I'm sitting at the counter of the Market and I can hardly believe I'm writing this -- the Revolutionaries Market Renovation is done and our Grand Opening was incredible! If this is your first time here, make sure you start with these posts first to see where we started:
I have SO many pictures, so bear with me! I'm going to jump right into it!
It took us a while to get the front just right, but I love the way it turned out! The glass storefront is so beautiful and gives the store a lot of natural light!
Monroe Downtown gave us these adorable planters to use in the alleyway! It's amazing how paint and plants can completely change a space!
(As you walk in the front door)
The large mantel piece was the original header above the garage door. I saw them tear it down during demo and luckily they saved it for me! I paired it with some chippy corbels from my friend Michael, and my Dad secured it to the wall (which was a HUGE job in itself!)
My Dad also built the counter with the tongue and groove wood that we salvaged from the building. It's the same tongue and groove wood that is continued in the recessed areas of the store.
Our register was made by the talented guys at WOODESIGNERS. Scott and Tom were so amazing to work with!
View from the counter:
On the other side of the wall of doors, you'll find our classroom:
My Dad built the table too (I know, he's amazing)! He used wood that we saved from the building for the top. I love all of the character it has!
Right outside of the classroom is our Paint / DIY area! We used the recessed area as a "built in" shelf for our General Finishes products!
We used an old ladder to display our BB Frosch products which include Chalk Paint Powder, clear & dark wax, and paint & wax brushes.
Then we have our hardware, sand paper, and other DIY supplies! The table in the middle was made with the original bathroom door and the blue piece on the right we found in the building as well.
On the other side of the room is the "coffee corner" where my friend Crystal is selling cute coffee cups and hand-painted signs!
(Photo above by Hipster Perspective)
Next to that is the other recessed area that used to be a window:
Then, we have hand-made and hand-stamped jewelry from my friend Jessica at Beyond the Stars Boutique.
It's really quite dangerous that her jewelry is in the shop because I want. all. the. things. (Especially the junk lover necklace above!)
Next we have our fabulous prints by Hipster Perspective. Josh is not only a talented graphic designer (he did my logo) or website designer (he designed my website), but he is an amazing friend. He helped me stage, price, clean, or really anything I could think of the week before our Grand Opening. So thankful for him!
While I feel silly for showing you the "after" of the bathroom, it's a pretty big deal because it used to be a hole in the floor and some pipes coming out of the wall.
This piece isn't for sale, so we use it as a display and it's a place for customers to sign up for our mailing list.
That's the full tour! What do you think!?
Every day I walk in and I can hardly believe that my Mom and I own a store! I am so thankful!
Oh, and our Grand Opening? It was AMAZING! I'll do another post next week with the photos from that!
Really quick I must do my "awards speech":
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has helped make this a reality -- Abhiram (the owner of the building who funded the renovation and allowed me to be a part of it), Mike McCllellan (the contractor), the Monroe DDA, my amazing parents and brother, friends who have lovingly listened to me dream and pray about this for years, friends and family who helped paint, clean, etc., family who came from Florida to support us at our Grand Opening, my church family who has prayed and supported me, and SO many who have loved me from afar through this little ol' blog that I started 5 years ago.