Wednesday, March 19, 2008

shop update

I'm waiting patiently for a phone call from the guy working down in the shop space. I'm supposed to get the keys today but who knows. If I get the keys today I'll officially have eight days to get the work done before my opening. Am I nuts? Everyone around me keeps telling me to push this off another month and take my time getting in there and getting everything done right. While I see where they're coming from, I don't want to wait anymore. What do you think?

What would you do if you were in my shoes?


After spending the entire morning on the phone, everything is now in order, or so it seems. Things are still on schedule and while my grand opening is pushed back a bit at my request, I will still have access to the space and more time to prepare for the opening of my doors. I think I'll have a soft opening before the grand opening just to get used to being down there, getting used to the security system, learning about the busy times and deciding on my hours of operation. This works out best for me despite the fact that it's a bit disappointing, but I think the time crunch would put me in a position where I'd find myself biting off more than I can chew and that's not good. I'm happy. I'm relieved. I'll start posting photos of the shop progress starting next week! YAY!


Good Girls Studio said...

yeah you have keys! I would be at the shop 24/7 until it was all put together exactly as I had dreamed it would be & probably would wind up so sick from lack sleep & genuine craziness that I would have to call in sick (to myself?) & end up postponing the opening! So....slow & steady baby! Good luck!

sewserious said...

Woohoo for you! How exciting, I bet you're geeked and a bit restless with all of your ideas and plans. Best of Luck with it all!

I have tried Ommegang and think it's delicious too! The Mister used to be in the wine and beer industry and I've been spoiled with everything I've had the chance to try. I've been to so many different tastings, and now I live where the Great American Beer Festival is... it's wonderful! But, because of it all, I now have expensive taste! lol

guileless said...

congrats! it sounds like it's going well actually, from reading your blog. though it probably is crazy at your end! i think a soft opening is a GREAT you time to get used to everything, and selling. and passersby get to walk past and wonder what's in there, then finally wander in when it opens.

and when there's a crowd at the Grand Opening, you'll want to know exactly where everything is, and exactly how everything works, and not fumble over the register or the packaging.

all the best in the new lil shoppe!

Kate said...

So many good ideas, ladies! Thank you so much! I've received so much support from everyone here and it means more to me than I can say...really!

Murray said...

Soft opening the way to go in my opinion. You'll be more relaxed, and feel more in control if you know what's where etc. I can't tell you how excited I am for you!! You're an inspiration, can't wait to see pictures! Good luck getting set up, and I agree with goodgirls studio, 24/7 is the way to go... you can sleep later!

letitiah said...

looking forward to the pictures! it'll be great to see that expensive, expensive sign in action :)

Banana-head Pancake said...

I totally agree with all that has been stated & your ideas.


I can't wait to see some photos!

Jaimee McClellan said...

I have butterflies in my stomach for you. Good luck and have fun - if that's possible in all that stress.

katelynjane said...

I hope you post pictures of your shop when you get in there! Very exciting!!