Broad Avenue Happiness
Monday, November 22, 2010
We came, we saw, we sold happiness.
Saturday was a blur but a happy blur of Memphians checking out an up and coming stretch of Midtown for a very unique event.
We set up our booth and quickly went about distributing cake pops and treasure maps and the keys to happiness (chocolate, naturally) and giant snowflakes. Customers received scalp massages, learned the fight dance sequence from Beat It and my personal favorite - received their own theme music as they strolled around Broad Avenue. I took advantage of the offer and strutted up and down to Stayin Alive and Sexy Back. I really don't think people knew what to make of a mime playing an inflatable guitar next to a cocky pregnant girl working it down the street, but it may have been the happiest I've been in weeks.
I put Harlow to work with a tray of cupcakes and killer sales pitch (i.e. I'm adorable, buy a cupcake), and when she wasn't cleaning up, she manned the puppet kissing booth and played dress up in our princess dressup bucket. Kerry Crawford DJ'ed happiness until the sunset and brought us to a perfect close.
Thank you to all the artists who contributed items and to all who shared creative genius. A huge thank you to my husband for pushing me to make this a reality rather than stash it away in my overflowing shoulda-coulda file. And another thank you to Harlow for not getting the stomach bug until AFTER we closed down the shop.
*edited to say that in my post-shop/stomach bug delirium, I didn't mention the most important part of Saturday. We raised just enough money to cover one child's surgery via Smile Train, so a huge thank you to all who have helped to restore a smile!