Saturday, December 22, 2012

We're opening a shop!

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Big news!  My biz partner, Wendy and I are finalizing the details to open a real storefront in a great little area called Temescal Alley in Oakland.  We'll continue to sell our refurbished and upcycled goods for the home there and on etsy. 

We had been dreamily talking of opening shop sometime in the next few years, but when we found out about this amazing vacancy two weeks ago, we took a leap of faith and went for it.  

At the turn of the century, our little (emphasis on little) shop was originally a stable.  Later the horse stalls were turned into carriage houses and most recently into tiny shops.

Here's what the inside looks like.

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We love the exposed brick, the built-in rustic pipe shelving, and the concrete floors. And of course, we plan to do some work to make it our own.


via San Francisco Chronicle

We couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of this thriving community of small shops full of artisans and other creatives. 

Here are what some of the other shops in Temescal Alley look like:

Esqueleto via The San Francisco Chronicle


Crimson Horticultural Rarities via The San Francisco Chronicle

Doughnut Dolly -- image via Refinery 29

You can see we have our work cut out for us! 


To read more about Temescal Alley, see The San Francisco Chronicle's recent article "Oakland's Hip and Vibrant Temescal Alley Takes Off."

One last thing, since our business is no longer located in the Claremont area of Oakland, we've decided to change our name.

Henceforth it will be "Walrus."

We have changed the blog title, and are working on changing our blog address to match.  And we'll probably have a new website up and running soon.

Details to come!  We are uber excited!

19 comments:

  1. This is so exciting! I am so happy for you. And, please tell us how you came up with that name! Those little shops look like so much fun.

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  2. Very, VERY COOL! You're whip that place in to shape in no time. I love the bones and you've got a great front door which is an added bonus. I'm SO excited for you!

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  3. I am more than thrilled for you! From being your first follower of your now super amazing blog to seeing you open a shop! YOU GO GIRL! Miss you C.

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  4. Congratulations Camille! How exciting!!! Merry Christmas and many hugs.

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  5. Yea! So thrilled for you and this exciting new venture for the New Year! I must plan a visit when you get in and settled. I have never been down to that area before...looking forward to discovering a fun new place to visit and shop!

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  6. Camille, this is such exciting news! I read the article you linked to and Temescal Alley sounds wonderful and very unique. If I only lived closer, and not on the other side of the country! Keep us posted on your space -- can't wait to see what you do with it. Congratulations and best of luck with your venture.
    Claudia

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  7. So fantastic Camille! A new endeavor for a new year! And the shop will be so adorable!

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  8. Congratulations Camille- this is HUGE! I am so excited for you both, and wish you the best of luck this coming year. Merry Christmas and thank you for your blog friendship and inspiration this year!
    xo Nancy
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  9. Camille this is absolutely wonderful news!! Congratulations. Luckily for me I live close enough to stop by and check it out! I can't wait. Have a wonderful holiday.

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  10. Oh man...how very exciting! Congrats on this venture:) Can't wait to see how you set up shop;) Have a Merry Christmas, Camille!

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  11. Oh, congratulations! I am quite envious and so excited to see how you o. Best of luck, but I know your hard work will pay off!

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  12. Camille, Congratulations!! How very exciting!! I don't expect anything less from you! I wish you and your family a wonderful and Merry Christmas. And, please share how you came up with Walrus!

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  13. Wow!! Good for you! This is so exciting and something I have always dreamed of doing myself. Good for you for making it happen. I am excited to follow along on this adventure! Merry Christmas Camille.

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  14. So crazy excited for you!!! I'll be over to check it out in person when it's open!

    Jessica

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  15. I'm so excited for you!!!! You are living out my dream and I can't wait to hear about it every step of the way. Proud of you mamma! xo

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  16. So excited Camille and can't wait to stop by and see it! What a fantastic location too. It's going to be a huge success!!!

    -Lane

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  17. Well that is awesome news - congrats and I wish you all the best on the new shop. Looking forward to hearing more about it. Happy New Year Camille - thanks for your support this year.

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  18. How exciting Camille! 2013 will be great for you! What an incredible spot with what looks like great traffic so lots of people will discover your talents. I wish you and your partner all the best!

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  19. I feel so late to the party but CONGRATULATIONS!! I cannot wait to see how you make your mark on the retail world. How exciting and what a great way to start 2013. Hope you had a wonderful December with your family, too!

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