One thing I have learned over my 44 years is that I truly appreciate a good breeze and there is something about the wind in my hair that just makes me happy. I should have known how much I would enjoy a silly convertible since you could throw me on any “open top” mode of transportation (four-wheeler, scooter, horse, boat...) and I tend to be a happy camper.
So if you follow along with me on instagram or Facebook, you have most certainly come across my most loved purchased that just makes me smile. A convertible!!! I had a second daily driver car that I didn’t trade in stupidly at the time and had been needing to sell or do something to get rid of. Finally something donned on me to trade that sucker in that was sitting in my driveway and get myself a lil’ convertible that I would drive! And so I did.
Side note: I would never encourage you to buy a brand new luxury car. Because after purchasing slightly used Mercedes convertible with 70,000 miles, for a 1/4 of original price I’ve learned to let someone else take that massive hit! I still scored by someone whom babied it in their garage and kept it meticulous.
I have had such an absolute ball with this beauty, and I’m telling you now, if you have ever wanted to get a convertible, or that is on your vision board, make it happen. (Make sure has proper roll bar safety with your purchase). From grabbing a high school friend and hitting the open road to taking my 88 year old mom on crazy adventures to conning my closest friends to give it a try when it’s 45 degrees out because I promised they wouldn’t be cold. I’ve done and as long as the weather holds up I’ll keep my top down and making myself enjoy the breeze daily.
September and October typically are busy months for us down in NOTO and at Serendipity. Addison has been back, currently living in Lawrence and has since started a phenomenal job, but had been helping me and my assistant Anne until her new job started. Handling the events, getting things lined up and honestly took over those events and worries off my plate!
I mentioned something to Addison at one point as I was coming thru an event on her work ethic or something. She quickly reminded me she had not “worked” for me since she was a kid basically. True. Wow, I should have been trying to snatch her up and keep her permanently, although I know my little village isn’t her life’s calling either, maybe one day it will be? :). I have created the most incredible ride or die squad in NOTO over the years that has honestly been one of my most rewarding parts of this adventure. I get so many things done, and can juggle so many things because I have a great squad that loves me and my businesses, and has figured out how to deal with my ass.
Sometime I need to do a full rundown of my 8 years of craziness and colorful people that have influenced my world, but my current team of Anne and Duffy, Addison and my rock Nick, all things can get handled and covered. My sister Patti is always a phone call away for a store run for the bar or helping to sling beers at some events. Chris Page, my other business partner in Serendipity, who is one of my dearest friend that I love as a sister, that both my mother and sister would also claim, is always down anytime she is asked for anytime in NOTO or the Dip. Her and Wayne will gather the tools and head over to make it happen. Her energy puts mine to shame so I know she is ALWAYS down for a new challenge and adventure. Thus how Serendipity started and came to life! AND, I’m beyond thrilled to have Chris Page Designs doing a pop up shop above Pinkadilly opening November First Friday. All of Chris’ passions, talents and gifts culminated into one. I can not ever rave enough about this woman’s talent.
One does not realize the amount of things one would like to get done before inviting people inside the home. So I have a brilliant idea to finally invite my circle to my house for my first actually “party”. The timing worked out, I could get my best girlfriend Shannon Bannerman here in town from Cincinnati, Ohio to help me celebrate, it fell over a First Friday weekend, and I wasn’t gone on an adventure! So my bright idea of inviting people over, some whom have never been to my most recent home not only created a weekend full of laughter, stomach aches from food and laughter, but a couple weeks prior to the party me realizing holy hell there is a lot I should get done!!
I’m not even going to go into my crazy obsession that I am not sure if I would say embarrassingly ...but I don’t typically enjoy the conversations that follow me admitting to others that I have a fascination with cryptozoology and Sasquatch creatures. Love it! Again, most conversations that occur following my admitted fascination of the subject, do I enjoy because I know it makes most giggle. BUT, those that love me, know I love it. I always have. So I received the most adorable things for my birthday this year that just tickled me!
Cincinnati is obviously another city I spent a fair amount of time which is a fun city for me to observe/analyze because it is literally triple the size of Topeka. There is an area that very Serendipitously I have spent a fair amount of time called Over The Rhine. It’s location and proximity to an “at risk” area along side the energy behind the home grown shop owners working to grow and make a mark obviously reminds me of NOTO, and is a fun way to watch/learn how they do things in their district. You may see a stamp on money with “OTR” or NOTO$ on one side. It was an idea I stole from “Over The Rhine” years ago. Arts districts, independent retailers and arts in general make a significant impact on a local community’s economy and when you watch the spread of money that has been circulated around the world that all occurred because of the sale of art, is incredible.
Greater Topeka Partnership also had a study done at some point in the past 12 months and one of the areas this firm had Serendipitously chosen to study was OTR when looking for a comparable area to the NOTO Arts and Entertainment District. Often will catch me there at their major events catching their scene and learning from what they are doing! One of my favorite events that I have been able to attend twice now is Blink.
If you have not attended a Blink, or are not aware of what it is, or where one is located. Stop and click on this link now. It is incredible. Nuff said. https://blink2019.com
Thanks for following along! Here are a few more odds and ends over the past 45 days thought you might find fun. Make sure you have found me on instagram and have not only “LIKED” Serendipity, Pinkadilly and NOTO Burrito, but you have also “liked” my separate business page and have checked out my website www.jennytorrence.com. Things are starting to come together online with my new clothing staples that one can order anytime, from anywhere!! And of course, you can always email or Facebook and we can get you taken care of.