Sunday, February 25, 2007

It's coming along

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted and the store is really coming along! I hope you will all come visit. It's going to be unlike any other needlepoint store that I've seen. It will be me. It will be bright and sunny and filled with lots of color!

Thread display racks are being built and the canvas display boards will be here this week. Tables and chairs arrive the next week and then the sales counter. That's the last thing to come, but as soon as it's here and the electricians are finished we can open.

I will post pictures as soon as there is something to take a picture of, but for now all I will say is think slightly funky, slightly soho, slightly Paris. Sounds cool to me. :-) Thanks for your support, and again I look forward to meeting you all.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

A Real Brick and Mortar Store

Okay, it's time for one of those sweeping life changing decisions. If you are reading this blog you probably already know I design needlepoint, which is sold in shops all over the country, and you probably also know I have an on-line store called Bedecked and Beadazzled.

Well, the time has come to take things to the next level. I am opening a real brick and mortar store! The opportunity presented itself a few months ago and its been a whirlwind ever since. This is something I always thought I would do later in life but everything fell into place sooner rather than later.

Almost everything. I wanted a space that was big enough to have classes. Had good parking, good lighting, was quaint. You know, we all have the same needlepoint store fantasy. I have spent the last several months looking for a retail space. It has taught me more than I ever wanted to know about commercial real estate. If you have a needlework store near you that is cute and roomy be thankful. Its really hard to find a space. Some centers won't take you because you are needlepoint and they don't understand thats a good thing. Other centers require you to be open 7 days a week 12 hours a day. Okay, it might be nice when we run out of a thread to run by the store at 9:30 while hubby is home with the kids but is that really practical? Oh and then there was the store where I needed to remove urinals. Not part of my ideal description of a needlepoint store.

I have finally found what I hope will be the perfect space for us. It is in Cockeysville Maryland in a little strip of stores. There are several antique stores nearby, a cute gift store and a diner. We have good parking in front and in back. Great lighting. I guess we'll take it. The contractors are there this week putting up a wall so that you don' t have to look at all the stuff that will live in our stock room. Then John, the carpet guy will install the carpet. Then I can hopefully move in.

We'll be open by late March, early April and do hope you will stop by. I'll post pictures and details here as more materialize. I can tell you the canvases have started to arrive. It's going to be a great adventure!
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