Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My First Brick and Mortar Shop Soft Opening, A Peek Around Our Little Space


I thought I'd pop in to share a few quick peeks around our shop and the funny before/after photos. It's a small space in the growing "bar" district on King St. Walking distance from my apartment, I already feel quite spoiled and cozy here. Our "soft" opening weekend did well and we're excited to work hard and grow here! The orders are rolling on! But first, photos.

Before:


The space was originally a very yellow off-white that didn't work for us.


Oh no? We only had one roller? Guess I just have to watch you paint. Can't help. Weak writer's arms. Just kidding, I set the phone down and swiftly started helping.

After:

It's hard to tell in these photos but the result is so clean and bright! We did a glossy white that brightens and visually expands the space.


I was able to fill the whole store using basically everything I already had (and family donations) and only bought three shelves and a lamp for the space new. We want to invest in our ingredients instead, but we'll re-decorate and grow with time. We want it to be a very cozy space where people can relax and browse.


The space has two rooms, the one above is my general retail space. The second room isn't quite ready to show yet. Right now it's basically three shelves and two tables at the moment, minimally arranged, all products awaiting labels but it's going to have a pre-packed tea and bulk buy herb buying area. It's also the space where I'll host classes and allow anyone from the community who has creative classes to teach to bring their supplies in.


Of course there will be more before and after shots as we fully settle in but we're pleased with our progress so far. If you're local come on in, I'm here at 2726 College St.

Having my "work" completely separate from my home in this shop has already improved my sleep. I have to lock it up and leave it behind here and don't go on until 3AM. We're excited to keep expanding and growing here.
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12 comments:

  1. Oh wow!! Congratulations! Your shop looks very welcoming :) How cool that it is in walking distance of your home! Owning a brick-and-mortar has been a dream of mine, however, the price of the leases here is through the roof.

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    1. One of the big reasons I stopped selling vintage was that I needed a huge space and the rent was astronomical here, too. I'm sure even more where you are where space is a premium. Our spot is a little hard to reach/see even though its in a busy area which keeps the rent super cheap :)

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  2. Living the dream, im so happy for you Van! Its looking pretty nice <3 we want to know how going and tips by a shop owner :)
    All the best luck*

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    1. Thank you so much Marta, I shall share all zee tips!

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  3. Your shop is beautiful! So happy for you....you snuck in a photo of your man's butt here, you realize that :)

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    1. Haha, I tried to pick the less exploitative of the two shots I took of him :) Thanks for the kind words!

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  4. The space looks great Vanessa! It must have been so fun to set up your own brick and mortar space! Something many only dream of doing.

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    1. Thank you! We're super excited to keep decorating learning and growing here :D And possibly to a bigger location when that's possible.

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  5. Hey, congratulations! How exciting to have your own store! I can't wait to see it evolve.

    Tania

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  6. A big congrats! What a beautiful space, Vanessa. I am truly so happy for you. You're an inspiration, girl! :)

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