Oh, I should mention that I interviewed a potential new part-time employee during that time too. Just another one of the many hats I wear as a sole proprietor. By noon I was pleased with the display and was officially ready for business.
It didn't take long for me to get back into my concierge-annex role (a self-appointed title). An hour after the mall opened, I had already given directions to 3 shoppers. For some reason people always stop by my kiosk to ask questions. This was also a common occurrence while I was there back in the Summer. Anyway, thank goodness I had my trusty mall directory handy. In the 2 months since I've been gone, I've forgotten where many of the stores are myself. I'm sure it won't take long to get back up to speed though. The shoppers will see to that.
Later that day... my first sale of the day was an Eye Glam © eyeglass case that I crafted from African Print fabric covered with beautiful masks. It sparked a conversation between the purchaser and myself about our respective trips to Africa. It was a pleasure talking with her, and it reminded me that sometimes a perfect stranger can make your day. It's good to be back. :-)