Exactly five years ago, we opened Fascino along Gomez St., Ozamiz City. Time just flies soooo fast as I always say and here we are, still standing proud of keeping the biz at pace. From a cramped little corner at Centrum Department Store which we opened last June 5, 2009,
to a cute pink shop in our former little house, Fascino had gone through the tests of times. (For the complete history, see Here Comes the Fascino Store of My Fascino.)
Truly, running a business is not an easy task much more to a non-business person like me. I never had any business training and I didn’t have appropriate knowledge in putting up one. What I just had was a dream – a dream of giving my family better living. So despite the downside of the business, I fought for it and we also triumphed the trials by God’s blessings!
With that, we had a thanksgiving last November 6, 2010 wherein we also had a relaunching of the brand and a shooting for Fascino’s first TV ad as well.
And so the store became known not just in Ozamiz but also the whole province of Misamis Occidental. However, we were still striving in marketing our products and in making sales. Well, it’s reality that apparel and fragrances are not needs but luxuries especially to people in our city who are only earning just enough to meet daily commodities. Sales were not really good so we added party needs and balloons to our merchandise on August 25, 2012!
Luckily, the idea of including party needs and balloons saved Fascino from going into its downfall. I couldn’t say that it’s totally a downfall because we were not bankrupt. It’s just that, we were only break-even with the fragrances and apparel. And fortunately with the party supplies, we began profiting! People came to recognize and we also entered balloon arrangement.
From a bare, clean, pink store in its opening in 2009 to a lush, embellished, blue store in its happy days in 2010 to a messy, dusty, rubber-smelling bigger store in its bountiful days at present, Fascino may have different looks but still instills its goal by heart. And this is to be a channel of blessings to others.
So apart from my family who are always there to support me since day one, thank you so much to all my storekeepers – Hayde, Len2x, Glaiza, Tata, Mary (who served for only a week), Mispha (who served for two months whom I kicked out for not remitting all the balloon sales), and Cecile who just came in today. A big “thank you” to the in-betweeners who had filled up the store in my absence – Christ, Annalyn, Deo, and Alvite. To my forever suki Ann2x and my frequent visitor Hannah. To my MUHS gang – Yieldeza, Irish, Cheryl, Ate Aida, Rhea, Rene, and Charelle. And of course, to my MUHS kids who are so kulit every time they pay a visit to the store. Last but not least, special thanks to that special someone who had made this store a once happy place. 🙂 It’s not that this place is not happy now. It’s just that, here is an empty seat, an empty store, and an empty me. Though I had planned for a renovation last year, I couldn’t move yet because I don’t have that fuel to do so like before. You know where to find me…..
And above all else, thank you so much to Papa Jesus for the realization of my dream and for all the bountiful blessings that you had showered upon us! Thank you for the creative mind and creative hands you had bestowed upon us and these we use for your glory!