Wednesday, January 2, 2013

"Soft" opening on Friday!

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!)

Our shop doors and trim got a fresh coat of bold yellow paint.

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.

The opposite wall got covered in chalkboard paint and I can hardly wait to get my hands on some chalk to decorate it.  The green ladder is one of our hand-made quilt ladders.

These vintage drawers got a new home attached to the wall to hold our merchandise.

And this pegboard got hung and arranged with vintage tools until we can replace them with the artisan tools we plan to carry.

The window boxes got planted with easy-to-care-for succulents.  (It never freezes in the Bay Area, so these will winter well outside.)

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:

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


  1. How exciting for both of you! My heart goes out to you Camille, both as a new entrepreneur and also as a member of a family going through such hard times. I wish you all the best in 2013!

  2. Camille I'm so sorry for your loss and the difficult times facing your family. You will be in my prayers.

    Your shop looks fantastic...I love the yellow door! How wonderful that your friends have stepped up in your absence. That says a lot! I wish I lived closer (I'm in Los Angeles) so I could visit on Friday night. Best wishes for many years of success which I'm sure will follow. xo

  3. Camille, what's evident in this post is that you are very loved and are surrounded by wonderful people. Though the year ended on a sad note, I hope that this new year is a blessed one as you pursue your talent with the store. I wish I wasn't across the country because I'd love to be there on Friday!

  4. Things look absolutely amazing! I'm so happy for you! I LOVE the color pallette! I may just have I borrow it for my house;) congratulations again!!!

  5. Hooray for Walrus! I love that yellow, and can't wait to see it in real life on Friday!! SO excited for you and Wendy!

  6. I'd say I'm insanely jealous of you but I don't envy this difficult time for you and your family.

    The shop is looking great. You've got some great ideas!

  7. I hope all went well this evening - the shop looks fabulous!

  8. So proud of you!!! Can't wait to hear all the details about the opening!!

  9. What an amazing venture. It is looking great and we wish you all the best in your opening!
    xo Nancy

  10. P. S. My prayers go out to you and your family also for these family health misfortunes, Camille. Im so sorry any of you have to go through this.
    xo Nancy

  11. Camille, I'm so sorry about the loss in your family; I was really sad to read that. I hope Walrus provides you some 'good' distractions as you go through this difficult time. Walrus sounds so amazing and I look forward to hearing more about it and how you decided to take this huge leap of faith!! Good luck!

  12. Camille, congratulations!! What a wonderful testament to your friendships ... and, of course, your talent! I am so sorry to hear about the loss in your family, and I send you warm thoughts, hugs and prayers during this tough time.

  13. I have really missed so much with all my blog buddies! Camille, so happy for you as you launch your shop and make your mark! I hope you show/share with us much more about it. But so sorry too to hear of your family's loss. Thinking of you. Lucky to have such wonderful friends to pull you through.


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