A New Space: Moving into our new office for Hello Holiday

This weekend I borrowed my mom’s minivan and stuffed it full of every box of inventory we’ve received for the last six months, five clothing racks, three desks and chairs, a couch…all the things we need to move into our new office for Hello Holiday.

My partner Sarah and I have been working temporarily out of her home since we launched our online store for Hello Holiday on the first of October. All of our inventory had taken over her house, it was in every room, and so it’s a huge relief to be in our permanent space at last. So now Hello Holiday has been from CAMP Coworking to my house to Sarah’s house, and finally at 6407 Maple Street in the beautiful neighborhood of Benson.

I took some photos today showing some of our move-in progress. It’s not finished yet–we’re putting up lots of shelving on the brick walls to hold inventory and it’s going to look so clean and fantastic. I can’t wait to get all of our beautiful dresses, jackets, sweaters, and shoes out of these unsightly boxes and organized on shelves so they can get picked and shipped to our customers. Is it pretty? Not yet. But it’s real. It’s real life and it’s real, real awesome.

One thing in my life is the same, always–Alice still comes to work with me every day and she is a busy bee with her own projects to do. She loves drawing, wiping and cleaning things, and every day she picks a toy to bring with her. Today she picked her Playmobil farm.

It’s been a very changing year and I’m making a mental mark on my timeline for this weekend, like many other moments in the last several months. In February when Sarah and I started working on this new business, I never could have predicted all of the peaks and valleys that would bring me to this point.

We found a beautiful space for a wonderful new business that I can’t wait to help develop into something that will not only help emerging designers grow and sustain the work they are passionate about, but change all the rules about access between customers and the great design we all crave. If you’re here on Princess Lasertron because you’re a fan of my work and maybe you’ve been reading for a while, I humbly suggest that you’re really going to love Hello Holiday. If there’s one thing I have experience with, it’s building a bomb-ass customer service experience and I’ve pulled out all the stops for Hello Holiday. Check it out online, and for the locals, we’re excited to be in the neighborhood now!

xx
meg

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8 thoughts on “A New Space: Moving into our new office for Hello Holiday”

  1. Sabrina says:

    Congratulations! That is so exciting :) You make me think I could start my own business one day too, if I wanted…and just to say, I have received excellent customer service so far from Hello Holiday! The very best of luck to you both :)

  2. Where is your new HQ located at in Omaha? It’s an awesome location and my sister is looking for a modern yet vintage looking apartment building.

    1. Megan Hunt says:

      thank you! it’s in benson above lot 2 and krug park. the two other apartments in the space are already rented, but there are many cute apartments to rent in benson. I hope she finds something!

  3. KarliH says:

    “Bomb-ass customer service experience” is an understatement. My two experiences have been nothing short of SUPERB, and I’m in the process of sharing links with my mom to try to do some early Christmas shopping for the ladies in our family! <3

    1. Megan Hunt says:

      thanks karli. :) that’s the nicest thing I could hear! thank you so much for all of your support. you rule.

  4. Gini M says:

    I love the “brass knuckles” kittyface keychain– mine is a bulldog face!

    I ADORE your selection at Hello Holiday. I do have one question…if we are local, would it be possible to pick up an order at your office instead of having it shipped within the city?

    1. Megan Hunt says:

      yes, definitely gini! we’ve had several customers pick up items in our office. we can make you a code for free shipping if you want to do a local pickup.

      1. Gini M says:

        Awesome!!


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Alice Elfie’s Day Off

Alice and I stayed home today so we could start making presents for our family. It's hard to find much time to be together and do any of that between getting off work and bedtime, so we both took a day off! We listened to the Mariah Carey holiday Pandora station all day and had personal pan pizzas delivered for lunch, and ate all the cookies we wanted from a cookie exchange we went to last weekend. Here's what we made, including links!

OOTD: Clothes to covet

Today Alice and I are staying home to work on all of our Christmas gifts together! With my new work schedule, there isn't a lot of time between work and bed to finish any meaningful projects together, so we both took the day off to make and wrap all of our gifts. One thing on my gift list is this outfit. If we don't sell out of my size before the holidays, I'll definitely be buying it from the store. Usually I just buy whatever I want as things come in or order extra for myself, but during the holidays I want to give all of our extra inventory a chance to sell at full price before I snatch it up.

Clark & Company: Young guns in the Omaha music spotlight

This summer was the first time I heard Clark & Company’s music. I was at a friend’s house for a big party and the place was buzzing with lively discussions between friends reuniting and new introductions being made. I heard Clark & Company in the background of all this fun, and it was the kind of sound that you at first think is coming through some speakers somewhere. Soon, singer Sophie Clark’s beautiful, soulful voice caught my ear, and I began paying more attention to the music than the conversation.

Starting a Storefront

So I've never worked clothing retail before. In college I worked at a record store for a while, but it was pretty much exactly like the movie High Fidelity and thus not a legit retail experience. As we were preparing to open our first retail location for the Hello Holiday offices, everyone who knows me kept saying stuff like, "Well, I hope you can handle retail." "I think you're gonna find that running a physical store is a lot different." "Well, I look forward to hearing how THAT goes." It's like when you're a parent and you say stuff like, "I'm planning on taking my kid to work most days," and other parents knowingly go, "Oh, YOU'LLLLLL see."

I opened a store. Here’s what it looks like.

On November 25th, right before Thanksgiving, Sarah and I opened Hello Holiday's first brick-and-mortar location. When we started Hello Holiday, we had no intention of opening a physical store, but one thing we are both good at is seeing opportunities when they arise and reacting to them quickly to take advantage of them. We had had some success with local pop-up shop events, and when a retail space came over in one of Omaha's coolest neighborhoods, we knew we had to take it. We're excited for the store because it'll give us the space we need to grow. The front is the retail showroom, the back will be our offices when we finish construction, and our growing online fulfillment operations take place out of the full basement. With this space, we'll also have the opportunity to carry more independent designers from all over the world and take more risks with designers that would be harder to sell online. When customers can feel the clothing, see the lining, feel the zipper, see how it looks on, they're more likely to feel that emotional connection to these designers. It's not just a connection to an object, to an item of clothing, but a connection to a maker--a designer--who may live thousands of miles away. It's someone we believe in and support, and we're exposing their work to hundreds of thousands of new supporters through our store--both online and now with this physical location.
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