Getting off of the East St exit, I turn onto Patrick St and immediately I'm taken with the beauty of Downtown Frederick, a sight I will never take for granted. The tree lined street sets off the rows of unique storefronts. Grabbing a coffee to go, I smile as I watch the regulars hanging outside of Cafe Nola discussing politics and the weather. I think about how fortunate I am to have these characters to say hello to every morning. The sense of familiarity that I start my day with weaves its way throughout my day and my life in Frederick.
I come into my shop, The Muse, early to take care of paperwork and am greeted by the amazing smells of handmade soaps and candles. A few minutes later, Gwen Ottinger, a local potter, pops in with some of her gorgeous new pottery. It's so hard to choose! I check out all of her offerings and select my favorites to fill the Muse's shelves.
10 o'clock comes and I flip over the door sign to "open," start the music and roll out my sidewalk sign- let's do this! As the day progresses, the store fills in and out with bustling people; the out-of-towners looking for Frederick made items to take home to family, Mike from his nearby office stopping by to grab a card for his wife, the bunch of chatty ladies out for lunch to celebrate a birthday, and Emma, the popular neighborhood dog looking for her daily dog treat. This is what I love. The familiar friendly faces that I can count on to inspire my day and sense of purpose.
I end my days in my own home studio. The quiet calm of the space and the satisfaction of a productive full day allows me to unwind. After a day filled with unique conversations, creative decision making and a setting surrounded by art and inspirations, I take this time to quietly stitch and reflect on how very good life is.
Whitney Dahlberg is the owner of The Muse in Downtown Frederick www.shopthemuse.com You can read more about her musings on life and inspirations in her own art at www.themeditativestitcher.blogspot.com