Mark, years ago I would do the exact same thing your doing, go in and catch up on stuff. If the truth were known, it was because I could not think of anything else to do with myself. I would figure, since I'm here, what the heck, I may as well open up.
I can not ever recall making any kind of a sale on Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other major holiday that I was foolish enough not to observe.
After doing this for a few years, it dawned on me, it makes me look desperate to anyone driving or walking by. I don't think I was desperate for money at the time, perhaps I was, can't recall.
That was not the real reason I was there, it was because I didn't know what to do with myself on a completely free day off. I had done all my domestic stuff on my real day off, what the heck could I do with myself on Thanksgiving day?
Everything else was closed, couldn't go shopping, didn't want to take my boat out, what the heck, I'll go into work, catch up on things.
Do yourself a BIG favor, close up your freaking shop, go buy a good book or rent a movie. Get yourself some tasty snacks, and take a day off. This will help create the illusion, with the public, that business is indeed good, and you are NOT hanging on for dear life.
If books and movies don't cut it for you, do something else, ANYTHING except "catch up on a few things" at work.
All this sound advise I am giving you comes from over forty years experience in this industry. Don't make yourself look like a lonely, desperate for money, idiot.
Right now I am working on 11 projects of various sizes. They have filled the back room and are working there way around the gallery.
The biggest one is 40+ horse-show ribbons in one shadowbox.
Can you LARRRRRGE Shadowbox. I am trying to come up with a design. The ribbons are mostly third and fourth. I wanted her to limit it to First second and third, but noooooo.
I have had 4 groups of people in today. One was picking up an order. He is single and is family lives far away, so it gave him something to do. A couple from Ohio was traveling for the holiday and saw the sign and came in. They spent over $400.00 and took my card to think about some things. Another couple came in just to see why I was open. They felt sorry for me and helped me hang the piece I was struggling with when they came in the door. I was just thinking I was going to end up with it on top of me.
It has been a fun day! I have enjoyed the people and the money never hurts!
Oh, In response to Mr. Bakers comments about looking like "a lonely, desperate for money, idiot" I am a one person operation and it takes all the hours I can give it to keep up. That is not a complaint, I LOVE what I do. The people that come in here see that I am busy. There is always something going on and it is always different. So if I look like that idiot to you, than so be it! If that is what I am, I am one HAPPY IDIOT!!!
Mark work to live. You know the rest of it. Just be careful that you don't let life slip away on you.
Having said that, I have done a great deal of traveling when I was a construction electrician. Of all the places I have lived for a short time Lexington is the only place that I would ever choose outside Owensboro. That is simply the most beautiful city I have ever seen. The people were nice.
Usually on the road we stay in the cheapest hotels and apartments we can because the goal is to bring money HOME. We stayed in a hotel right off the circle that has like 2 restaurants, 3 bars, and indoor swimming pool for $300 a week while we were working at the Georgetown Toyota.