Big Shop News.

Things have been a little quiet round here I know, almost 4 weeks since I last posted, but life has entered a whole new level of busy and there hasn’t been enough room in my head for intelligible blog banter.

In case you haven’t heard, I’m opening a shop in Lostwithiel. This life changing decision was made only a few weeks ago, but in my typical style, once an idea takes hold, I am powerless to divert myself away. All the planning and plotting and logistics takes up every last second of the day, I’ve been lying in bed, going over shelving designs and stock quantities, making lists at 4am. To say it’s been a little inconvenient all this coinciding with the summer holidays is a serious understatement, but with Stu’s unending support and the beach as free all day child entertainment, I have absented myself from family life from dusk til dawn. It won’t always be like this, once opened and I have a few weeks under my belt then we will settle into a more “normal” routine, but for now it has to be all or nothing.

I did drag the girls to the new Exeter IKEA last week, on a ridiculously hot day, it took way longer than it should have to get there and I didn’t feel very well, but I was desperate for some IVAR shelves for the back shop. It was my first visit and despite feeling rubbish, it was a very positive day out and I really look forward to returning soon, without children!

My parents are incredibly supportive and as excited as I am for this new chapter, which is good, because the shop is at the front of their house! My Dad has moved his Bright Side of the Road gallery next door, into the smaller shop, so we are going to be business neighbors. He will continue to use the space in my front shop to host his Lino Printing Workshops and we are also going to be collaborating on future workshop ideas, he’s a bit of a clever man and I fully intend to take advantage of all his hidden skills. Watch this space.

A little corner of Dad’s gallery, as was, which showed his beautiful artwork.

Speaking of being a man with many skills, I am also very fortunate that my Dad is making all the shop fittings for me, to my design specifications, not only that, but in a completely ridiculous time frame as well (but I’ll come to that soon)…

Trago, not high on my must visit list, yesterday we went there twice in 2 hours, I’ve tried to blank it out .
Richards – Timber Merchant. We spent a fair while in here deciding what would be best to use for the shop fittings.

Thank goodness for a great cutting service.

I am being incredibly supportive though, suffering numerous trips to soul sapping Trago in a supportive capacity, as well as being there when plans need to change on the spot, which has happened on numerous occasions. This whole process has been like revisiting parts of my childhood, I was always the eager one volunteering to accompany my Dad on his diy supply runs, the smell of the timber merchant is an incredibly evocative one, perhaps why I have a bit of an obsession with using wood in it’s many forms within my interiors. I can’t tell you how happy it’s making me having the opportunity to explore more ideas in a new, beautiful space, I really can’t wait to share it with you.

So, the golden question, one I’ve been asked a lot this week and finally I’m ready to announce that I’ve set the day…

I realise, with less than a week left, this is a completely ludicrous deadline to set for us, but my reasoning behind this is as follows –

  1. I am impatient to get going.
  2. I am impatient to get going.
  3. I want to get going!

Compromises are being made though, I hope the inside of the shop will be close to my vision, but the outside will not be painted yet, a job that will be done by the end of the month. I may not have my sign by then, but that locally made beauty will be well worth the wait.

Compromises. Dad’s signs will be relocated to the left hand side of the front, but the house won’t be painted before I open…

So, with that news I really must get going, because right now, if you were to peak through the window, you’d be rather surprised to hear I plan on being open to the public in less than a week, it’s a jolly good job I come from a family of superb multitaskers!

One of the views from my beautiful shop windows.

Will I be seeing you in the shop soon? I really hope so, your support means so much to me, without you lot this would never had felt like a good idea.

For those who live further away, once I am finished running around like a mad woman, I will be setting my mind to sorting the online shop, so I hope you will feel as involved in this project as those who are local and able to pop by.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Nicola Bridgwater says:

    Wonderful news. Congratulations and good luck. It will definitely be on my ‘must see’ list next time I am in Cornwall. I will nag my ever-loving husband on a detour from the beach to a shop! Bless him! I love your style.

    1. Thank you Nicola, it would be lovely to see you in the shop one day ♡♡

  2. Ella says:

    Good luck Alice 🍀 I’m sure you must feel exhausted and overwhelmed but wow how exciting! And inspirational. Well done for making your dreams a reality. It’s hard work working for yourself but nothing beats the feeling when it’s all running well xx

    1. Thank you so much Ella, mega hard work, but super rewarding too ♡

  3. Dani says:

    So happy for you, Alice x

    1. Thank you x

  4. Nicky Marksberry says:

    Really pleased to see that you will be open by the time we visit Cornwall in a few weeks, I’ll definitely try to pop in : ) Good luck with everything, I’m sure the shop is going to look amazing!! X

    1. Thank you so much Nicky, I hope to see you soon c

  5. Lynda says:

    Good luck with your new venture Alice can’t wait to visit x

    1. Thank you ♡♡♡

  6. Sharon ashman says:

    I love your shop & love my purchase of the yellow chair even more. Thank you & what a great choice of music I had while browsing xx will be returning x

    1. Thank you so much lovely, I’m so pleased you like it all ♡♡

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