If you follow me on Instagram
you’ve probably noticed I’m working on my home office. I’m pleased with the progress but am in need of one more signature piece. I found the perfect item on the El Dorado General Store Facebook page
– a metal old English D – and decided to pick it up after work.
I don’t post about all my city activities and didn’t plan on blogging about this trip either. Instead I had another mission in mind. First and foremost the D. Second, talk to the shop owner. I wouldn’t say I am a shy person but I can be intimidated and self-conscious. I’m never afraid to speak with people because I’m mission driven; however, once the mission is accomplished I leave. I’m not great at savoring the moment and relaxing. While I could use this as a weakness if I ever get a job interview, I’d much rather fix the problem. Lucky for me, Detroit is full of friendly people. I find this to be especially true with local entrepreneurs. They’re people fulfilling their dreams and are therefore pretty welcoming. I was banking on that when I went to talk to shop owner, Erin.
It was easy enough to start conversation by asking for the item I was looking for. Unfortunately, she sold out. This wasn’t especially surprising because El Dorado is a vintage shop full of unique finds. However, since the item was so popular, Erin is working with a local artist to create some new designs (and hopefully some more Ds).
With my first objective met, I moved on to the second. This was a challenge. I’m not good with small talk. I ramble or interview. As a woman of extremes there is no middle ground. I did my best to discover balance and felt that I made progress overall. It helped that Erin was friendly and easy to talk with. So yes, a personal victory I couldn’t help but share if only to remind myself to do this more often.
While I refrained from issuing an interview request this time, it is still on my to-do list. In the meantime, El Dorado is a picture perfect store and worth the trip if only to see the chandelier! With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s also a great place to find a special holiday gift.