Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Opening Day!

Well, that last 7 days has been hard work. Sorry we haven't posted much, but you'll understand we had other priorities.

We opened today at 10 o'clock and our first customer came a minute later (and no, it wasn't a set-up job). A more-or-less continuous stream of customers through the morning too, both locals and visitors - and we're hugely grateful to all of you.

Here's what it looks like. I'm no longer embarrassed about showing pictures of the floor thanks to Ann & Jenny working until midnight yesterday to get it all tidy.



Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Countdown: 8 days to go

It's been kind of busy since Saturday.

Much of that time, and then some, has gone in tying little loops on the ends of about 10,000 strands of beads. We naively thought they would already have little loops on them. Wrong.

Still, what with that and a whole lot of unpacking, building an extra counter and hanging things on walls the shop has gone from looking like this:


To something a bit more like this:

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Countdown: 11 days to go

Yesterday we unpacked and checked off that massive Chinese shipment, turning it from this


to this:


in just over 11 hours.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Startup: Slow boat from China ...

Look at this boat. Big ain't it?


That came all the way from China with a lot of our stock on board. And thanks to the wonders of the Internet we could track it (nearly) all the way here - it's a bit like watching a kettle boil, goes a lot slower when you are paying attention to it.