Friday, June 29, 2007

We're Finally in Our New Store ...

This morning we opened our doors and received well wishes from our business neighbors. Along with an inspiring card from Sharon and Rich from Humble Heart, Beth and Marlene from Osceola Street Cafe brought over a basket of fresh baked cookies, yummy. I think I might have eaten half the tray. :-
Josephine from Aunt Ds Gourmet brought a fabulous jar of pink, green and white gumballs, Paul and Linda from the Flagler Grill brought over a bottle of Chandon, a California Brut, Tanya from Puppuccino's Pet Boutique brought over a super cute dog bowl filled with doggie cookies and Rippy's favorite, "the stick". Kelly our first and very missed employee brought Rippy a purple flip flop collar. Just adorable.
"Karma" Mary saged our store for good karma, Joanie from The Love Garden, Frank and Jan from Coconut Bay, Lisa from Pelicans and Periwinkles Pam from the Stuart News, and friend Linda and of course Stephen, Monica. Bailey and Anthony Bonanno joined the celebration. Serge our neighbor with his special gal pal, Sandra, gave us a bottle of Dom with a couple of beautiful glasses.
We are truly blessed to have such special people in our lives.

Our first customer in our new location was Kristina from Thurmont MD who found us through MC Morris blog. This was her first visit to Florida and said she had to find us. She ordered her first pair of monogram Bonanno's!
When Domenick and I knew we were moving I started to sketch some ideas on paper as to what I wanted for our new location.
I called in Deirdre Fawcett Peters owner of Portobello Road, Interiors and Antiques in Deephaven MN 952-380-0181, who is a customer of ours. I asked if she would look over what I sketched and help me pull it all together. Between her fabulous ideas, Domenick's tweaking, we came up with this ...
The store front was Realty Unlimited and the room you see was the main office. We removed the walls, added dressing rooms ...

I love the way this room came out. We will add fabric on either side of the dressing room walls to frame the space and I plan to put a big black and white photo of Jackie Kennedy wearing my Dad's sandals. Too cool!
Below is the larger part of the room. We removed the island and added our counter space.

Below is another shot of the retail space. We have lots of windows in the front of the store as well as the back. It just feels very cheery inside, especially with the fun green we picked for the walls. Check out the detailed pic of our monogrammed seat cushions. You might have to click on the image to get a closer look.
Love, Love, love them!