Sunday, October 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Cloud 9!

Cloud 9 turned three years old on October 15th.

As you might have guessed, there were clouds everywhere -- cloud-shaped cookies, clouds on the birthday cake, and we even had cloud-shaped crayons and cloud coloring books that we made as party favors for the kids!

Yes, we went all out.  But hey, you only turn three once, right?

I want to thank everyone who stopped by to be a part of our celebration.  Anytime anyone asks, I always say the very best part of my job in interacting with people.  I have met so many wonderful people through Cloud 9.  I have gotten to watch families grow and children grow up.  It is a magical time in any family's life, and I am so blessed to get to be a small part of it.

Cloud 9 was born on Bank street in 2010, though we were originally located in the 500 block, next to Tammy Eddy Antiques.  We have always loved it here on Bank Street -- the history, the stately old buildings, and the delightful and unique atmosphere it all creates.  We wouldn't want to be anyplace else!

Something that is very important to us is giving back.  Having a business gives us a platform, a larger voice than an individual.  And being a children's store, helping needy children for Christmas seemed like a natural fit.

This year, between our birthday (October 15th) and December 2nd, for every $100 spent at Cloud 9 (online and in-store), we will donate a new toy to the Neighborhood Christian Center which will benefit needy children in our community this Christmas season.

The Neighborhood Christian Center is located right here on Bank Street, too.  I chose to support the NCC because I believe they work hard to support the Decatur area, a community that has helped me grow Cloud 9 to where it is today.

I want to thank each and every one of our customers for a wonderful three years!  I am grateful each day for every single one of you.  One thing's for certain:  Without you, we wouldn't be here.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween: Then & Now

Autumn has surely been in the air these last several days.  Along with the cooler weather, October also brings one of my favorite holidays -- Halloween!

My memories of Halloween include a bunch of us kids piled into the back of a Suburban and riding from one house to the next. Mom or Dad would open the back gate and off we'd go.

Back then it was all about the candy. Now it's all about the kids.

Emma will be 17 months old on October 29th, so this will be her second Halloween, but her first year to dress up.  She will be a pumpkin this year. And the cutest one you've ever seen!  I'm so excited!  (I'm sure she is, too)

When I was little, my mom used to make our costumes. Uh yeah, I ordered Emma's costume from Pottery Barn.  Apparently I didn't get the Halloween-costume-making gene.  Emma will get to wear her costume to her school's Fall Festival, and we will be taking her to Bank Street Trick-or-Treat, as well as Trunk-or-Treat at church.

We invite everyone to stop by Cloud 9 on Saturday, October 26th, from 10-2.  We will have candy for the trick-or-treaters, and for the adults we'll have donuts and a cauldron of cider!

I'm looking forward to seeing Emma and all the kids with their cute costumes and smiling faces.

Whatever you have planned for Halloween most of all be safe. Here are a few Halloween safety tips to remember:
-Wear bright or reflective clothing, or use reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
-Avoid trick-or-treating alone.
-Be sure to carry a flashlight.
-Inspect your child's candy at the end of the evening for choking hazards or signs of tampering.

Happy Halloween from Emma, and me!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

It's all good with Pete the Cat!

Pete the Cat is just so groovy that he makes everything fun - whether its stepping in mud in our new shoes, strapping on our pack to head off to school, or even losing buttons on our most favorite shirt.  That's why we dedicated a story hour just for him!

We celebrated the release of "Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses" on Tuesday, October 1st.  We partied Pete-style with "cat food" (goldfish crackers) and juice.  All children received "magic sunglasses" to take home! 

Parent Coach Carol Ozier was our guest reader.  She came dressed in blue just like Pete!

Thanks to all who attended our very first story hour at Cloud 9!  
Please enjoy the pictures and videos!