Monday, January 19, 2009

Preparing to open a store front

I'm preparing to open a store front for my jewelry design business. Until now, I've been using two rooms in our home -- one filled with Gorilla racks -- you know, those heavy duty metal shelving units - filled with shipping and postage supplies, most of the office equipment, fax machine, scanner, etc., plus other assorted items too large to place in the "main" room. The "main room" has a wall-to-wall desk, with two computers (PC and Mac), two printers (color and laser), a large paper bin to hold assorted types of papers and envelopes, and on the opposite side of the room is my main design area. A 5' x 4' table is my workspace. On the wall behind it are several small parts bins filled with beads, gemstones and findings. There's an additional gorilla rack next to the table which holds additional boxes of beads and supplies. The side wall near the entry door is covered in peg board and filled with strands of assorted beads and pearls.

The move into the new storefront will definitely be a challenge. You see, the new store is only the size of a walk-in closet. It's 9' x 13' in size and is finished in rustic dark wood. The landlord will not allow any painting or major modifications to the room, so I am having to figure other ways to make the room work. It definitely will be a work in progress, and I'll keep you updated on how things go along the way.


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