Doing the Limbo

I’m cracking up at the title here, because if I even tried to ACTUALLY do the limbo, I would end up in the emergency room…But, in limbo is where Multitudes remains.

First, thank you for the tremendous outpouring of support! We have always said we have the BEST customers, and y’all just proved it once again!

Second, what an opportunity for God to show us His plan for our business. Once again, I have turned to Him for guidance and once again, He has delivered peace that passes all understanding. And, he is teaching me to keep my eyes on Him moving forward all the days of my life…and not just when my eyes are downcast in confusion and frustration. An oldie but goodie has been pressed on my heart, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” God is moving in our lives, y’all. Won’t it be fun to see what He does?

Wow! So, I have never written like that on this forum, y’all…and I hope you don’t mind!

Third, here is the plan…for now…

  1. Our brick & mortar location…205 S. College St….will remain closed until the smoke issue is completely resolved and we can open boxes there and feel good about what our customers buy from us in-store.
  2. We are still looking for a temporary “pop-up shop”…but in the meantime, new arrivals will be offered online, and on Facebook and Instagram within the next few days. Shipping is free, and if it doesn’t fit, or you don’t like it, you can return it for a full refund.
  3. We are trying to also arrange for a place to pick-up and/or try-on items…so stay tuned for that.
  4. Rewards and Gift Certificates…first of all…we TOTALLY plan to re-open Multitudes so you will get to claim your in-store rewards and use your certificates soon! In the meantime, if you are an in-store customer:
    1. We will track all purchases and make sure you still get your Five-Star Points!
    2. If you happen to get a Five-Star text and have a reward pop-up on your phone that only lasts a short time…or you do have a Gift Certificate that you must use right now, please leave a note in the message box on your order stating what the Five Star Text says, or the Gift Certificate number…or message us with that information…and we will make that adjustment on your online order.
  5. If you are an on-line customer…hang tight with the whole reward thing. We are looking into this right now and will have a system for you to use hopefully soon.
  6. TUESDAY TRENDS…y’all, we need a few more days. We will be back soon with lots of new items that are currently sitting in boxes all over my living room. 🙂

So, yeah, we are in limbo. We are just thankful it’s not the kind that requires a backbend!

More soon…

xoxo – Kelly

Ups & Downs

So, running your own business always comes with ups and downs. And, running a biz in 100+ year old building certainly adds to those ups and downs…like turning on a light switch only to find it’s attached to your neighbor’s lights and not your own, or turning on the hot water and the breaker that runs your ceiling fans pops. We have always loved being in a historical building in this beautiful town, and have embraced those ups and downs wholeheartedly!

So, many of you know about the barbeque restaurant that opened up next door earlier this month. It is called The Vault, is run by the sweetest couple, and has the best brisket and smoked chicken this side of the Pecos (we know this as fact, but we dare you to go and try for yourself)!  So, another great up for us!

The down:  since the  Vault opened and we share a common wall in this beautiful old building with  them, unfortunately our store also smells like we are serving the best barbeque this side of the Pecos.

Everyone is working like bees to find all the places that aren’t sealed between our two stores, but in the meantime, we are regrouping so we can still offer y’all (our amazing friends and customers) the same quality, and experience, you get when you walk in our door, order online, or shop us from Facebook or Instagram. So, here’s the plan!

  1. We are having a Smokin’ Hot Liquidation Sale for all the merchandise currently in the store and online! Yes, EVERY ITEM! And yes, these items smell a bit smoky…but hang outside for 24 hours or dry-clean…and they should be good as new. The sale starts tomorrow and will run through Friday, September 7th. (all sales final) So….come down, grab a barbeque sandwich and head over to us for a Smokin’ hot deal!
  2. We are Poppin’ Up in a temporary location (TBA) where we will offer all new merchandise that is being shipped in daily. More details to follow soon!

Y’all, we are so sorry for this inconvenience! We truly LOVE our customers and even though we’re just a small clothing boutique, we take our role in your world, and this community, very seriously! We would be nothing without you and your support. I am absolutely committed to get this behind us and continue to offer you the same quality service that made you vote us #1 in Ellis County!

Fondly,

Kelly

Tuesday Trends at Multitudes

Hi Y’all,

So Multitudes started a thing today…we hosted a Facebook Live Event titled Tuesday Trends at Multitudes. Did you see it?

We decided to go this route after three attempts to schedule our annual fashion show this Spring. Life is crazy around here, and we just couldn’t nail down a date that worked for everyone, so we thought…let’s take the fashion show to them…and instead of making it a one-time event, we will do it weekly on Facebook!

This week we showcased Summer Must-Have Trends and we featured many of our new arrivals such as Navy Day Jumpsuit and Peach Tea Romper.

Jumpsuits are THE NEW ITEM to add to your closet, and rompers remain more popular than ever! We love the classic lines of these two, and both are made with plenty of stretch for comfort!

We also discussed prints and colors. Tropical prints are everywhere and we are seeing all shades of yellow on everything from tops to bottoms. Today we featured the new Tropical Wonder Kimono and You Are My Sunshine Dress.

Both just scream summer! The kimono is one that I will put in my closet! At my age, I love kimonos because they cover all the areas that I want covered, but I can still feel in-style and trendy. Plus, they don’t make me hot, so I can wear them all summer long! And that yellow dress? Are there even words to describe it? It is even cuter in person!

