Sunday, August 19, 2012

Our New Shop and a Grand Opening

Hello!  I hope you all had a great weekend!
We are finally making some progress on the new shop.  Remember when I said we had a wonderful opportunity come our way involving a great old building right smack 
in the heart of our quaint little town?  
Well here it is!


(Ignore the ginormous pots of trees, they are getting picked up.)

This building is amazing.  The area is amazing and we are honestly so thrilled.
We are making a huge life change to go for our dreams and it is so exciting and scary at the same time but I think that's what life is about, you know?  
Taking a chance and going for what truly makes you happy.


We still have a lot to do, 
even though the inside doesn't really need anything but painting and cleaning.  
Here's a view from the inside.


Pretty cool, huh?
The ceiling is way up there and is decked out with the original tin tiles.


And I'm crazy about the double stacked windows and wood trim.  
I can't wait to polish that up.
Even the view out the window is amazing.  
Love the brick with the vine creeping over it.


And the view down the sidewalk.


There are so many cool businesses and buildings in the historical area of our city and I'm going to be sharing those with you over the next month or so as we count down to our grand opening.

Here's the view from the opposite direction to the left.


This is a great little place to eat, too.
And a perfect little junk store, right next door, where I bought the hutch I recently 
added to our dining room.
I love that place and the owners are so friendly.


So when will the grand opening be?


Our goal is October 15 and not a day later.

Here's what I'm thinking for the window......


(just for design purposes, not really on the windows)

I really would like it to be symmetrical, however, the bar divide down the center of the window is making it difficult for me to figure out how to achieve this. 
Do we put it all on one side of the window?  Or ignore the bar and put the whole thing in the center?  I'm just not sure but I do love it on the window and I love the font.
Would love to hear your suggestions on placement!

We are so excited about this journey!  
And can't thank you enough for your amazing support and encouragement
you've given us here in blogland!

We hope you'll come see us!

50 comments:

  1. I actually like it on the window. Looks rather cool. Is it possible to do the print on the window? Good luck with the store.

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  2. Looks like a great location! Best of luck! I like the print on the windows, although I'm a fan of symmetry so I would try and make both windows balanced. It's just me.

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    1. I'm the same way, Terry. We will probably put the hours on the other side. Still not sure. It's difficult making it symmetrical when there is a divide down the middle of the window. :) And thanks!

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  3. Diana...I love it and it is one of my very favorite fonts. I like it on the window and agree with Terry on making it a bit more balanced. It looks so inviting and timeless! Love to you!

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    1. Totally agree, Lisa! We will probably put the hours on the other side, maybe? That divide down the center is making it difficult.... LOL! xo

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  4. What a wonderful old store front & so much charm & character! Where is your downtown located? Best of luck with your new store! Can't wait to see your progress. My husband & I are renovating an old home in our historic small town, I would love for you to stop by The Corson Cottage sometime:) I blog about our small town lifestyle that I just adore. ~ Carrie

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  5. where is this wonderful little shop and how can we take a fall trip to visit? congrats!

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    1. Hi Heather! It will be located in downtown Siloam Springs, Arkansas which is in the far northwest corner of the state. Thank you! :)

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  6. So pretty! Makes me want to visit your town.

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  7. Congrats! The shop looks fabulous!
    In terms of the window...I think placement is good how you have it. Here's just a random idea...build a backdrop for the wording "antiques and architectural salvage"...maybe out of pallet wood..hang it from the ceiling on inside using old chains...use some antique white paint so the wording "pops". This also give you an area to hang things on the inside of the shop. Use the window space to the right of the wording for all your vignettes...which can easily be changed. It'll be great! Best of luck to you and your family in following your dreams. Amen to that!
    Jen

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  8. Congratulations! Such an exciting event to count down to. Im sure you will do amazing!

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  9. Congratulations! Such an exciting event to count down to. Im sure you will do amazing!

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  10. What a great opportunity for you and your family! I would put it on the window close to the door. I think it would be neat to use the other window for displaying cool pieces while tying in vintage holiday decor for the different seasons.

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  11. It looks great and I'm sure you will make the right decision. You have great vision, can't wait to watch your progress.

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Debbie! Sure needing that right about now! :)

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  12. I would take off the "explanation" words at the bottom and just have the title (vintage accents) which I think explains enough to pique the interest...and then have some kind of graphic/picture in the same type of style? Just my thoughts.

    Best wishes!

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  13. How about getting a logo and using that to balance it out on the other side?

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  14. I've been watching for this post! I can't wait to come visit once you're open. I love 2 Gals Junk store too, I spend too much time there already.

    I like the suggestions given for your sign. Here are some more to think about.

    Write Vintage Accents in a large font, one word in each window & capitalize the first letter of each word. Under Accents in a smaller font put 'Antiques &' on one line then 'Architectural Salvage' on the next line. Have the A in Antiques & Architectural lining up with the A in Accents.

