In August of 2006 I discovered my shop site at 940 Park Avenue Meadville,Pa.
Ed Fine had purchased this amazing site orginallyconstructed as the Park Theater,then a bank and finally he purchased 2005.He totally refurbished,repurposed and renovated it to its original state of1956 and then named and reopened in 2005 @thebank. Ed had this wonderful idea to allow individuals to rent square footage thus how my shop evolved. I came in August and immediately was drawn to the space under the steps. I quickly asked him is THAT space available? He said you want your shop under the steps ? I said yes exactly. He said but you will hit your head!
When our daughters were small girls in our laundry room there was a place under the steps that we carpeted and wallpapered it was their playroom as well as many friends. WELL I finally had my own playroom. Did you ever try to decorate under steps??!- pieces of furniture have to be narrow in graduated sizes cheap and unique. I laid out the plans on graph paper and presented them to Ed.
Over the next couple of weeks I set up the space I used old windows and doors hinged together to create walls Started bringing in ALL my suppliies and working on signs to tell people what it is I do. Sent out invitations and refered to it as “MY small cozy corner of commerce” It does look like much but it was a huge task.Name needed to be registered,papers drawn up with the lawyer,tax id forms submitted sales license required.Sign for the window and hundreds of small swatchs of fabric set up in stand. ALOT but I had every day mapped out for my opening day sept.23
I had one week to go before I opened so I agreed to accompany my Mother to Chicago to visit her great grandchildren.Something unexpected happened…………………..