Since I got the keys to the new store Tuesday, the past few days have been action packed. My friends and I opened the store up for the first time that night:
I know, you hate that magenta wall in the back, and what the fudge is with that carpet? Don’t worry about that. But otherwise it’s HUGE! And the ceilings are so highhhhhhh. The former tenant left her racks/pipes for me, which was really nice, but they were double decker, and I don’t want my customers to have to ask for help to take a skirt down from the top shelf. Too much work. So we went to Home Depot to get pipes the size I wanted, along with shelves, paint, and supplies:
Then we went to Garin’s shop, Hewn Bros, to make a dressing room wall. That, along with the lighting, is probably the best thing about this new store.
Tuesday night was a big one and a late one, so Wednesday we took it easy a little. We painted a layer of primer over the magenta wall and started removing the current pipes. Then, last night we really got down to business. Garin lit the store up like a stadium, Keelan stripped a wall, and they measured, leveled and started drilling in the pipes.
Matt and Claire stopped by with dinner and lent a hand with the pipes:
Erika may have had the worst job of the night, pulling off the former tenant’s decal:
Joe showed up in a suit straight from his friend’s wedding. But that didn’t stop him:
Nate and Katy brought pizza and a sunny disposition:
Nate and Garin took some measurements for the shelves #goodfriends #CLOSEfriends
Nate and Keelan put in the shelves while Garin built the dressing room:
Katy and I painted a few layers of a nice, soft eggshell over the primer:
And this is where we are now. Please take note that we ripped out that awful carpet, and today I’m painting the linoleum gold.
We worked til 2am last night because my friends are really just the absolute best. And it shows. The walls are painted, all of the pipes are in, the dressing room is up (I just have to sew a curtain), the lights are the jam, and the store is looking like a store. I still need some essential furniture like a desk and chair, and I need a little bit more stock to fill the place, but we will be open soon - maybe even this Sunday. We’ll have a soft opening week while we nail out the kinks and the official opening will be Saturday the 12th. Come by from 3-5pm for a big opening sale, treats, and Goldwater wine (that’s a real thing, and it’s delicious.) And you may have guessed it, but my mom will also be there.
Save the Date for the Opening Party October 12th! 421 Graham Ave. off Withers. 3-5pm. Hope to see you then!