    If you don't like Vintage over by itself then move it all the left window & put Vintage over Accents.

    I'd play around with the margins to see which you like best - either centering them or lining them up all on the left so the first letters of each line are in a row.

    I've been looking for a fireplace mantle to go around my wood pellet stove & add some architectural interest to my living room. Should I wait until you're open before I buy? Do you think you'll have any in your shop?

    I also notice you'll be open for the excitement (chaos) of Halloween. That will almost be as big as your grand opening.

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    1. Hmmm, we don't have a mantle right now but you never know if we might by then! ;) Thanks Jenny!

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  15. oh wow, that is so exciting! Can't wait to see future posts on this. Love the font for your sign. Whatever you decide will look awesome, I'm sure. Congratulations on your new venture!

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  16. How exciting for you! That's such a beautiful building and I can't wait to see pics of your finished shop.
    I like your sign just as you have it but would maybe raise it up a bit on the window. One important thing to remember is that your windows are your prime display real estate and you don't want to block that all out. I love the font you've picked.
    Good luck!

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  17. Yay!!!! How fun! And that store front is nothing short of ah-MAZING!!!!!! You lucky girl, I can't wait to travel your way! ;o)

    Mary

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  18. Absolutely perfect for your needs and what you will be selling ~ I love it! The inside is just gorgeous...and yes, the original tins are beautiful. I'm so very happy for you!

    I like the font you've chosen for the windows and I would place it on both windows. I don't "see" the bar down the middle. Placing a logo would use some of the space under the wording.

    I so wish I were closer ~ I'd definitely be there on opening day...and probably many days thereafter. :)

    xo
    Pat

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  19. I am so excited for you and wish you the best in your venture! Can't wait to read more!

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  20. WOW! and YAY!!!! I love the storefront and interior. I SO wish we lived in a quaint old town....I always love the feel of an old small town and they are the BEST places to find antiques so I am sure your shop will have plenty of customers. :) CONGRATS!

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  21. What a lovely store! Where are you located I can't seemed to remember. I would love to come and shop at your store. :) Congrats

    Saun

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  22. Congratulations! And best of luck in your new adventure. I am sure it is going to be a success :)

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  24. Another thought, in large letters, the window above your door would be a great place for the shop name. It's huge, and people can see it from further away. You could also do this for your window dilemma.

    left pane | right pane

    VINTAGE | ACCENTS
    antiques & | architectural




    Terry
    Charm City Farmhouse
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/CityFarmhouseAntique

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  25. Oh my goodness, Diana! What a beautiful spot! I'm so excited for you and so thrilled that you're following your dreams!
    xo,
    Shannon

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  26. Oh my goodness Diana....I am OVER THE MOON excited for you!!! What an awesome location, definitley a diamond-in-the-rough, and I can't wait to see what you create from this fabulous chunk of coal!

    I pray God will bless you & Johnny as you begin this new adventure. Your dad would be SO proud of you!♥

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  29. So, I've been reading your blog for about a year now and just love your house and your ideas. I had no idea where you lived... until I scrolled through this post and came to Fratelli's! I went to JBU and the owner of Fratelli's taught a couple of my classes! Small world!

    So, how about something like this for the window with a bit more imagery?
    http://flic.kr/p/cW5TWA

    -Emily

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    1. Wow! Small world, huh! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I would put the Vintage Accents on one side (the left), the word Vintage on top of Accents, and on the other side, Antiques & Architectural Salvage. Vintage Accents is really the main part of your business identity and the words should appear together - you can achieve the same look then on your print pieces.

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  31. I think the font is great as well as the placement. You could use the other window space to kind of display different pieces as well as decorate it with themes for different holidays/seasons/etc...

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  32. How exciting Diana and SUPER cute. That location is PERFECT. I definetly want to come see it and the family.

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  33. I like the idea of it all Centered on the left window. I like symmetry though.. lol. The right side should be a window display.. possibly with the store hours in a much smaller font size. Less is more! I'm quite sure your product in the right side window will be awesome. COngrats!

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  34. Diana, the location of your store seems to be absolutely perfect, and I love how you found a building not only in the perfect location, but also with a ton of character! I'm looking forward to reading about your progress.

    I'm definitely a fan of symmetry as well, but I think you should save the window on the left to display some really great items to draw people in - perhaps with a well styled rustic farm table (which I know you and hubby can build!). I also like Simply Jen's idea for building a backdrop behind "Antiques & architectural salvage" to make the wording really pop.

    Good luck!

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  35. You know that window just above the door? I think it would all go well there and then also have a small one on just the one side of that window.

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  36. That is soooo fantastic!!! Congrats on your new adventure! I love the details on the ceiling ... it is going to look so beautiful =D

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  37. The place is wonderful, Diana. I can imagine your store will be packed with people on your opening. Yeah, the window looks great, but it needs a little touch-up. Good luck with all your projects. =)


    -Katy Desroches

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