I know I haven’t updated the blog in quite a while–three weeks, to be precise. What can I say? Starting up a store takes up a lot of time!
Beyond embarking on a one-day road trip to procure store armies for Heavy Gear, I’ve essentially done NOTHING as far as hobby time goes. What I have been doing though has been working (fairly) hard to transform the spot I’ve leased from an empty bay….to an empty store.
Because I’m TERRIBLE at documenting things as they happen, I don’t have much to show in the way of incremental improvement. However, I DID at least take a couple quick movies to show how the store has been coming along.
I’ve already included pictures of the store from the first day I went to check it out and decide if I wanted to put in the offer to lease; those pictures can be seen here.
….and by “Initial Walk Through” I really mean the very first walk through! My business partner and I were allowed to get into the store for half an hour to get it properly measured (so we could begin working on our layout and see what else we needed) over the weekend; so I took full advantage of the opportunity and filmed a quick walk through for the benefit of family and friends!
I think I’ve said it two or three times now: I’ve got the location chosen and secured. Well, now it’s official! Yesterday I received (via courier) the full lease, every page initialed by myself and the landlord and all the appropriate blanks signed and witnessed.
All the people I’ve talked to about this have said it’s a real ‘champagne’ moment, but it hasn’t felt that way to me. I think it would have been a bigger deal had I not already had “the lease is negotiated” moments several times already. Don’t get me wrong; I’m ALL kinds of excited…maybe it’s just ‘cause I’m so focused on all the other things that need to be taken care of as well.
Though it came just in time for the holidays, this little paper didn’t come to me from under the Christmas tree (Christmas and New Years have kept me significantly busy—I’ve only had the chance to post about it now!). Continue reading