This has been a long time coming, as we outgrew our small 375 square foot office a year ago (or more)! But finding interesting commercial property that isn’t a zillion dollar retail space in an interesting area near my home was not an easy feat! Luckily, a few months ago I was walking in Newton Center (the shopping/dining area a stone’s throw from my house) and saw a For Rent sign in the window of a lower level building I’ve always loved. And it was in by budget! Since we aren’t retail, I didn’t really want foot traffic so a main level space would have probably been more of a pain. I was a little worried about the light situation since it’s technically basement level- but the wall of windows made it feel bright and of course, we’d install great and ample lighting. Plus I can WALK to work. HUGE bonus as a working mom! So I signed a lease and we move in in February!
Investing in your business on this kind of level is both exciting and terrifying. My old office was pretty cheap so it wasn’t stressful and offered low overhead operationally. This is a much bigger commitment in terms of dollars and years (and square feet- a nice 1,200 of them!) We have to completely renovate this space (as you will see) and that is both thrilling and terrifying! It feels like placing a giant bet on myself, which, for someone like me, isn’t easy. I have been operating on the fear that everything will disappear at any moment- but after almost ten years in business and lots of success, it’s time to cut that bull out and honor the work I’ve done and my staff has done, to get here with shiny new digs.
All the areas in red are being demoed- we’re installing a new split system which means I get an extra window in the front where the AC unit is. There is a lot of odd wood on the walls and ceilings from the last tenant that we will strip off (as well as the old heating pipes and radiators) to create a really clean, open space (I love the white exposed beam ceiling). I could never work in a stark, carpeted commercial space, so while some may look at this as a dump, I see creative potential!
We can use the area out front for outdoor seating, plantings, etc- which is so nice for the warmer months! We will also probably do some white linen drapes that we can pull shut if needed too. The floor will all be replaced with a vinyl plank pale limed oak which will really open things up.
There is a wall dividing the space right now that will be taken down completely to give us one big open studio. OMG, I cannot wait for ample shelving so we can divide all our samples up into refined categories! It’s the little things like that after years of exploding sample bins that has all of us at EGD really jazzed.
The back area has a drop ceiling and cement floor right now- ALL GONE! Above the drop ceiling are the same beams so that will all be exposed and painted white. And we’ll put a sliding barn door on the doorway which leads into a hall/ storage area and the bathroom (which is so disgusting right now, but just you wait!)
I hope to host pop up shops in the space every now and then and hold events too. It should be a really fun space to utilize for different reasons! Follow along here as we renovate, design and MOVE! I’m sure there will be an opening party in early spring as well :)
So here is the look we are going for– lots of white and neutrals with lots of texture. My parents have an old French antique armoire I am super exited to bring into the space to give it some gravitas. And I’m thinking of doing something fun on the sofa- either a chartreuse, French blue or blush!
Along with this move is some expansion to our team as well. I am looking for two people to add to our roster in the new year:
Please e-mail your resume and any other appropriate materials to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position you are applying for in the title. I will review all applicants after the holidays to set up interviews!