As many of you already know, Umeboshi has closed it's doors. This was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make and one that I've been reflecting on for some time.
Umeboshi became home over the past 13 years. As you can imagine, this has been an incredibly emotional time. I will deeply miss our little corner, the neighbourhood and this community.
Thank you so much to all our customers for all your support. To all of you who came by to say goodbye, thank you for your kind words and best wishes. It was incredibly heartwarming. It meant a great deal to hear your appreciation for Umeboshi, both as a neighbourhood boutique and for our presence amongst the Vancouver retail landscape. Over the years, I came to know many of you well. It was such a joy to connect. I really enjoyed our conversations and all that we shared. I have met so many inspiring people and made some amazing friends through Umeboshi that I am truly grateful for.
A big heartfelt thank you to everyone who has been a part of the Umeboshi team. I have had the opportunity to work alongside some truly incredible and admirable women. Thank you to all the vendors and designers we have worked with. It's been a pleasure to partner with so many talented, creative and like-minded individuals.
To my friends and family who have supported me since the beginning. I'm so grateful for all the help you've given, your encouragement and for believing in me. Thank you!
To my son, Rowan, thank you for making me a mother and for being my greatest teacher. You have taught me so much in just 3 years. You have given me strength, courage and opened my eyes to a world to discover. I now know what is worth fighting for and you've given me a fierce desire to create a life full of beauty. You have filled my heart with more love than I could have ever imagined. To my husband, Hugh, you have been by my side always, since day one. You have given an endless amount of yourself to support me in this venture. I am forever grateful for everything you have done. I'm lucky to have you and I can't thank you enough. I love you!
All the best,