On April 1, 2011, Helen and I left our reasonably well paying jobs and entered the world of self-employment. We had decided a few months earlier that the time was right to open a retail store and move our on-line business into the “real life” world. We looked at several sites, some better than others, which we will blog about later this week. The store we finally chose can be found at 9 Monmouth Street in Red Bank, NJ.

We started working full time at getting it ready on April 2, 2011. In eight short days, we went from this

to this

From this

to this

And from this

to this

Another two days to add a second coat of white paint and a little bit of color to the walls and we arrived at this …

Not to mention adding some cheerful fabric to cover the wall that looks like a blind person installed it …

Two weeks from the day we started, we opened our doors. And now, with a little bit of inventory thrown in, it looks like this ….

We could never have done this without the help of Robin DeGroot, our friendly designer. He took our ideas and polished them up for us, helping us turn it into a real store. We are deeply in his debt! And to think we met him on Twitter – I love Social Media!

Also, without the hard work of my parents, especially my mother, we would never have finished in the time we did.

So, please – stop by if you’re in the area and say hello. We’d love to meet you IRL!

Mary Beth


3 responses to “THE STORE

  1. Pingback: What’s new with you? « Cats, Books, Life is Good

  2. Good for Robin, I know I am late in commenting on this, but it looks lovely, really vibrant! Good luck with it! 🙂

  3. PG – thank you! We are having so much fun:) If you ever get to a point where you’re selling your animals over here, please let us know. They would fit in perfectly!

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