As we locked up the shop last evening, literally closing the door on 2012, I felt a calmness about the coming year that I've not experienced since opening the shop in 2006. We've had a great year, our best yet in many ways both professionally and personally, and I finally feel like I may be able to stop holding my breath just for a moment and take it all in...Owning a small business, and we are truly a small business, is tough. You have to wear multiple hats while spinning many plates and juggle standing on one foot. But both Kerry and I love what we do and we love sharing it with you. So as I relax in the moment for just a bit before I begin working on an even better 2013, I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you for your support. Because without you, your sense of adventure, curiosity, and willingness to try something new, Swirl would not exist.
We know you have many places to shop for wine in New Orleans and options seem to be increasing rapidly. Grocery store chains are beginning to realize that New Orleanians are looking for something other than Yellow Tail and Sutter Home and many energetic entrepreneurs are jumping headfirst into opening small neighborhood retail shops. We understand how easy it could be to fill your grocery cart with wines while you shop or just pop into the closest place with easy parking.
So for those of you who still enjoy the thrill of discovering a new producer or obscure variety, selected by people who truly care about the products we stock or who like to hear the story behind a particular wine on our shelves or who just like hanging out in the shop enjoying a glass with friends, we thank you. We thank you for trusting us to make your selections, for sharing your company and for supporting us through the years. And for those of you who haven't been in the shop in a while for some reason or another, come by. You'll always get the same warm greeting, thoughtful help and quality wine whether you are spending $10 or $100.
Cheers to you, and here's hoping you have the happiest year of your life ahead!