On a spring evening at a tiny trattoria high in the Dolomites, a curios waiter kept questioning while pointing back and forth....”Your Mamma??”
“Si my Mama” His smile continued to get bigger.
“Si your Mamma!!” “Si my Mamma….Si Lucia”
As he walked away, I found myself giggling. “Si Lucia” How appropriate! “Yes Mom!!” I looked across the table and saw the first light in my mother’s eyes since my father’s death four months prior.
I grew up with Ozzie and Harriet and without Ozzie, Harriet now needed something. That something presented itself earlier that day in the form of several decorative ceramic factories we stumbled upon. After introductions, and once again, “Your Mama??”, we were given tours, tutorials on processes, price lists and the most sincere and genuine wishes to build partnerships.
“You want to do it, don’t you? Before you answer, please really think about this Mom. You are a retired nurse and I’m a burnt out wedding photographer. What do we know about retail?”
“We’ll figure it out! We both need this. Yes, I want to do it!!"
With a deep breath I mumbled the two words which would very soon change our lives dramatically: “Si Lucia.”
In April of 2020, Si Lucia celebrated its 27th Anniversary. From retail to wholesale and from everything Italian to exclusively the finest papier mache masks in the world…what a ride it has been!! Until the age of 91, Lucia continued to work trade shows and traveled to Italy as an integral part of the company. On September 12, 2019 at the wonderful age of 97 and a half Lucia arrived in heaven to join all the angels.
Other than a few bruises from those annoying “bumps in the road,” I am still…with the help of great friends…going strong.
As the sister company of Solo Perché / Just B-Cause, we at Si Lucia congratulate all involved in the launch of this new company and commit to you our total and complete support.