"If I love you, what business is it of yours?"
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I think you should only do business with friends: people you love, trust and admire. Those that you enjoy being around and make you laugh. I believe you will live longer and your business will reap the benefits of trusting, sound relationships.
A case in point, a very talented designer in our area created the painting above. I loved this painting for this room the minute I laid eyes on it. Nothing else would do, I had to have it for this project. We had been working with Roy and his store for about a year as we were getting our design business up and going. I found him friendly, creative, kind and easy to work with and he has been a tremendous help to each space we have created. In a short period of time, he felt like an old friend. I keep going back because I want to work with him, and maybe I just want to see and talk to him again. Roy trusting that we would use his painting in the best light possible was a big leap of faith for an interior designer/artist, but he did it, I can't thank him enough and it looks marvelous!
Thank you Roy for being a trusted friend this past year. We will keep in touch to see what all you create and will be desperately begging for another painting as beautiful as this one.
Congratulations on your new venture and we will miss your store and stopping in just to see what's new with you. Big Love Roy!