did I know that I had just met, not only my new boss, but someone who would become a very dear friend to me. When I told her I wanted to be her when I grew up, and she replied “I’ll teach you everything you need to know” I knew I had found the place I was supposed to be!
We, as they say, hit it off immediately! Within the first couple of months we embarked on our first buying trip! Talk about brave…to head off on an overnight excursion with someone you have only known for a little over a month! She could have been a crazy driver and I could have literally been putting my life in her hands; I could have been a party animal who insisted on partying in the hotel bar at night, we were taking a chance on each other, and it turned out marvelously!
On that first trip we found out that we had more in common than we originally thought , Colette is a fantastic driver, and I’m definitely not a party animal, we can both shop until we drop, and are the only other person we know who can keep up with the other one. More importantly we discovered that we had the same vision for the shop. We have the same work ethic, share the same ideals, have the same level of taste, and the same aesthetics. All of this allows us to have a blast doing what we do because it makes working together so easy! For one of us to describe a display that we have in our mind, and the other one to be able to see it in their mind the way we do is truly a gift. On any given day we’re able to communicate using only hand gestures, we always joke around about having the same brain, and we’re not entirely sure we’re not psychically connected! We’ve known from the beginning how rare and special it is that we can be both employer/employee, and very good friends.
I have been so fortunate for the past 6 years to, not only to be in a business that I am passionate about, but blessed to work for someone who I truly enjoy learning from. Because at the end of the day we all know it’s not about the “stuff” in our lives, but the people.
On behalf of Team 8
Rachel Kelly, Shop Manager
The Shops at Station 8