Thank you so much for all the kind comments and e-mails about the store's new home! Your excitement is infectious. This is a big step for me, and there's some trepidation about entering into new territory. But you all are so positive and encouraging that it reinforces my commitment to this change. I'll not only be able to provide you all with an even larger selection of sock yarn and accessories, but this gives me a chance to connect with many of you in person.
Today is Day Two of demo. Yesterday, Strebig Construction started demo on the project and by late afternoon, had already filled two dumpsters with construction debris. The construction company is a well-respected fixture in Fort Wayne, and I feel fortunate to be working with them. If you'd like to see their Facebook page, which features pictures of this project, please take a look and leave comments if you'd like to show your support.
Today, James and I carefully made our way into the building to check out the progress, and it's thrilling what a half dozen professionals can get accomplished in 10 hours of work. This is the view from the front door, just a day before demo: the whole building was broken up into cave-like office space, with a second floor loft cutting off the view of the 14 foot ceilings.
And then last night, Joe and I stopped by to take a look at what had been accomplished. This is the same view. Woah, what a difference. And all these walls are coming down by tomorrow.
Only one day into the demo and we've discovered five different floors throughout (one terrazzo from the original post office- beautiful but likely not salvageable), wall tile (that's from the original post office that we are hell bent on keeping, at least in part), plaster, drywall, some kind of fiber board, pegboard and CEDAR SHAKE. Seriously? Cedar shake on the wall? I mean, take a look at that and tell me what someone was thinking with that one. Covering up the original terrazzo with office carpet is bad, but cedar shake in this building is just plain mind boggling. I feel like we're just taking off layer after layer to get to the center of a tootsie pop.
We have discovered some cool things though. An old enamle mop sink, some milk glass globes that we hope to reuse, and that the plaster ceiling is likely in good enough condition to keep instead of cover with ceiling tiles. But the best thing, to me, is open space. Possibility. The idea of filling this enormous space with sock yarn is intoxicating, isn't it?