Hey friends! If you haven't seen all of the before pictures of our new retail space, check them out first! You won't even recognize what the space looks like now! Let's jump right into the progress pictures because I'm so excited!
Before demo, my parents and I went through the building and removed any items that we wanted to reuse. The storage area above had broken record players, cool music magazines, old camera parts, and a few displays! From what I understand, the storage area was used for the music and camera shop that was on Broad Street back in the day. Here's one of the record players that my friend Colton is going to repair and I will use at the shop for music:
One of the coolest things we saved in the building was the tongue and groove wood that was on the walls. We originally thought it was just in the bathroom area, but once my Dad removed the peg board/paneling, there was treasure underneath -- more tongue and groove!
He removed every board -- Dad of the year, for sure! We're not sure if we'll reuse the wood on the bathroom and storage walls, or somewhere else, but it will definitely be reused. Before we start on the demo pictures, I just want to give a huge shout out to McClellan Homes (the general contractor) who is doing all of the hard work and letting me take pictures haha!
As you can see in the picture below, the garage door and the front door have been completely removed. Remember, the area where the garage door used to be will become the new front entry and the area where the front door used to be will become a large window. I can't wait to see how the original architecture will shine!
The walls and the attic/storage space above have been removed revealing beautiful brick walls, an amazing wood ceiling, and an even more amazing wood beam! I'll just let the photos speak for themselves...
I wanted my parents in the picture above so you can see how high the ceilings are! The sky light and beam combo make me want to cry happy tears!
Today we talked through where the bathroom and storage area would be and what we would do with some of the building's quirks... like this window space:
this door area that used to lead into the other store buildings:
and how to get more of that stubborn plaster off of the walls:
It doesn't even look like the same space anymore! Every time I go by, I'm blown away that I have the opportunity to be a part of this and open my own store.