Embroidery remains a favorite of ours and we love it on these adorable tops. All three have a roomy fit, and the embroidery looks rich and full! If you are looking for easy go-to’s that still have that special vibe, the Royal Floral Bow Top, Mauve Floral Bow Top, and Embroidered Details Top will not disappoint.

We featured a few other trends on our video  Tuesday Trends at Multitudes and if you share the video before noon tomorrow (05/16/18) you will be entered to win a large Capri Blu Volcano Candle!

You can also shop these and other items on our website mymultitudes.com. And, if you find that your size is missing, don’t worry…we have already re-ordered a few of them!

Thanks so much for watching and reading! We so adore ya’ll…our customers who we consider as friends!!

xo

Kelly

Time to Freshen Up!

Every January is the same for me. It starts when I put away all the Christmas decorations…suddenly I feel the need to purge, clean-out, and freshen up! Not only do I feel this way about my home, but also at Multitudes.

With the glorious fourth quarter buying frenzy (thank you customers) behind us, the store is low on inventory, slower with foot traffic, and leaves employees with less to do. So, we purge, we clean, and we freshen up!

If you’ve stepped foot in the door this month, you will notice it looks different. We have moved things around, mainly to clean behind racks and tables, and we have taken inventory and consolidated what is left, so things look a bit sparse. Now, we have heard talk that we aren’t selling clothes anymore, that we may become a home store, or that we may close, and I’m sure our fun little “surprise” announcement of Free Shipping Forever on our website played a role in this…as well as the bare bones look of our storefront; but, we aren’t going anywhere or changing who we are or what we do!

We currently have nine boxes of new arrivals coming…tops, jackets, and dresses that have shipped, and we have distressed jeans coming within the next few weeks. We are preparing new themes for our Box of Joy gift boxes, and are in the process of placing orders for fun bath products, candles, coffee mugs, and other cute sparkly things. And, we just ordered more Sugarfina candy! Here are a few fun items you should see in the store this week:

Yes, FINALLY…fuzzy sherpa pullovers will arrive!!

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Our all-time favorite – embroidered tops!!

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We are always up for the newest trends and we are loving this hot mustard color!!

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So hang in there with us, and please understand that it’s a phase! My need to purge, clean, and freshen is slowly passing…and in no time, we will once again be a full-to-the-brim storefront and website offering you fun fashion your closet will love (and a few fun gift items along the way)!

XO,

Kelly

 

Small Town Girl

I have to admit, I LOVE being considered a “small town girl.” Something about it feels so American; and I attribute much of that feeling to this time of year since our small town knows how to celebrate this Country’s Independence in style!

Many of our homes are decked out in our own red, white, and blue decorations, but as you drive around town you see hundreds of homes with a single American Flag standing proudly in the front easement of their yards. The Rotary Club is responsible for this, and every year I see them, or open my own front door, I am reminded to be grateful for all those who fought so I can live in this Great Land.

In addition to the flags, we have a festival on this day each year called the Crepe Myrtle Festival, and crown a Crepe Myrtle Queen. We host a huge fireworks show and there is always a fun, amazing band playing just before the show begins. And, at precisely 10:00 AM on the fourth, we have an old-timey parade that starts on College Street and slowly moves it’s way down Main Street.

Well, somehow this year, we ended up closing the store and opening our home to friends and family to watch the parade. Molly (my daughter) and I decided to make a bunch of patriotic brunch-y foods, then we served mimosas, pulled out the lawn chairs, and flat-out had ourselves a Parade-Watching Party! It was such a hit, that a new tradition at Multitudes on Main was born!

It was such a blast seeing everyone decked out in fun outfits like the ones below from http://www.mymultitudes.com. It was so fun eating and drinking, and laughing with people we love. It was amazing seeing the parade with its’ funny cars, handmade floats, firetruck sirens, candy-throwing people, horse-trotting sheriffs, and high school band make it’s way just outside my own front door. But mostly, it was amazing celebrating our freedom in this special small town that I call home!_DSC3719

The Starting Point

This is it! This is the Hale House…or soon to be Hale House. This is where our Life on Main begins. This is not where our life together began, but this is where it will end, because…in a manner of speaking…I NEVER, EVER, and I mean NEVER, plan to move again!

I met Tom at a mutual friend’s 40th birthday party 8 years ago (another story for another day) and married a year and a half later. Our kids, 3 boys and a girl, were 5, 7, 8, & 10. At the time, Tom lived on a little bit of paradise in Waxahachie, TX. It was a 5 acre lot in a very small water-ski community. He got the house in his divorce, my kids fell in love with their new-found lake-life, and our story began.

Now some would ask if it was weird to live in the house that he had built with his former wife? And, yes, it was…kind of. But, that had nothing to do with her. She is wonderful. We get along great! What was hard for me is that it just never felt like “my” home and he couldn’t quite get himself to the place where he felt like it was “our” home together. We pushed through all of this with really very few issues…I mean, ya do what ya do for your kids, right? And all four of our kids loved life on that lake!

With all that said, one glorious day, Tommy walked into the store and said to me, “You will never guess where I just came from.” He then told me that he had met with a well-known, local restorationist, and he felt like it was time to leave the lake and redo a historic home to call our own. I was elated, and doubtful. Not because I didn’t love the idea of redoing a wonderful old home, but because I really didn’t think we would ever go through with it.

Needless to say, almost 2 years from that date, we moved into our very own renovated historic home right here on Main Street! This blog will chronicle the journey, and give you a little glimpse of life in and around our amazing still-feels-small-even-though-its-growing hometown! #weloveourtown #smalltownUSA