Best of the City! Happy birthday, Hazel Tree!

We are back in the studio today, after the lovely week off for our summer holiday, and we have lots to celebrate!!
First, I (Karen) was voted "Best Interior Decorator" in Akron Life Magazine's Best of the City issue!

When our copy arrived in the mail, it was just so exciting to see. It really feels like such an honor to be voted #1 by the public for something like this. Thank you to all who voted, I am grateful for this incredible recognition!

The second wonderful thing to celebrate today? July 10, 2012 is the 2-year anniversary of the day we opened Hazel Tree Interiors! (My, how time flies.)

Two years ago today, after working really hard for four months to get the building and the new phase of our business polished and ready, we opened our doors to the public for the first time.

What a sweet memory that is. I remember waking up that morning and being just so giddy with excitement. Kelly Tighe, a dear friend and old theater colleague of mine, came to stay with us for the two weeks prior to opening - to paint the mural and help us not go crazy as we staged the store for opening day! (We didn't know that he would also help us with the latter, but thank goodness he was there!)

Fond memories today, indeed. Filled with awe at how far we've come, joy at recalling the projects and events we have worked on over the past two years, the fun we've had along the way.

Thank you for being a part of it!