Richmond had the loveliest snow fall yesterday. Around noon, seven-year old Maddie, from across the street, pushed the heavy front door open and asked if she could shovel for me. I like kids, especially ambitious kids, and I handed her the show shovel. This is nice, I thought, I won’t have to shovel the sidewalk today and Maddie will make some spending money. I called to her, “Come in to warm up if you get cold.” I waved at Maddie’s mother who was watching her from the apartment window. The shop was open and I was busy. Hours passed. She must have gone home, I thought, and I went out to find the shovel. She was still outside! Rosy-cheeked, hat-gone and nose-running Maddie was still outside working and she had moved all the snow from the three parking spots in front of the building…to the sidewalk!
Fox and Finch Antiques is my 16-year-old shop housed in a 1890 bank building in Richmond, Illinois. I live above the shop in a space with 11 foot ceilings, big windows and a 17 stair daily commute. Richmond is a pretty little town 16 miles south of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. There are charming historic houses, a wooden bridge and the wonderful Prairie Trail runs just past my back door. View all posts by Ginene Nagel