Yes, friends, it's been a loooooong month since we closed the doors on our Roberttown shop! Stairs have been built, electric has been connected, flooring has been installed, and I am very happy (and relieved!) to say that we are ready for opening on Saturday 26th October!
I have to say, moving shop is about 100 times harder than starting from scratch. In the first shop, we fit the furniture then bought enough stock to suit. This time round, we had alllllll the stuff from the old shop to fit in, plus extra products, and so had to buy/make the furniture to suit. At one stage, I have to admit that I had absolutely no bloomin' idea how it was all going to fit in! The old shop must have been a Tardis the amount it held. However, it's come together all at once and I must say, I'm prett-ay, prett-ay pleased with the result, and I reckon you will be too if you fancy paying us a visit!
At the front of the shop is the fabric and pattern boutique area. There's plenty of room to peruse the delights on offer there and you're out of the way of everyone who just want a bobbin of thread, which is located in the back half of the shop, along with all the other 3 million items of haberdashery. In the back area also are the children's and animal design fabrics. (Hey, they say not to work with children and animals right? Which is why these fabrics are well away from where I stand at the cash desk!!)
Upstairs really is the piece de resistance! Everyone who I have taken upstairs to have a sneak peek at the new workshop area has been flabbergasted! It truly is amazing (even if I do say so myself!) and I've designed it by taking note of all the little flaws of the old workshop so hopefully they no longer exist. There is bags of room, it's comfortable to work in in all weathers due to the air conditioning and you're self-contained with its own kitchen and toilet facilities. There is even an Insta wall for you to pose against with your finished items for a quick social media photo!
Now, you know how they say that it takes a village to raise a child? Well, in this case, it's taken half of chuffin' West Yorkshire to open a relatively small fabric shop!!! As much as I would love to take credit for everything, a lot of you will know that I have another business as well that I have also had to help keep ticking over at the same time, so haven't been able to spend all my time getting the new shop sorted. Which is why I have had loads of willing (and unwilling) helpers to see me through. At the risk of sounding like Gwyneth Paltrow accepting an Oscar, I'd just like to offer a major shout out and my undying thanks to some of the peeps who have offered their assistance!
Hannah, Margaret & Rachel - For helping to deconstruct the old shop in record time. Honestly, what these ladies can't do with a drill isn't worth writing about!
Brother Joel - For painstakingly doing all the background work that you don't necessarily see but is vital to the running of the shop. In other words, he's been barcoding like a b*tch!!!
Dee - For offering amazing support as my VA (she really is a beast and she makes me feel like Sigourney Weaver in Working Girl!!) She was also the brains behind our new fantastic hashtag #GoSewYourself which I will be talking about in a later post and can be seen adorning our workshop walls!
Liv - For the seemingly never-ending pricing up of new products.
The Husband - For fitting out the shop and making the shop furniture and workshop tables with his mad sheet metal working skillz, yo! It's quite amazing how much he can get done, given the amount of Greggs breaks he has!
So after all this, I hope you will be able to come and have a look at the shop sometime on your travels and I hope you like it! :)