Phew what a busy week we have had. We started the week getting the keys for our new shop and ended it nearly ready to open. So what did we do?
Firstly we sat and contemplated. Sound lazy doesn't it, But we hadn't seen the shop enough to know exactly what to do! The first time we saw it, we fell in love, not necessarily with the shop itself but with the location, which is in the beautiful harbour village of Polperro, in Cornwall. We made the decision, as we quite often do, with our hearts. So as reality set in we decided before we signed the contract ( which I have to say is scary). We would need to see it again. It just so happens that we had a lovely visit with some good friends who's opinion means a lot to us, so we dragged them screaming (NOT) to view it. We all had a good poke round and I started to panic about all of the metal shelves and slat board. As Mr Wellydog put it, we wanted it, 'less Woolworths and more Wellydog!'. So with all the ideas we had discussed with our friends and with all the discussions we had had while waiting for the lease to go through. We realised everything we had thought of doing was not really that possible.
We started to take down so of the metals walls. the problem with this is, we had to be able to store them, as part of our contract says we have to return the shop to its original state when we leave. So apart from storing them, everything we did, had to be reversible.
We made the decision to take out the back wall, as that was the easiest one to remove and the wall behind was actually if fairly good condition. Also I felt it would make a good wall to become a focal point. We knew we wanted to move the counter and fudge counter ( yes I know, why do we need a fudge counter?) The counter needed to positioned so we could easily greet people and be able to see the whole of the shop. Moving it sideways on, seemed logical. I had picked some bold stripey wallpaper for the back wall, but when I came to order it, it was discontinued Grrrrr. But actually it was a good thing as we found a wave mural wallpaper, that certainly makes a statement. The way we had to split the picture for the door, meant that there is a strip on the side that needed covering. I painted it a nice windsor blue and painted in some shadows and white splashes to blend it in.
There were three central units which we felt was too crowded, so with the help of our daughter and son in law it was taken apart and stored in the back store room.
It was helpful to have such a tall son in law. He was very useful both in stature and in ideas to get the sign up. We had bought pub letters when our sign at Hayle had got ruined in the storms. I like them, but if I'm honest I miss the old sign. I will live with it for a while, but it may get changed at a later date as we have realised our logo is no where on the shop. How daft.
Then all our jewellery cabinets were moved in and were assembled and attached them to the wall. The cleaning then had to begin, moving loads of bits meant the floor was in a bit of a state. The last thing when did before leaving for a restful weekend, was to paint the store room door. It was in need of a bit of tlc. So here we are at the end of the week just about ready.
Tomorrow we collect some stock from a few of our lovely crafters, we then will finish the last bits of cleaning. (The shelves and the glass cabinets). Then we should be all ready to start filling the shelves, ready to open on Wednesday.