Ribbon Cutting on Monday

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I had hoped to post another round of shop update photo’s before open­ing, but if you can believe it, we open on MONDAY! This month flew by like you would not believe.

We will be open­ing on Mon­day at 10am for the first time. The Win­ter­set Cham­ber of Com­merce has sched­uled a ribbon-cutting cer­e­mony for 11:30am if you would like to join us, we would love to see you there.

For those of you who can’t make it, I will be sure to post photo’s on Mon­day after­noon, or Tues­day morn­ing, of the cer­e­mony & the shop.

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Setting Up Shop: Round 3

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We are finally get­ting things filled up around the shop. Please excuse the not so per­fect photo’s today, as my hus­band Jason usu­ally takes them, but he was work­ing today.

Above is a shot through the front so you can see how we done some more build­ing up of the fur­ni­ture and adding more prod­uct. Below is a shot of the table that we added to the end of the Foyer as that spot had a tiny book­shelf before and it looked a bit awk­ward there all alone!

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Here are a few shots of the prod­ucts I have been cre­at­ing. Most of them you will rec­og­nize as I have had var­i­ous ver­sion of these prod­ucts in my Etsy shops and at Mar­ket Day for a few years now. Most of the designs are dif­fer­ent as this body of work is focused mainly on unique type designs and very geometric/minimalist illus­tra­tive designs. Sev­eral of the rub­ber stamps that I designed & sold through my Sweet Har­vey line have stayed with me as they were mainly type designs as well.

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Hope you enjoy the update! The fin­ish­ing touches will be going in this week as we are only 1 week away from open­ing — yeah! I will post another update next week and hope­fully my hubby will be tak­ing the photo’s so they will be much better!

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Setting Up Shop: Round 2

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After the last post, it was clear that I still needed some fur­ni­ture — well, at least going upward. There was no height vari­a­tion in the shop and you can really see it when your ceil­ings are nearly 12ft high. It was also appar­ent that the book­shelves that I bought, while cute, were not very use­ful. They are 4 shelves high, but the two bot­tom shelves are way too low for buyers.

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To rem­edy this I pur­chased a larger book­shelf and another table to stack it on. Then I pur­chased a smaller two step shelf for the smaller of the tables and a tiny round stool for one side of that. I also have a wall mounted wrap­ping paper rack on order and sev­eral pieces of art­work that need to be hung. The back wall and the right side wall look great now!

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The left wall where the card shelves are is still look­ing great, but the area where I plan to enter­tain cus­tom design clients is still in need of some work (see below). That is next on the list and then of course, I am still work­ing away at mak­ing prod­uct to fill the shelves.

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I will try to post some photo’s of the prod­ucts that are going to be avail­able in the next post. I also plan to have the client area reme­died. What do you think so far?

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Setting Up Shop: Round 1

Before Paint

We are only 4 short weeks away from open­ing day and just get­ting started with the set-up of the new shop. We thought it would be fun to share the progress shots of the shop com­ing together. This is round 1 of the set up. We still have a long way to go, but here is what we have done so far.

PAINTING IN THE LIGHT

The shop was painted last week from the medium brown (above). This shop space does not offer a lot of light so we choose a soft paint color called Can­dle­light (light cream) for the walls and white for the ceil­ings and trim (below). You can already see a huge dif­fer­ence in the light­ing with just a sim­ple change in paint color. We will still need to add some addi­tional light­ing, but this was def­i­nitely a step in the right direction.

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THE SET-UP & FOYER

The shop lay­out is a bit dif­fer­ent from the stan­dard retail floor lay­out, as the space was pre­vi­ously used a two room office space. The lay­out is two nar­row rooms with a walk-in foyer, that joins the two rooms, in the front. Here is the lay­out that I whipped up in Illus­tra­tor to mock-up where I was plan­ning to place the fur­ni­ture & check out desk.

The left room is going to be the retail space and has two win­dows (one is on the back door). The win­dows let in quite a bit of light. The right room is going to be either my office space (in the future) or a space for classes. This space is a bit darker as there are no win­dows. The third space is the foyer, in the front, which is filled with light by the large dis­play window.

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Below  is what I came up with for the foyer. The green cab­i­net will even­tu­ally have more of a built-up win­dow dis­play on it, that can hope­fully be seen from street view. I also plan to have some prod­uct in the foyer that will eas­ily lead into the actual shop space. There will also be a huge 32″ chan­de­lier in the foyer, which is not hung up yet. It will show through the front dis­play win­dow, which should be very beautiful.

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THE SHOP SPACE

Here are a few more shots of the shop space. This room needs a lot more work as I need to build things upward a bit and of course — I need a LOT more prod­uct for this room! Open­ing up shop was truly a last-minute deci­sion (will post more on that later) and being that I haven’t been cre­at­ing actual prod­ucts for a while, I have noth­ing made. No wor­ries, it will get done.

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Above is the view from the back of the shop toward the foyer. Below is a photo of the card wall. I am proud of this wall as I made the lovely shelves myself and my hubby put them up for me. I wanted some­thing for cards that wasn’t very deep so I built the shelves from the mold­ing you would nor­mally use on the top and bot­tom of your walls at home. They are super cute and only 1″ deep. Perfect.

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So that is the first round of set-up for the shop. Next in line is a few more pieces of higher fur­ni­ture, light­ing and of course, more & more prod­ucts. What do you think?

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Hello & Welcome!

Shop Front

Wel­come to Pow­pourri! We are gear­ing up for our GRAND OPENING on FEBRUARY 2, 2015. The shop will be located on the beau­ti­ful his­toric square in Win­ter­set, Iowa and the actual address is 207 N. 1st Avenue.

The shot above is the front of the new shop. Our logo will grace the win­dow this Spring, the win­ter weather in Iowa is appar­ently not a friend to win­dow lettering.

Shop Opening

Pow­pourri will be small sta­tionery & gift bou­tique spe­cial­iz­ing in pretty & pos­i­tive hand­made goods, per­son­al­ized sta­tionery and cus­tomiz­able invitations.

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We will offer a line of pos­i­tive hand­made goods that are ready to go home with you today! Some of our most pop­u­lar items include hand­made cards, sta­tionery, jour­nals, gift tags, lunch box notes & wall art.

Our pretty line of cus­tomiz­able designs will include invi­ta­tion suites for wed­dings, births & social events. This line also includes a unique selec­tion of per­son­al­ized sta­tionery & call­ing cards.

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