I am still pinching myself. I knew this was going to be a good year for me, that big and exciting things would be happening. But I had no idea it would be happening so fast!!! I decided recently that I was going to start looking for a retail space. I am beyond burned out on working from home. I miss people. I want to be able to see the joy in someone’s face when they purchase that perfect piece, not just hear about it over the internet. I want to be able to turn things over as fast as I can buy them. There are so many reasons!!! It has always been my dream to be a vintage shop owner. I’ve been an entrepreneur at heart since I was a young adult but it always seemed out of my reach. But things fall into place just as they should, and now THIS IS HAPPENING!!!!! I had some ideas of where I might set up shop. There were a couple of people I knew that might be open to the idea of renting me a small space. But when I tried to work up the courage to ask, I just couldn’t do it. There was a reason for that. When I got online the other night and decided to just start searching for commercial space there it was. It fell into my lap like it was supposed to be. So I sent an email and heard back almost right away, the next day I went to check out the space. It. Was. So. Perfect!!!!!! It is right in the heart of downtown Sugarhouse. Right where I want to be! This area is booming and right near Westminister College. I have a small 428 sq ft space, which is absolutely perfect for me. I have windows and a back room for my office/sewing. It is inside of another existing business owned by a very sweet lady named Bekke. I got really good vibes from her when we met, and I just knew it was meant to be. Immediately I got started trying to apply for a line of credit to get this started. Fail. Since quitting my office job back in July, I have been using a credit card for all of my business expenses, and that card is almost maxed out now, which is greatly affecting my credit score. So, I decided I had to take a leap of faith and use my savings. I know that I will be successful here. There is no doubt in my mind. Sugarhouse needs a vintage shop, and now they will have one! I am already going crazy working out the details in my head. I am scheduled to open March 1st with a tentative Grand Opening celebration on March 6th. Yay!!!!!
I feel so lucky and blessed to be able to do what I love to do. None of this would have ever been possible without the overwhelming support and love that I receive from my husband Thom every day. His faith in me has been what has kept me going and given me the self confidence to get where I am today. I know I don’t get personal on here too often, but I want to include this picture of Thom and I. I am so in love with this man. I searched and searched for him, I was single for 9 years after my divorce. I was fine with being alone for the rest of my life. I didn’t want it to be that way, but I would rather be alone than to be with someone who I am not crazy about. We have so much fun together, he makes me feel special everyday, like I am his top priority. I wish every woman could have a partner like mine!!!
So now it’s getting the business license and getting everything ready to open. I am so ready for this!!!!! If you are local, you should definitely stop by and say hi when we open. I’ll be at 2166 S Highland Dr, in the lower level of One World Gifts. I’ll keep you updated!
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