Happy Monday Friends!
Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!
Mine was jammed pack full of projects, as per usual.
you may be wondering to yourself, why I'm standing in front of this building
holding a sign that says coming soon?
Well the answer is.... I have been given an opportunity of a life time!
Drum roll please...I will be opening my own home decor market!
Somebody pinch me!!
Cause I seriously can't believe this is happening.
So here are the nitty gritty details... If you know me or have followed me on IG for a while you have probably heard me mention that my in-laws own a swap meet in OKC.
Well this here building is not on the swap meet, but is very close by and on a major street.
So this is how it all came to be...
So while visiting my in-laws and having a lovely evening sitting under a giant tree talking about absolutely everything and nothing at all, it got brought up about this little shop
sitting quiet and empty with no prospects.
My father in-law has offered it to a couple of other family members,
who really didn't want anything to do with it...
who has been dying to get her creative little hands on it
since I first laid eyes on it over 13 years ago.
You see the thing is, most people see an old metal building, in an old part of town,
next to an old swap meet and think...
Why, would you even waste your time or money.
But what I see is potential, I see with a little time, money and lots of hard work, I could turn nothing into something pretty wonderful.
To be honest, I'm not worried about the old metal building, with the right landscaping and vision it can ooze charm, I'm also not worried about the old part of town, I see a chance to get in and be apart of a renewal process, I see being on one of the busiest roads in OKC with over 20K commuters daily.
I also don't worry about the swap meet, and while I know a swap meet brings out most people who are looking for dirt cheap deals, I also know it brings out the collectors, the seekers and those who want a one of a kind item and maybe just maybe, they'll stop by my little place and have a look around.
This swap meet also brings 10k visitors on any given weekend...
I'm liking my odds...
you feel me?
Right away, I renewed my LLC, filed a new DBA and filled out for a new sales tax permit.
Can you say excited!
I also took photos and uploaded them into paint and did some very rough mock ups
But you can see what I'm going for here.
The Carriage Haus
I truly believe this shop has the potential to be great and
I'm so excited for this opportunity.
The shop is small and I will be finishing out around 1200 sq ft and have plenty of space for a studio in the back.
I do plan to open it to a few talented vendors but plan to keep the layout open and cohesive as if it were one large store.
I'm working with a paint line to secure a contract and carry their paint in the shop, I plan to offer classes and workshops. The east side of OKC currently does not have any specialty paint retailers other then the big box stores. You have to drive to north side to get any milk or chalk paints.
It will focus on modern farmhouse decor,
but of course carry small gift items like candles, jewelry, soaps etc.
I have already began remodeling on the shop and can't wait to get some progress pics to show you.
You can of course bet on, lots of white and shiplap!
I'm definitely going to blog about this whole process, but that unfortunately means all home projects will go on the back burner for now.
I'm hoping we can have the shop done and ready to go by the new year.
Lots of work coming my way, but I can hardly wait!
More to come, so stay tuned!