Friday, 1 January 2010

New Year, New Shop!


HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! I have a tale to tell that I've been dying to share for weeks but nothing was finalised so I couldn't....

A few
weeks ago on a busy Friday afternoon a man walked into my shop and asked me if I had 5 minutes to come and look at a newly refurbished shop space that he was hoping to rent out. Well I'm always up for taking a peek inside peoples buildings so I nipped down the road with him to take a look. I have not been the same since. It changed my world! It was lovely space and had everything I had been asking for whilst struggling with a growing business in a small space. It is a converted ground floor of a house so is very homey and I could instantly see this working for Radiance with all the lamps and home wares. It has a fireplace and alcoves to light and a lovely window.

Then there is another room with a fireplace and large window which would make the perfect light workspace for me. There is a cupboard under the stairs for box storage. THEN there's a storeroom (oh how I've prayed for such a thing) which can also be used as a parcel wrapping room and then a kitchen with more storage and then a shower room/toilet (a big plus as I've had to nip home to the loo for the last 4 years!) AND a yard.

I have not been stopped thinking about it since. It's not a typical shop with a typical shop window. It wouldn't work for any business and I had to weigh up letting go of my huge window and tall ceilings for a smaller (but still beautiful) window in a more prominent location with the extra space that I need. I think I can make the homliness of it really work for Radiance.

If you know Hebden Bridge it's right next door to the lovely Mooch cafe in the middle of Market Street and opposite Dynamite and Ruby Shoesday.

So the negotiations have been made and I'll be getting the keys on the 1st of February so please hold my hand. Here's where I will be planning and thinking and panicking and sweating no doubt. There's ALOT to think about - shop fitting, workshop fitting, signage, logisitcs (how do i keep one shop open and one workshop running whilst creating a new one), painting, financial issues, publicity etc etc etc. It's good timing though. 2010 holds the beginning of a shiny new project for me and Radiance. A blank canvas - a new beginning. Very exciting indeed!

I hope you will come to my grand opening...although as readers of my blog you will have watched the whole thing unfold anyway!

GULP!x

16 comments:

Natasha said...

It's truly gorgeous - what a space! I can't wait to see what you do with it and wish you the very best of luck!

It's a dream of mine to own my own gallery with a little studio out the back one day, so I am completely envious... ;)

Natasha x

rachellucie said...

oh wow oh wow!

however did you keep that schtum?

looks amazing, what a great opportunity to plop in your lap!
Happy New Year xxx

Leigh Shepherd said...

It looks like an amazing space! Good luck, I know just where it is - I'd no idea it was so pretty inside.

Can't wait to see it all finished!

Best wishes for the new year, Leigh x

Ruth Singer said...

brilliant! Looks wonderful now and will look stunning with all your stuff in it, best of luck with getting it all sorted and once it's done - enjoy!

Happy new shop!

Dig The Earth said...

What a fantastic space – wonderful news! Here's wishing you every success in 2010. Happy New Year!

Quernus Crafts said...

Many congratulations! It looks gorgeous - just the excuse I've been needing to come over and explore Hebden Bridge and all its lovely shops! I'll see you in February! Kirsten x

Tracey said...

Wow! that space looks gorgeous! How very exciting! I can't wait to see it lit up with all your gorgeous lamps!

Kirsty said...

What a great space, congrats and happy new year!

Very much looking forward to updates! :)

jax said...

How exciting, those windows are lovely and the fireplace so inviting! So pleased for you and will see you soon!
Good luck Jax x

Lesley said...

How wonderful! Congrats! Here's to a brilliant new year!

whitney-anne said...

How very exciting and synchronous . . lots of luck!

Helen Rawlinson said...

Oh joy to you! All sounds very exciting and a perfect choice! Well done you.

Kiss Prudence said...

Looks amazing! I love that cafe too...very handy! x

Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop said...

what a wonderful and amazing start to the new year

so excited for you hannah dx

Moobaacluck said...

I am so impressed - not just with the shop but with all you have achieved; its amazing. Well done. HOW!

Best of luck - Gabs - Moobaacluck

Jess and Nat said...

Hey Hannah

We are so excited to hear your news. Brilliant that you will be right in the middle of town.

We'll see you very soon.

Love from Jess and Nat

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