After years of dreaming about owning my own shop, I actually sign on the dotted line on Monday !
I received an unexpected call yesterday from the landlord of a property I fell in love with when I saw it recently. The shop was newly up for rent but already had somebody else lined up to take over (luckily) for me the lady still has a property to sell in France and wasn't in a position to move as quickly as I was.
Today feels a bit like the morning after the night before. I am feeling excited but really nervous too. This is is not a decision I have taken lightly. I've given it lots of though and looked at many, many potential shops spaces in recent years.
Can I make it work ?
Can I earn enough to afford it ?
Will people come and buy ?
What do I sell ?
How much do I rent space out for to other independents ?
How will I manage the childcare ? Holidays ? Sickness ? etc etc etc
All I know is the space, although tucked away at the back of town (Exmouth) has so much potential. Needs very little work to get it up and running and has a wonderful sunny outside walled space ! My instincts said go for it and so I have.
Here are some pics of how it looks at the moment.
I have big plans.
wish me luck .....
Inside, looking from the back of the shop. All the stock belongs to the current seller.
From the front door looking back into the space
My hubby with that "here we go again" look on his face. He knows his considerable skills are just about to be called upon.
The outside "walled garden" can you see it !!! can you imagine how it might look ???