We are cranking away on the renovation this Saturday, very aware of the fact that our grand opening is only a few days away. We’ve come a long way baby, but boy-oh-boy, we still have a long way to go!
Day 6: Saturday, July 27th
Today we are putting the finishing touches on the interior of the store, hanging shelving, mirrors, electrical for lighting, etc. We are also giving our exterior the face lift it needs after years of beating from the sun. The weather has eaten up the woodwork, so our storefront will appreciate the sanding, filling, and painting (think spa treatment)!
We have to get our curtains done today, because we are simultaneously developing the Spring 2014 samples for our photo shoot next Thursday and Friday in L.A. After the grand opening, I’m grabbing my husband (Jeff) and daughter (Jordan), and we’re all driving down to Newport Beach to meet Allan, our Creative Director. Sadly, Allan will miss the grand opening, because someone needs to get all the clothes prepped in time!
Mirror, mirror, on the wall … We love those mirrors, don’t we? The one on the left below is so heavy, that it requires three men to lift it and a special support structure to hold it. Handmade in Indonesia, it’s both a beautiful and practical behind-the-counter fixture.
The storefront is looking fabulous, as are the “Three Muskateers,” who are taking a moment to breathe after lifting and assessing many, many furniture permutations. Left to right are Stella, Allan & Steven, my fellow owners and founders of the company (and yes, I do more than just take pictures and write blogs).
We are taking a breather tomorrow, but will hit it hard again on Monday morning. Over the next few days, we’ll clean the store, start the merchandising, and plan for the party. Our new signage will come on Tuesday, which will make the store officially the Stella Studio!
Even though we are drowning in tasks and running on fumes, we have wills of steel and know it will all get done on time. We can’t wait for Wednesday’s party, and we can’t wait to see you there!