Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Just a quick update........

Just thought I would jump on and give you guys a quick update on the store's progress. We now have walls with drywall and paint (I now know I never want a career as a painter), doors, and a ceiling grid with most of the lights. The colors in the photos of the walls does not show up as it's true color. To me, it looks a little yellow in the photos but it actually more of a tan/beige.

This is from the back of the store looking toward the front door. I have a custom made check out counter on order that is 12ft long on both the back and front with a "U" connector than is 9 ft. I know what your are thinking, HUGE, but I am hoping that the space will eventually be needed to expand to one or two more check out areas. I can dream can't I ?
This is from the front looking toward the right hand corner of the back. The door to the far right is the back store for an emergency exit and where shipments will be delivered. The first door moving around to the left is the restroom, completely handicap accessible, and the last door far left is to the storage/office area. I if 15 ft by 40 foot. You can tell a little about my stained concrete floor. It is not finished yet, still needing another coat or two of sealer. It took 3 days to put a coat pd primer and two coats of paint on all the walls.

This is the bathroom door, still needing the hardware installed. The door color was color matched to the outside of the building as well as the barn red trim to the trim outside. Again the walls are showing up a little yellow when they are the same family and the door color.
Oh, and did you notice, I have light and electric outlets now, installed just today. Thought this might give you a better look at the colors but again, showing a little yellow. I think it might have been the flash too.
We also had the grid for the drop ceiling installed today as well as the lights. We are hoping to have them wired tomorrow and get an electrical inspection on Thursday. I am really pushing the crew now, telling them I will throw a HUGE tantrum if they do not get me opened by February 1st. I have soooo much Valentine merchandise I HAVE to get open.

I have had a lot of emails about the status of the online store. Well......it is going slower than the store which I never thought would be possible. I never knew there was so much involved in having a shopping cart on the internet. I am still working on this but every time I turn around there is another hurdle to jump through. I have purchased my domain name, preciousscraps.com, but from there I am just lost. I have talked with so many people, I am going on circles. Any help from you guys would be greatly appreciated. I will take all of the advice I can get. Also, in the meantime, if there is anything on the blog that you want to purchase just send me an email and I will be happy to work with you that way until the internet store is up and running. Say a prayer for us as we are working so hard and getting so close..............


I am going to close with an adorable photo of my great nephew that my son took over the holidays. He received this camo recliner from Santa because he was with Granpa when he purchased one (not camo) and had a fit for one just like Grandpa's. We got tickled because later in the day he went out to play and took his recliner with him. So this was at my mom's house on Christmas Day out in the front yard. Hope you have enjoyed the update and I will keep you posted.

13 comments:

Monica said...

It's looking awsome! That close up pic looks really good! I LOVE that trim and the creamish walls look great! I ca'nt wait to come up this weekend and see it in PERSON though! LoL
I know you all been working soo hard on thsi project and I am so excited to see it almost complete know. You and Larry deserve the weight off your shoulders!

((Big Hugs))
Monica

Katie Renz said...

Well, that space looks glorious. It will truly be amazing when the day comes that it is filled with lovely goodies.

As for your great nephew - how cute is that. I think its hilarious that the chair is outside.

IamDerby said...

Oh Beverly I am so so so excited for you! What kind of Valentine goods have you got? Anything super cute that I must have?

Kacey Elliott said...

Hey Bev! Thanks for the update, I was just thinking about you :-) It is looking fabulous. Sorry about the on-line store, I wish I had some advice for you. Good luck getting it done by Feb 1!

Mary K said...

Looks like it's really coming along now Bev. It won't be too much longer. How exciting!

Scrapping Julie said...

yeah Beverly it is looking so great!
cant wait to see it in person!
so excited for you.

Claire Brennan said...

This is looking fabulous Beverly - God speed with the remaining work

Kelsey said...

The shop is looking good!! Can't wait to see it in person. I just sent you an email. Talk to you soon!

V said...

The "brick and mortar" business is looking great! I can't wait to see it stocked full of goodies. As for the online store, it's a total toss up. So many people use so many different things. I know, having shopped lots of internet stores, the ones I like best all appear to use the same company for their solutions. You might check them out. http://www.luminointernet.co.uk/

Babies- Beth said...

Bev~ Keeping my fingers crossed for you, but lol, I want the internet store more, lol lol- The store looks wonderful, and the fixtures you got are perfect! I think opening boxes with stock and putting it up is my dream job, lol... let us know if you need people to some 'stock'!!

Lynn Mercurio said...

WOW...you are really making some progress and working your butt off, I'm sure.

Happy 2009 to you!!!

sarita said...

wow!! your store will be huge! what fun!! more room for stamps and classes! i also love the floor color!
congrats!

squirlygirl said...

I just wanted to leave you some well wishes! You are living my dream and I am very jealous! All I have ever wanted to do is own a scrapbook store! I guess it will just have to wait till my husband and I are a little older and more settled in our community. But everything looks great and your hard work will pay off :) Wish I lived closer so I could be there when you opened. Good Luck