For those of you who don't know my story, I came to Madison from Chicago with my husband, John, so he could pursue an MFA in theater technology at UW-Madison. From the start, we knew that our time in Madison was likely to be short, and that at the conclusion of John's three-year program we would probably be moving again. Despite the fact that I knew that our time in Madison would be temporary, I was not at all prepared for how quickly I would come to feel at home here.
I've been embraced by this city as a human being, as a small business owner, a dog-mom, and a friend. I've come to believe that the only thing that makes Madison winter worth it is the glory that is Madison summer, and that there are few things that can beat a walk down John Nolen Drive followed by a drink at the Merchant. I've come to know the joy and anxiety that comes with caring about college sports (go Badgers!) and grown a business in a community of caring, kind and seriously cool professionals. I've discovered my favorite cocktails at a number of local bars, bought pretty much anything but produce at the farmer's market (I have no shame) and finally learned how to pronounce the word charcuterie.
But far and above any of the (many) things I have loved about living in Madison, the best thing about living in this town is the people. I have made life-long friends in this town, worked alongside dedicated and supportive professionals, and worked for some of the loveliest, most kind and most fun people I think I'll ever meet in this life. More than anything else, I will miss these people --- they represent everything that I love about this wonderful city.
While I am incredibly sad to leave, I am very excited about the future. John and I relocating to the Hudson Valley area of New York --- just north of New York City. John has an exciting job in technical theater, and Canvas Weddings will hopefully find a new home nestled in the mountains of the Hudson River Valley. Many new adventures are ahead for John, Rhino and I, and I'll do my best to keep this blog current as we journey east this fall. Stay tuned!
So, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for the love, support and the friendship you've shown to me and to this business over these past few years. Madison will always have a piece of my heart.
All my love,
(P.S. I'm not out of here until the end of September, so I am free, free, free for lime-y cocktails at any of my favorite spots! Hit me up :)