My dad thought that was so funny. Do you see how I am walking straight in from the big doors? That is because our table was exactly where the wide corridor ended. It was a perfect location. I had to get to work saying hello to people.
So I took my position. That lady on the right is Jane. She is a city council member. She was very nice. If you look really close you can see I have cards in my hand. I gave one to each person that came by. It tells all about our shop and that it is going to be opening in August.
Then all of a sudden I looked up and there was my grandma and grandpa. I did not know they were coming. It was a surprise. I like when they do that. My dad tried to get me to go out to dinner with them, but I said I had to stay to help with the table. They understood. My grandpa said he was very proud of what I was doing.
So here we are...Joyce Ellen and Sarah Ellen. Oh if my grandma was in this picture, there would be another one, Elizabeth Ellen. So we all have a connection to our store name. It got chilly for awhile, so I had to put my jacket back on. It covered up my apron a little. Hmm...do you see another match ?
I told a lot of people about our opening and that someone very, very special is going to be there. And...it is going to be on my 21st birthday!!! That is pretty exciting. About this time, my dad asked me if I was hungry because there was a room set up for just the exhibitors - that's me - and inside was a buffet from Costco, one of the event sponsors. I had pizza, a wrap and carrots with dip. It was yummy. By the end of the night, my feet were aching from standing up so much.
We took one last picture of our table before we had to take it down. Everybody loved it. Do you see that yellow sign on the very left. It is pretty important to us. My mom shared it with many people she talked to. There are some local newspapers and magazines interested in doing a story on us. And a television station too. You should be able to click on the picture to read it. If not, here is what it says:
JEllen's house of fabric
To provide competitive employment in an entrepreneurial setting for young adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.
To create a destination quilt boutique and "sew"cial lounge featuring high quality fabrics, patterns and notions and stitching instruction as well as a comfortable gathering place for creative souls.
To provide friendly and competent customer service. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver the best experience in the fabric and sewing industry.