I feel that the best way for this blog to begin is to let you see who I am by seeing who is important to me.
My name is Ashley Cole and I own a small retail shop that specializes in customized bath and body products. I have been running my shop since the summer in 2008. In the time since we opened the original shop, we have moved the shop once, lived through construction/ renovations 3 times and we have had one name change. It has been hectic to say the least but I love it. Not only has it been hectic but it has taken a lot of work and I did not do it by myself. I have amazing family and friends and this post is dedicated to them.
Now, in no particular order, the people I love!
Above is a picture of me with my parents, Susan & Bert. They are wonderful parents and amazing people, I am very proud of them and thankful for all they do to help me out. This picture was taken at a tailgate party before the Auburn/ Florida game this year in Auburn, AL. Game day in Auburn is one of my favorite things! Just to clarify for my dad’s sake, he is not an Auburn fan. If you are from the south and follow SEC football you know that is important. I am such a good daughter!
This picture is of Micah, my boyfriend and me on a date night. Micah keeps me grounded and I have no idea where I would be without him. As I am sure you will see in future post, I have big ideas and I dream big, sometimes I need to be brought back down to earth! Micah helps me keep my stress level low by making me laugh until I cry and noise no longer comes out. We have a lot of fun together and I am thankful for him everyday. He gives me ideas for the shop without every knowing and I am sure he thinks I don’t listen to him when he chimes in on HCBC but I do and it is appreciated!
Ok, those two have not really helped much with the shop but they help with my sanity, when they are not driving me crazy. The cutie on the left is Brinn, our 8 month old lab/boxer mix. She is super cute and very loving but she is HYPER active and needs a lot of attention! The sweet girl on the right is KK. K has been with me since 2005 and brings a lot of joy to my life. Even when I should be mad at her she makes me laugh. They are good girls and make my time at home great.
That is my sister Summer with her husband Mickey and their little guy Reece. Summer and Mickey have put in a lot of hours working on the shop over the past few years and they accept food and bath products for payment. Can’t beat that!! Summer always has ideas for the shop and they are both so encouraging it is amazing that I can keep my inflated head upright! I have an amazing family!!
Micah and Mickey standing in front of our pallet wall in the shop. When we renovated the shop last time I had the great idea to breakdown pallets and nail them to the wall. Seems easy enough, right? Wrong, it was hard work and took a lot of time. Looks great though and it added a lot to the character of the new shop. Thanks guys!
Summer and Jenna (shop manager and friend) breaking down pallets for the wall. No joke, it was hard work. Jenna on a daily basis keeps me straight at the shop. My life would be a lot harded without her and I know I would never be able to replace her. Thanks for all you do Jenna! P.S- I started a blog. Yay, another thing I will need help with 😉
This is one of my best friends, Cat. Cat and I have been friends since high school and we have been through a lot together, good and bad and we still love each other! Cat is my Quickbooks expert and quickly answers any question that may come up. I think she is the one tech person I do not mind trouble shooting with! Oh, Cat just got married so a big congrats to Cat and her new husband, Shu!!
This little man, Reece, is my heart!! You cannot help but smile when you see him! He almost always has a smile on his face and if he doesn’t, well, he is super ticklish so you can coerce a smile and a huge laugh. Baby laughs are the best!!
This lady is Neely, also one of my best friends. The only reason I know Neely is because of the shop. She came in our old shop a couple of years ago looking for a job and the girl working for me at the time told me to hire her, no questions asked. She is funny, loyal and very honest, even when you don’t really want to hear it. She can talk me down or cheer me up in a heart beat and doesn’t hesitate to call me out when I let stupid stuff slip. I miss her working at the shop!
This blog will certainly bounce between the shop and my personal life. So much of the inspiration for the shop is formed on my personal life and also, it is my blog so I can blog about whatever I want! 😉
I hope you enjoy!