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Weeks Four, Five and Six: Almost there…

So another 3 weeks have passed and we are still not open. I can’t say anything has particularly gone wrong but there has been a lot to do and I totally underestimated the time it would take. Steve from Interior Solutions is continuing to work his brilliant building/plumbing/electrical magic and I’m still painting (mostly myself, definitely rocking the Tramp look) Decorating is now down to the last few bits and bobs that need to be done after Steve has done his thing.

The whole shop has been completely rewired with full heating, plugs and of course the lighting which has a touch of brick styling. With this and the newly whited walls it’s a very nice clean bright space. One thing that was always going to make a real difference was the floor and  I’m really happy that this has been done and is looking gorgeous thanks to Mark WIllmottand his team. I’m really pleased with the overall effect, hope you like it as much as I do.

The exterior is now finished. We painted it once, then decided the masonry should also go grey and then later we painted the frame to the header panel. I’m now happy with the colours and the vinyl lettering added today has finished the exterior off nicely. I will not miss perching on the ladder precariously balanced on the uneven payment, painting whilst hanging on for dear life to the header panel while lorries pass by!

When the floor was being fitted I took a day out from the painting to pop to IKEA and get some of the furniture including some bargain tables which match our colours perfectly. Mum has been hard at work (mis)assembling flat pack. More furniture is planned but we want to get the basics in and see it with the stock and some customers before we commit to where the brick’n’mix and make a minifig will end up. Expect it all to evolve a little given time.

We were planning on having standard shop shelving but I’m really not keen on the horrid beige basic stuff. Luckily the guys at On&On (www.madebyonandon.com) have helped us out with a gorgeous powder counted aluminium system which will be going in this Friday. It’s an amazing solution and beautiful to behold. It should take quite a bit of stock too!

We were hoping that we might get open this weekend but there are still just a few too many jobs to get done and unfortunately our counters arrived today and one is damaged so will need to be returned 🙁

I guess you are wondering when we will open and I’m sorry to say I still can’t tell you. I can say it will be very, very, soon and at short notice. Basically as soon as we are ready, probably Wednesday 12th or Thursday 13th, definitely in time for the Easter weekend.

Looking forwards to seeing you there!

Weeks Two and Three: The Wickes White out

Weeks Two and Three: The Wickes White out

I had intended to write this a little more regularly so I’m sorry that its been a whole two weeks. I can at least tell you that we are now making some good progress and we will likely open in another two to three weeks. We have now finished removing all the stuff which was either unwanted,Continue Reading

Week One: A life of grime.

So we have now had the shop for a total of a week and I thought I’d update you on our progress… The new shop is currently in a poor state but I know it has plenty of potential. It has no power and the plumbing is in such a poor state that we doContinue Reading

We got keys!

We got keys!

So this weekend we can finally confirm that the deal is done and we now have a permanent St Albans shop. You may or may not know but we’ve been searching for somewhere to call our own for a very long time, maybe 18 months now. I have spent many a morning cycling local streetsContinue Reading

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