Yesterday, I announced that we are opening a new, additional gallery location on Main Street. Over the next several days I’ll be sharing posts about how the expansion came about and what the process has been for opening the new gallery.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the opportunity came about unexpectedly, and once we worked through the details, we realized it was too good to pass up. We signed the lease last Friday, October 30th, with the space becoming ours on November 1st. The space was already largely move in ready. The building has long been occupied by galleries, and the previous tenants had done a lot to improve the showroom.
The gallery did need a fresh coat of paint and some other cosmetic fixes. Not wanting to waste a moment of our lease, we decided we better get to work painting. Because of the short timeframe, I didn’t think it would be possible to line up a paint contractor, and besides, as I’ve mentioned previously, I love to get our kids involved in the family business.
The landlord let us in on Saturday morning to paint, and the whole family got to work. Our four kids, my dad, and Carrie and I grabbed rollers and went to work. We started early and the job took all day. Carrie and the kids left at about 4:30 to get ready for trick-or-treating (I’m a harsh task master, but not that harsh!) My dad and I stayed and kept painting. When we rolled out of the gallery at 11:00 p.m., things looked fresh and Xanadu-like.
On Monday morning we began moving art into the space and hanging. Fortunately we always carry a reserve of inventory in our warehouse and had a good body of work to draw from. By the time we were finished Monday, however, I had pretty much depleted that additional inventory and emptied our warehouse. In the days since, I’ve been reaching out to some of our artists to get additional inventory, and I’ve also opened a call for art to add 3-5 additional artists to the Xanadu family to take advantage of the new space.
In upcoming posts I’ll share my thinking and strategy with the new space, as well as additional glimpses into the process of setting up the new gallery. Stay tuned!
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