THE MASSIVE BEFORE // AFTER POST
July 6, 2013
SPRUCE took over the location on Cornwall Avenue in downtown Bellingham back in March. What used to be a thrift store become additional room for our neighbors, Pure Bliss Desserts, and our shop.
It needed a lot of love, which was equally exciting and daunting. A girlfriend of mine told me early on when I was contemplating the space, “No! That place is so gross.” And while part of what makes me love her is her unabashed honesty, I knew she was wrong on this one. But what can I say? I’ve always liked a challenge. And I knew the synergy with Pure Bliss would be a good fit.
Above on the left is mostly the original space as we took it over – at this point the only thing we had done was tear out the blue carpet. On the right you can see we put up a wall (which houses all our flat gift wrap) to close off the portion that was taken over by the neighboring dessert shop.
Here’s Lloyd. Can we all virtually high five him? He was the magician/trim carpenter extraordinaire that brought to life all my Pinterest dreams and drawings of what I wanted the shop to be. On the left he’s contemplating our dual purpose cash wrap + design bar. On the right is where you can make your purchases or pull up a stool and pour over our stationery books. We currently carry bridal, baby announcements and holiday cards with more to come!
I love me a good statement piece. That’s where our mossy beast came in. A $50 Craigslist find made my crazy dreams true.
After four months of construction plus time for buying and stocking, we quietly opened our doors on Tuesday, June 25.
Huge, enormous thanks to my husband who thought my new endeavor wasn’t totally nuts and put his crew to work on our space. To Andi, owner of Pure Bliss Desserts for thinking of us as a good fit for their neighbors and letting us help them with their mini expansion. To Ethan and Tim, probably the best landlords a gal could wish for… they fully embraced my concept and they never told me “no” during renovation 🙂 To my girls for sharing my excitement and being bought off with gelato and cupcakes on the days they spent far too much time helping me unpack and price inventory. To Michele M. Waite for my stellar “after” photos. And last, but not least, to all the customers who have come in and mirrored our enthusiasm. We are excited to be here and can’t wait to share in your celebrations with you!
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