We are moving! Goodbye, Mystic Porte. Hello, Shops of Grayton!
If you drive south on 283, then take a right on Logan Lane, you'll be directly between Mystic Porte and Shops of Grayton. And that's where we were in March 2012, on a quest to find a commercial property to open Andy's art gallery. All eight units at Shops of Grayton were occupied by other businesses, but we noticed a "For Lease" sign at Mystic Porte. We called the leasing agent and, long story short, we were moving into that space about a week later.
The empty space was intimidating but also thrilling, and our dreams of owning a gallery were finally coming true. A year later, we celebrated the gallery's first anniversary. We stayed busy and time passed quickly. We finally got around to painting the place in October 2013. The gallery was looking better, but it still wasn't quite what we envisioned.
Last month, we found out that a unit in Shops of Grayton would soon be available. This was what we wanted all along, but it hadn't been an option until now. We jumped at the opportunity.
Our Mystic Porte location closed yesterday. Throughout January and February, all of Andy's current work will be on display at the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Alabama. During this time, he will work from home, creating new pieces to fill his new space. His gallery will reopen in Shops of Grayton on March 1st.
It's a little sad to say goodbye to our first gallery. We've spent almost three years there, watching both our children and Andy's work grow and change. But at the same time, we are excited about the next chapter and look forward to being part of Shops of Grayton!