I have a lot of artists planning to bring us their work, but not a whole lot in the store yet. It's making me nervous, but it's okay. We will open on May 1st with whatever we have. They haven't had a whole lot of time to prepare, and great products take time.
I have several vendors with really great jewelry. I think I can put together a pretty cool jewelry display using some old wood pallets we have out behind our bunk house at home. (Knew those things would come in handy some day!) We also have a bunch of old bricks, glass bricks, wooden boxes and drawers, a couple of old doors, and some old bed springs. I think several of those items will also find a home in the jewelry department. (Oh no! sounds like The Clampetts are setting up shop! Wish me luck!)
Paula Surmann also brought me her display of tiny little miniatures that are very cool. Small little rooms of furniture and tiny bolts of fabric, and other small arrangements. The miniatures display looks very lonely right now, so I hope we get some more items in soon!
The sign for the store has been ordered, and should be up before we are open. (Crossing fingers!) I found out they are planning to paint the store exterior in about a week, so I am really crossing my fingers that they will be done by the time we open too! Everybody knows our start date, so I just have to let them all do their part!
We have also purchased some great advertising. Grizzly Ridge Upcycle will be included in the 2015-2016 Sisters Oregon Guide. They publish 35,000 copies with local and statewide distribution. It publishes Memorial Weekend, and kicks off the tourist season here. The Chamber of Commerce also uses this in their marketing.
I was also told The Nugget will do a feature about our gallery in the next couple of weeks too! I'll keep you posted about both those things in future posts.
Last of all, I wanted to show you some photos we took at the Upcycle Oregon event last Saturday at The State Capital building. It was a lot of fun, and I got quite a few great leads for future vendors in our shop!
Stay weird! And stay tuned for more updates!