Wow ! what an amazing night. My first day of trading had me rushed off my feet with so many well wishers. I had unbelievable support from the local community, friends and family. It could not have been a better day. My shop is now open for business Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5 with a late night club on Wednesdays until 8pm.
I must say a massive thank you to my sister who worked so hard to help create the window displays which look brilliant, and ran around yesterday serving, tidying up, selling and updating the social media. Without her I would have struggled to keep up.
I am looking forward to this Sundays Christmas Fair in Fore Street, I will be opening up for the afternoon with mulled apple juice and mini mince pies for the shoppers. Do pop in to say hi, and enjoy the live music on Fore Street.
My write up in this weeks Journal
A massive thank you to Francesca Taffs and Mike Southon for my article in today’s North Devon Journal. I cannot believe how brilliant it is. I have already had lots of messages from people who have seen it. Hopefully it will create the buzz about the business that I am aiming for.
I have had a great day today, I spent this morning with John Russell http://www.johnphoto.co.uk/ who has been wonderful enough to teach me the basics on my camera that I won with Florence Finds. Who knew how much lighting can change the texture of a product? He explained all the key elements to produce a simple but functional photo, I now need to practice with F Stops, ISOs and white balances to get the best option. See the photo below of me at John’s studio in South Molton. His commercial work is very impressive, I will be sure to get in contact with him again for promotional shots when I get to that stage.
John and me at his studio
I got home at lunch time to find the “gift” my parents have bought me for my shop. I realise this is not something that most people get excited about but I have a brand new fully programmable till !! I am so chuffed, I was expecting to be making do with a heavy box and hand written receipts until I started having enough customers. But they believe I will have enough people in from day 1 to need a quick way of offering receipts and keeping accounts. I am so grateful that I am getting this on top of all the help they have given me. Thank you!
Also I should mention that I got a key this week ….. woooo hoooo !!!! The builders are still in and working hard, but for those of you watching the shop the next few weeks should show bigger changes J
Finally I spent the afternoon with a mentor from South West mentors called John, who is helping me nail out some of the legal requirements and financials. So a big thank you to him for the hours he will have to spend over the next week working it out for me.
Maybe I should retitle this post as thank you ! I am sure there are lots more I need to say but might spread the rest out so that I don’t become to gushing. For all the brilliant people who have offered help, contacts and support thank you, I am a very lucky person!