If you haven't heard (read) the big news, my Mom and I are opening a craft and furniture store in Downtown Monroe, Georgia! At the end of the announcement post, I mentioned that one of the most exciting parts of this journey was finding the location. I'm going to start from the beginning and if at any time you fall asleep from my granny story telling, you can scroll down to the pictures.
Image via Downtown Monroe's Facebook Page
I knew the location was going to be in Downtown Monroe because it's such an adorable area and the Downtown Development Authority does so much to help and promote businesses! I kept a close eye on pretty much every space that was available, but the spaces were either too small or too big. I became a little obsessed and set up an email alert every time a space was listed on Craigslist -- and that's how I found this space. The listing had a picture of the outside of the building and a short description on how the landlord would renovate it before the tenant would move in. My heart jumped when I saw the picture because literally the day before I was riding around downtown (I told you I was obsessed) and thought, "I wish someone would do something with that building!" Crazy, right!?
I made an appointment to see it on February 29 and, despite it's crazy, run down state, I fell in love. A few days later, the landlord called me and asked if I wanted to be a part of the renovation -- um, can you say DREAM COME TRUE!? I'll be working with a contractor to make this building exactly what I want/need it to be.
Everything has kind of fallen into place (with a few bumps along the way) since then and I just keep praising God for allowing me to step through the doors He's opening.
Now onto the before pictures!
The outside of the building! We'll keep the original brick on my building, but we will repaint the alleyway. The store next to it (the white/green one) will be painted as well.
The current front door will be turned into a window.
The garage door will be transformed into double doors for the main entrance.
The space is broken up into three small sections. The first part:
The first staircase that leads to nothing. It used to lead to the store in front (I guess our space was more like a back room / storage area back in the day):
The second (and largest) section:
The other staircase that leads to nothing. Well, in all fairness it does lead to the upstairs storage area, but you can't access the bottom of the staircase to actually walk up it, so it's kind of pointless.
And the third, scariest section:
Most of the walls in this section are tongue and groove wood, so we are going to remove it and reuse it in other areas of the store.
The "bathroom" -- I put it in quotes because it's pretty much nonexistent right now.
The equally scary closet:
A few amazing details:
All four walls will (hopefully) be brick once we remove the plaster, pegboard, or drywall.
The floor needs to be leveled, but will stay concrete!
There's a sky light! Hopefully we can remove the metal cage and we'll repair the broken window panes.
Now that you've seen the space, here's what we plan to do:
- remove all of the walls so it's one large, open space
- remove the upper level storage area (and staircases) to reveal a beautiful wood ceiling and beams! The height of the space will be around 16 feet!!
- the hot water heater/grease trap will be removed and a smaller, under the sink water heater will be installed in the new bathroom
- the entire bathroom will be redone (obviously lol)
- new electricity and plumbing
Of course there are more details to the remodel, but I don't want to bore you to death! Plus, if we're being honest, I'm not sure if I could explain them even if I tried. Thankful for our awesome contractor, Mike! The entire renovation should be completed in the middle or end of June, if we're on schedule.
In our next renovation post, I'll share the treasures that we found in the storage space! Make sure you follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and subscribe to our posts so you can see progress pictures as we go along!