Three years ago, we opened C2C Gallery in the former Story and Clark Piano Factory. We held our breaths, set up displays, invited Karisa Wilson to perform for our first Friday evening. We rushed to get the space ready. Since that evening, we have gained customers, made new friends, sold artwork made by several Michigan artists and more.
In 2012, Vera Armstrong was retiring and wanted us to move into her retail space. She had started Euroflora in the same location I was in the piano factory. Women business owners have to stick together. (Don’t you know!) So, with much discussion between Brian and I, we made a commitment to Grand Haven, bought the building and moved in. Dave Sanders and Joe Larsen have made it happen in both locations. They are both wonderfully patient men who renovated both spaces exactly as I requested. Bob Walma helped with my website and created several videos. Plus, he has always been available to take pictures and help in the gallery. I couldn’t have made it this far without the support of our community and visitors, Bob Walma, Brian Barker, and Christi Dreese.
So, here we are open for ArtWalk 2012, but our sign still says “Euroflora”. It all worked out. The move has been fantastic. We continue to make new friends, introducing “Art for Your Every Day Life” to West Michigan. So, here’s to remembering where we started on Throwback Thursday. Thank you everyone and see you Friday night.