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!