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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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