Monday, August 27, 2012

No Experience Needed

Only In Rhode

Okay, so the other day I talked about how my favorite thing is spending the Summer in downtown Newport, and the wonderful people that give us a chance to recognize how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful place.

Now, I'm talking about my least favorite thing................saying Goodbye to employees. It happens every single year, and I hate it every single year. Our "Summer Girls" go back to school, or our year-round girls move on to new adventures, babies, career moves, or other life changes. 

Only In Rhode Island's very first employee worked with us for 7 years (until she went off to law school). Others have been with us 6 years, five get the idea - we become rather attached. We've always been incredibly lucky to find those individuals that "fit". One of our favorites was with us for only 2 years because her husband was in the Navy and was re-assigned. We knew this would be the case when she started, but that didn't make it any easier to say goodbye. 

Those who have moved on stop by the store from time-to-time, stay connected through facebook, and send Christmas cards, but it's obviously not the same as working side by side for years at a time. Still, we get incredibly excited when one of our former team reaches an important goal or milestone, or achieves fantastic success. For instance, I was driving over the Newport Bridge some months back and heard Roz Raskin & The Ricecakes playing on the radio. Roz is an Only In Rhode Island girl from way back and I was so proud of her I cried. When she wins her first Grammy, I fear I might explode.

Similarly, one of our girls just left this past weekend for Wellesley, the alma mater of Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright. There is no doubt in my mind that her accomplishments will eventually eclipse both of those amazing women.

Created by The Mad Hatter Bakery

The above photo is our end-of-Summer cake, celebrating another fun, successful Summer and to show our appreciation to the great staff that worked so hard.