When we opened in 2011, we had the hope that the financial crisis was receding into memory and that 'things can only get better'. How wrong that turned out to be!
Since then we have had years of financial turmoil, austerity, general elections, referendums and Brexit. And now a worldwide virus outbreak the likes of which we personally have not experienced before. Certainly strange times..
We are very proud of the community and client base that we have built over the last nine years; I never imagined that we would know so many amazing people from the city, the country - all over the world!
Now that we are facing possibly one of our biggest challenges yet, I hope that our friends will support us once again and keep our heads above water.
At the moment we are open as usual for business in the cafe and framing departments. We realise that social contact is going to diminish and possibly stop altogether in the coming weeks and hope that we can weather this storm as we have managed the other challenges thrown in our (and everyone's) direction.
I can only speculate on how the curve of the next few months will pan out but I know that less customers means less money and we rely on your support for our livelihood. Please support us and all of the small businesses of Edinburgh by buying from them as much as possible now and once the crisis is over.
If anyone wants to commission art, buy gift vouchers, paintings, frames etc etc please get in contact! We are going to need all the help that we can get...
I blame Stuart of course. This February he actually uttered the words; 'As we don't have a holiday booked this year, maybe we can actually make some money.'
See you all soon hopefully, or in the virtual world of the internet. At least the artists among us can have their moment; self- isolation holds no worries for us!! Just make sure we have enough pencils and paper... and as far as I know the panic buying hasn't reached the art materials aisle yet...
Wishing everyone safe and well in these trying times.
PS On a lighter note, my painting that was lost in the international mail over Christmas, which I had to repaint and resend this month, has made it over to the U.S. Hurray!