August 21, 2012
Would you like the good news or the bad news first?
The good news is that the township has the drawings they need to review the plans for permits. We have not received permits yet, but at least everything is under review. The bad news is…everything else.
As I had initially wanted the store to look like, that will be busting my budget so I have to scale back a lot. And I mean, walls, floors, fixtures…yeah, pretty much everything that will make the store look like what I had envisioned. I wanted barn wood style vinyl planks – POOF! Gone. I wanted rough plaster walls throughout the store – BAM! Yeah right. Metal pipe and flange fixturing – HA! Nope.
I basically have to find to do less of what I want. It’s really disappointing because I’ve had something in mind for a while, but once you start putting numbers to your grand ideas, realty strikes.
The other things that nearly killed me is that fact that opening before Black Friday is going to be tough. That is the thing that is REALLY making me upset. I felt like I had started the process pretty early on, but the fact that getting drawings and finding the contractors took so much longer than anticipated, in addition to being sent back for changes upon other changes on the drawings, ate into my timeline in such a detrimental fashion that the once attainable goal of opening by October has blown up in my face.
To say that this whole process has gone from calm and collected to stressful and anxious is an understatement. I literally told my contractor that if the space wasn’t handed over to me by November 10th, I would be crying. He would see my face, with tears and uncontrollable gasping. I appreciate his honesty because sugarcoating reality will not help me one bit, but it doesn’t make it any less upsetting.
However, throughout my roller-coaster of emotions, I am still no less determined to get this done. I’m opening this store and I’m still holding out hope it will look beautiful, that it will be open in early November, that I won’t be completely broke at the end and that a lobotomy will not be necessary. But just in case, feel free to send me the contact info of your favorite lobotomy specialist who is willing to put me on a payment plan…