12.05.2012

Small Store Sensation!

Retail businesses are finding new ways to thrive these days.
From shared leased spaces to pop-up shops and events to home-based locations,
we're seeing proof that 'Where there's a will, there's a way'.

I recently worked on a small retail shop located in a garage on rural property.
Yes, you heard that right:
A garage.

you're just dying of curiosity now, aren't you?!
 


see the whole process after the jump...





It took two weeks from start to finish on this project!
Here's a pictorial 'project in progress'...
Before - during drywall:
[note the original garage door, the barn door on the ground, 
and the metal awning shown in a photo with the garage door]

After replacement of the garage door with the barn door and french doors, 
paint, and adding the exterior awning:
Permanent lighting was installed and several architectural features were added.
[including a 'wall' of old doors and shutters to screen off utilities,
shutters on the window, and metal and wood awnings to delineate zones]
Fixtures and Props were brought in, then loaded with product.
The final result was a large, open space with high ceilings
[and large mirrors that worked like windows to expand the effect]
that is inviting, charming, and functional.
This is a seasonal store that opens for a weekend each season of the year -
and it will be restyled and restocked each time, with a whole new look.
The light, bright white color scheme creates the perfect backdrop for that.

Yes, it really WAS a garage.
But most people who came to the opening didn't even realize it!
Some asked how old the barn was. ;0)


Lesson:
Architectural elements and creative use of materials
can create atmosphere in ANY space. 
And it doesn't have to cost a fortune, either.
Less than $250.00 was spent on all of the supplies and details shown.
[smart shopping, thrifting, and Craigslist ;0) ]


Now... what can you do to YOUR space? No more excuses!
 

1 comment:

  1. Wow Debi, that is amazing! And for only $250.00? More amazing!!! It looks like it would be a fun place to shop too:) Have a great week.
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

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