Our quest to open a brick and mortar store is by no means a easy or quick one. We’ve been exploring options for crowd funding campaign perks, writing, and re-writing our business plan as well as inventory lists.
Keeping up with the blog and trying to work full time jobs on top of it is also quite the chore, but it’s all a labor of love. This week we’ve taken a look at our very first retail space. 900 (plus an additional 900 of storage) of beautiful square footage! It helps make the dream seem more real. The space we looked at is located in very popular neighborhood near coffee shops, mom & pop shops, restaurants, and a popular outdoor destination for Madison in the summertime.
It was thrilling to even see a space like that in real life. It’s still a ways off, but it’s helping us put a grasp on how much space we can work with vs. what we dreamed up in our heads with the business plan. While having a sprawling 2,000 square feet of floor space would be fantastic, it’s a little over kill and not very budget friendly. Especially when you tack on possible taxes as well as utilities.
Our ideal location will be somewhere on the near west side of the city. We want to bridge the gap between the downtown bike shops and the far west ones. A neighborhood haunt and reliable pit stop for commuters heading to or from work.
Check out some of the photos below! Cute right?! We’re keeping our eyes open as spring is when most retails spots need to decide if they are renewing or not. It’ll be a fun next few months scouring the city for what may be our future home!