Remember, we are having an auction of our furniture, fixtures and kitchen equipment at Preserving Place on Tuesday, May 9 at 2pm. Come see us! Since today is our last day open for sales, Martha wanted to share this letter with you:
It is sad and not sad to close Preserving Place. We had 3+ great years of business, made many new friends, and accomplished what we set out to do. We proved that if you use the finest ingredients, local when in season, customers would understand the value and pay what truly delightful jams, pickles and condiments are worth. We won awards for our fine foods. Preserving Place fed my creative side and allowed me to express my love of hospitality, beauty, family, friends and the South. It’s a tough world out there, so we wanted Preserving Place to feel like a welcome, safe home for our staff and customers.
We appreciate that people like the idea of supporting local, small businesses, but we learned that it takes more than talk, you have to make the effort to seek out your favorite places on a regular basis and spend money there. Or they won’t be there. Eaters have learned to actively support farm to table restaurants, so now it is time to do the same thing for artisan makers and local businesses. This is how consumers in our capitalist system effect change. It is in your power to do it.
We are proud that we were social entrepreneurs and a female-owned business. America is one of the few places this could happen. This is a land of dreams, and we are glad we pursued ours. But now it is time to celebrate good memories and return to practicing law in a company’s Legal Department. I need to find the right position, but I know the right thing will come along. Law is my home, and it is time to return to it.
We had the most awesome employees, many of whom have been so sweet to come by and say farewell, and the most wonderful customers, who also have done the same. I will miss you all and hope to run into you at Atlanta farmers markets!