2008 is almost over, and I’m reminiscing about fred’s year. To say it was eventful is an understatement. In fact, I don’t know what word to use to describe our tenth year in business: extraordinary, amazing, crazy, different, special, hectic. I think I would go with ‘challenge’ which it definitely was. I know Keith and Chris are going to unveil the Top 50 of 2008 soon; but I want to note three things that stand out in fred’s life this year. You, dear customers, are responsible for all of them.
Third Place: In an austere economy, you helped us meet our financial goals. With many retail establishments struggling, we so appreciate your support.
Second Place: In October we opened “Store Cute,” our first brick-and-mortar store, in Brooklyn; and you have made it a success too. You came to the grand opening in droves, but you also came to shop there in the days after. We love meeting you face-to-face.
First Place: On December 11, Keith blogged about the flooding of the Cedar Rapid Public Library (CRPL) this past summer. He challenged customers to purchase books from the CRPL’s Amazon wish list. And he promised to sponsor a special charity event if fifty people bought a book for the library. As of Christmas Eve morning, one hundred twenty people had bought books for the library; and Keith had held his special event. It garnered a $5000 contribution to the library’s building fund and eternal appreciation from the residents of Cedar Rapids. You made it happen.
We have the best customers in the world; so as 2008 ends I say thank you, thank you, thank you. And a Happy New Year to each and every one. See you in 2009.