Saturday, August 25, 2012

Summer In Newport

Only In Rhode

It's the last weekend before Labor Day and I can already feel the change in the air. School starts for some next week, and the rest the week after. It seems we wait all winter for summer to come, then it's over in the blink of an eye. Fall has always been my favorite season of the year, but retail in Newport is never more fun than in the summertime.

The days are so much longer, and more relaxed even though we're much, much busier than in winter. We have doors at both ends of our store in Newport, and in the summer both are open and we get a fantastic cross breeze. Nearly everyone we see in the store is happy because they're either  on vacation or they're locals spending the day enjoying the city. And the best part is that the locals have become people we look forward to seeing, and the visitors LOVE to tell us how wonderful Newport is and how lucky we are to live here!

My absolute favorite part about working in downtown Newport is that every year we get the opportunity to meet so many people that are seeing this place for the first time.  When you listen to their enthusiasm for the Cliff Walk and the restaurants and beaches and their awe of the history and the mansions and the sheer beauty of our town, you can't help but feel grateful. Obviously, there's more to it when you live here - like politics and taxes, and  infrastructure, and blah, blah, blah.......but at the end of the day, we get to live here......................

This picture was taken yesterday evening at the Officer's Club in Newport (with a cell phone). Just a random day, having drinks and dinner.......No airline ticket needed to be purchased, no rental car, no hotel booked, no planning, no travel, nothing. We live here everyday. And I love that thousands of people come from all over the world every year just to remind me of that fact.