Today is the shop's 16th birthday. We opened on Saturday March 28, 1998 at our first location on Park Street. We spent 6 years at that location, moving to Webster Street in 2004 (after our space was leased to a restaurant). After 6 years on Webster Street we moved to our present location, in large part to improve our parking situation.
I thought you might enjoy a few photos of the various shop locations if you've not seen them before. Park Street was about 1,200 square feet of retail space. Webster Street closer to 4,000 square feet and our Clement address provides us with 3,000 square feet. I do sometimes miss the intimacy of the space on Park Street but definitely not the parking problems :-)
Park Street Window (yes, we do occasionally miss having a window display)
Anne (Gloriana Threads) when she worked for the shop before Gloriana Threads took off!
When we moved to Webster Street the walls and ceiling were both white...
so after we'd been there for about a year we painted the walls purple. With 18' tall ceilings this helped make it seem a little less cavernous.
Being on two "main" streets parking became a real issue for us so in 2010 we decided to find a space with better parking options and off the beaten path. Our current location was built in the 1950's as a pencil factory (Listo) and we've got lovely post and beam construction with a fabulous ceiling. We get a number of people who wander by (especially from the golf store across the street) attracted by the ceiling and the pretty threads on the walls.
After looking at a lot of different space options in 2010 this felt like home to us - you know that feeling when you enter a space and it feels comfortable. We love the light, airy feel and the layout feels bigger than our previous space even though it's smaller. We have of course, filled it to the brim!
We also want to wish Happy 16th Birthday to Lakeside Linens, who celebrate on the same day!
Thanks to all of you who continue on the stitching journey with us. We appreciate your business and continued support. Stop by Saturday March 29th for some tasty treats and to take advantage of our "Egg"cellent Anniversary Sale!