My last Saturday at the “temporary” Gallery

about his By Julie Knight

buy clomid legally online It was a quarter to five, nearly closing time, on Saturday, May 10th.   My husband Dan, my dogs Oscar and Ella, and I were in the Gallery when a severe thunderstorm with high winds sent all of us sprinting to the back of the store for protection. I had locked the doors to the Gallery, because of the wind’s determination to open them. It was rough outside.   img_03631

Just as the whistle of the wind diminished, there was yet another convincing attempt to open the doors. We thought it was Mother Nature’s persistence until we heard a very clear voice.

“Oh, no! They’re closed!”

We jumped. A beautiful young couple, dripping wet from the rain, was standing on the other side of the doors.

 

Brie and Jeff had arrived during one of the angry flashes of Charlotte’s weather. We quickly welcomed them into the Gallery. I assumed they were looking for a dry spot to get out of the storm.

Their intention, however, was not to seek shelter, but instead to shop for a piano to fill a room emptied just for Brie’s “dream” piano. I invited Brie to play each and every instrument in the Gallery to determine whether one of the Steinways or Steinway designed pianos spoke to her. All the while, her husband, Jon, was doing the same thing. Brie sat down to play an Essex Baby Grand in the center of the Gallery. I got chills. Jonathon stopped his playing and came close to Brie and the Essex Baby Grand. We knew she had met the piano for her. It was a match. Brie played. Jon listened. While decisions needed to be made, Brie and Jon were drenched from rain, and dizzy from the potential choices, so they went home to talk it over.

PHONE_PICTURES_June_2014_625Two weeks passed, and Dan, Oscar, Ella and I were spending our last Saturday in the Gallery’s temporary location. The weather was stunning, as I’ve come to discover is often the case in Charlotte. We propped the doors open to welcome the beautiful breeze. While the day was busy, I had been distracted by thoughts about how exciting it was to be part of an incredible time in a business, as it plants its roots in a community. Steinway Piano Gallery-Charlotte was thriving, sprouting new growth, even before it opened in a gorgeous new space just down the street on Smith Corners Boulevard. As renovations were being completed, and my final day in the temporary space was winding down, we looked up to see Brie and Jon walking toward the Gallery.

My last Saturday before the move was about to end in an extraordinary way.

Jon and Brie came in to purchase the Essex Baby Grand they’d discovered on that rainy afternoon two weeks prior. It was a perfect moment for them, a perfect way to close our final Saturday in the “temporary” location, and a perfect beginning to the “new” Steinway Piano Gallery-Charlotte.cw558djpgyow4yozu1tteopzg1paw8flsed-0_preview

 

Thank you Brie and Jon. May your new piano continue to accompany you, as you sing the song of your lives together, and may you sing more beautifully with its presence!

 

 

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