First Fruit Collection will be changing ownership as of March 1, 2012.
I would like to introduce the new owner to you. Her name is Ashley
Toney. She will graduate with an Interior Design degree in the
Spring of 2012. Ashley has been employed at First Fruit Collection
almost 2 years, and during this time she has been working along
side of me. She has been the main buyer at every market since
her employment began. She has also encouraged me to make
changes to FFC such as remove carpeting, paint walls with
continuity, move bookcases and walls, focus on larger items,
and introduce our customers to higher end lines.
Ashley portrays wisdom well beyond her years. I have been
amazed at her “buying eye”, always purchasing items at market
that sell out first. This first started as a contest between us, but
it didn’t take me long to see that she has excellent taste and knows
what will sell. Her endurance at market has also amazed me,
sometimes shopping 12 hours straight, never whining (except
when I want to check out a showroom she thinks “looks cheap”).
She has assisted me in every facet of our store, including
sewing, displaying, ordering, christmas set-up, warehousing,
and everything else that can happen at FFC. I am confident
that she will continue to make FFC a favorite shop for all
of our loyal customers. I love FFC, it has been like my child
for 13 years, and will continue to work with Ashley in this
transition. I will remain employed as an employee and
designer and will continue to assist in buying at market trips.
This change for me is a happy one. I am now a grandmother
of a sweet 2 year old granddaughter, Maggie. My youngest
daughter, Ashley, will be married in May of 2012. My husband,
Vince will be starting a new business in the Spring of 2012.
I am the main caregiver of my mother, Nell, who is suffering
from Alzheimer’s. I have come to the point in my life that I
don’t actually have a life apart from FFC. I need to step
away from the responsibility and focus on caring for
those people God has placed in my life at this time.
I ask you all for your support of this change. I am
confident that you will love Ashley as much as I do.