It seemed as if the Southern summer swept in like a wildfire last Friday afternoon.
I hurried to meet Cody Bell to pick up our coffee cart (Market Town Coffee Company) and peddle her a few blocks over to the train shed.
Cody peddled while I power walked beside him, chatting about our days, carrying a little bit of anxious excitement in our bellies about the coming weekend.(Obviously my honey wasn’t up for “stoplight selfies.”)
We made our way along the few blocks of Downtown Montgomery and peddled through booth after booth of southern makers setting up their product with the same anticipation we carried!
Our set-up was easy in comparison to others who had full fledged booths and “oodles” of goodies to sell.
So we decided to explore a bit before the weekend rush.
We passed all the vendors nodding, waving, and smiling the way good Southerners do with strangers.
The ole’ nod and wave as you pass deal.
but on this day…
I found myself smiling and drooling over so many booths and falling in love with all the people that were working, presenting, and even LAUNCHING their businesses.
Y’all, Alabama Sweet Tea Company was amazingggggg! Bringing all our grandmamas’ and Milo’s tea to shame.
It was a hit.
Even their yankee tea was delicious!
They left all their customers with smiles and the most beautiful mason jar I ever did see!
I bumped in to Stately Made and O. M. Word…. this girl is SO gifted!
Her stuff was beautiful AND for perks, she is a big time Parks and Rec fan, so obviously, instant friends.
Her stuff is all about embracing the southern states and the blessings they have to offer.
Look at the smile.
I couldn’t stop staring at that one.^
It’s mine now, and I’m currently contemplating if I’m actually willing to send it to anyone ’cause I can’t stop loving it so much.
We set up our cart next to the entrance of the event, right by Tish’s Cupcakes.
Coffee Cupcake Combo… yes please.
Our Cold Brew Coffee was a hit with the summer heat that graciously blessed us with its presence, suddenly and abruptly this weekend.
We met so many people, old and young, who came out for this event.
At noon, when the gates opened, this place was clamoring with smiling people and live music.
I couldn’t get over the turn out.
We were standing for hours, talking and laughing with folks, enjoying every minute of our opportunity to be a part of this incredible event.
I found myself noticing the power that smiles gave to the vendors and the customers.
It was amazing to witness people stopping at each booth and to actually see both the seller and the customer light up when they spoke to one another.
The vendors felt empowered by the people who took time to notice the work they had put into their products, whether it was soap, baskets, beer, or greeting cards.
There was abundant relief and peace knowing that every person with a booth around me knew exactly how much work goes into building your own business.
The effort. The hours. Sleepless nights. Long weekends.
But at the same time, I think everyone who moseyed through this incredibly artistic wonderland really valued each person working their tail off to showcase what they worked on so tirelessly.
It’s fascinating to see what happens when we just smile at one another.
I noticed customers that would see our little coffee bike, stop, and look to Cody and I for a smile.
It was as if a smile was their invitation to come closer and try what we had to offer.
We smiled at everyone and they smiled back.
Smiling brought security to the heart and acceptance to the soul.
In all actuality, it was what made the weekend.
I can’t help but notice the kindness of God through the smiles of His children.
On that day, and every day we’re in business, every smile was an affirmation of a job well done.
I often wonder if we as a people are willing to listen to the voice that defines us saying “I am well pleased with you”.
Are we willing to share that defining voice with a smile?
Inviting others to be defined by that sweet still sound in our spirit?
Let’s smile today. 🙂