(the misadventures of an expatriate corporate dropout)
Friday, July 10, 2009
Well I think we are moving in to our final week before opening! This week the floors were (nearly) finished. All installation is complete, today the sealant was applied to the cement floor and the wood floor received its first coat of paint. Tomorrow I will apply the other colors ... Next week will be devoted to finishing touches and arranging our items for sale. We would be delighted if we opened on Friday.
What a transformation has occurred in four months with just the two of us as workers. Sandblasted walls, repaired windows, new floors, new electricity, new plumbing, insulation, new ceiling, paint, artwork, custom artisanal touches abound ... the property has provided us with countless materials we have salvaged, repurposed and reused.
If the boutique is fun and successful, we will just move it to the stone garage and move forward with the café as well. Two businesses!
I'm very proud of us, our strong partnership ... our great complicity ... how sympatico we are.
Oh, yeah ... these are our signs thus far. My fantastic cousin Nate provided the artwork and I translated it into a handpainted sign ... whatcha think?
(check out the flickr link for more photos of the transformed ateliér) ...