Liz and I have some super exciting news!!! A couple of Wednesdays ago (November 30th to be precise - yes, I haven't blogged in forever) we presented our business plan for Needlework to the loan review committee at the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. The presentation went well, with lots of good positive and constructive feedback. That afternoon (while I was sitting at the One of a Kind Show) my phone rang and I got the wonderful news that we were approved for the loan!! Amazing! All systems are a go!
We've started placing fabric orders, signed the lease on our new space, bought a couch for the shop, and have cutting tables waiting to be assembled. We just need to set up our website (a work in progress), order a lot more fabric, finalize and order notions, buy some sewing machines, tables, chairs, check out counter, paint the building, get a sign made...and do a gajillion other things!!! Neither Liz or I have any background in business, so this is going to be a fun and interesting learning process. But we're up for it!
Since we had the keys to 174 James Street North (!) in time, we decided to whip something up for the December Art Crawl. We set up a quick window display, and handed out candy canes and coupons for a free 1/2 hour of our sew by the hour studio time. We'll be doing this again at the January Art Crawl. Probably without the candy canes, but maybe with something else!
We're so excited, and hope that you will join us on this adventure! Soon we'll have a Needlework blog (and twitter and facebook accounts!) up and running, and you'll be able to follow our progress there.
FUN!! EXCITING! YAY! HOORAY!
Thanks to friends and family for all your input and help! This is just the beginning.