I don’t do things by halves and the new shop is no different! I wasn’t happy with the layout of the store – too much space was taken up with a larger corner office & stock room so the first job was to knock this down. Once we had done that the unit looked so much more spacious and I could really see how it was going to take shape. I’m terrible at outsourcing – a control freak I guess! So instead of bringing in an interior designer I set about planning the new shop myself. Using a variety of tools – masking tape on the floors to map out the showcases & cutting out pieces of paper to scale and moving them around on the floor plan, I finally came up with a plan that I am happy with. I remember doing this for our current store and it seemed so much easier, I think maybe my expectations weren’t as high then. There is very little that I would change about our current store so the pressure is on to make the new one better!
The builders are banging away as I type – putting in a new ceiling, back office area and a feature archway similar to the one in our current store. After that they will plaster the walls, rewire, paint, lay the floors, build the new showcases and apply all of the finishing touches! A lot to be done and a short time to do it!
The main reason to move to the bigger store is to create a bigger workshop space. When I opened Stonechat Jewellers approximately 10% was being made in store. This number has increased to 40% and we have certainly outgrown our tiny workshop space! We are so looking forward to having practical space to work in and all of our tools accessible all of the time.
The biggest change in terms of design for the new shop is that we are bringing the jewellery workshop to the front of the store. No more hiding our tools away in the back of the shop – our workshop is what makes us different and we want customers to be able to see when we say handmade jewellery we really mean handmade! Looking forward to keeping you updated of our progress.