|Newly made sign ready to hang over our shop door -- being sent home with my husband on the airplane today in time to hang for the opening! (Thanks for donating the old cabinet shelf for the sign, Mom)|
We have been hard at work getting our new shop ready for its "soft opening" this Friday. Although I've been doing small bits of work from New Mexico, while Wendy has done the bulk of the work in Oakland.
You might remember that I've gone to my home state to be with family during Christmas. This was especially important because of two recent terminal cancer diagnoses in my family. We lost one family member the week before Christmas and spent a very bittersweet last Christmas with the other.
In my stead, my friends have jumped in to donate their time and talents in helping Wendy get the shop ready for the Temescal neighborhood's First Friday (I literally signed and overnighted the lease two days after we arrived in New Mexico!)
Want to see what they've been hard at work doing? (I can hardly wait to see in person myself!)
Away went the pale blue paint in the interior. One wall got a fresh coat of white. And the vintage brass chandelier I posted about ages ago got rewired and hung.
I owe a huge thank you to my sweet friends for being there for me when I can't. I am so grateful to:
Thank you too, to Shems who drove up from L.A. for a few days and to the folks at Hacker Moms for donating their time and expertise.
I also want to mention graphic designer Mitzi of the etsy shop Fancy Schmanzy. She came through with a business card design for us less than 24 hours after we contacted her. This after not hearing back from five other graphic designers we contacted in the last two weeks. (We understand, it's a busy time of year!)
We bought this customizable business card template:
It's pretty cute, huh? And an amazing deal at $20. We'll definitely be using her to design a custom logo and new cards for Walrus. Check out her other work here.
And how can I forget to thank Wendy who has been working herself to the bone, even when she's been sick, to get the shop ready and keep producing inventory so that we have something to sell. Wendy, I couldn't ask for a better business partner. You have my eternal gratitude and deserve a big vacation when I get back.
And last, for those of you who are local, Wendy would love to meet you on Friday night. Come see the shop before I do!
Temescal First Friday Art Hop with featured artist Kevan Jenson.
Friday, January 4th from 6-9pm
470G 49th Street, Oakland