When we first saw our storefront on 11th avenue, we looked at this wide, open space and saw endless possibilities. We were incredibly hungry, excited, and ready to renovate. Which is really how any renovation feels before you actually start to, you know, renovate.
The good side of a blank space is that your imagination can run wild (or as wild as your budget will allow); you can imagine the store of your dreams, and make fun and exciting plans. The bad side, as anyone who’s ever gutted a kitchen or bathroom knows, you’re left with a giant blank space that needs a total overhaul. It can be overwhelming, and a little scary.
But, we seem to operate best on deadlines, tight budgets, and total fear, and luckily we’re four people who love a challenge, so any of the scarier elements of renovations have basically gone out the window and been replaced with ridiculous ideas and lots of blood, sweat, and love.
So far we’ve pulled down the drop ceiling to reveal the beautiful, albeit a little worse for wear, original tin ceiling, opening up the space and giving us a lot more to work with. We’ve repaired walls, painted the ceiling, and are now starting to build all the custom fixtures for the store. We're also almost done adding in feature barn board around the perimeter of the store's ceiling. And now, somewhere in all of the drywall dust and late nights, the store is starting to turn into something, and we can see the shape of our ridiculous ideas actually taking shape.
There’s a lot more work to be done, but we’re pretty pumped to do it, and to sleep. We’re also very, very excited to sleep. But mostly we can’t wait to share the store with you, and all the updates along the way. Who needs sleep when you’re building your dream business? (Let’s not answer that question.) It’s worth it, and we hope you’ll think so too.