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Opening A Small Business in 2021 Update…Staying Positive During A Renovation Standstill

It’s both exciting and daunting to realize that we are just a little over 10 weeks away before we are slated to open the Bailey Builds Collective building to the public.  With all that is happening around here, we thought we’d give a little update.  There are so many moving parts to keep track of, but we have a great team on board!

We are waiting on lots of things to come together.  We have completed as much investigative demo that we can do.  There are still studs and wall structure left that we can’t touch until we get the approval of the city, so that we are sure to stay within code.  We are working with our structural engineer to figure out where the load bearing walls are,  and what kind of beams we put in for the appropriate support.  Once we get their guidance, we can pull permits and begin working on the next phase.

We realize, through experience, that opening a new space is always difficult.  -But during 2020 and 2021 it’s very difficult, with it’s own set of unique challenges that weren’t as prevalent before the pandemic.  We’re trying to stay proactive and work on the simple things ourselves, while we wait for other parts to fall into place.  We have continued to push forward, through projects such as leveling the floors in our upstairs space.  We had planned to buy construction grade plywood for underlayment, which is a perfect example of how Covid has impacted how we do things.  Construction plywood used to be $18 a sheet.  -Now, it’s $50 a sheet!  It was actually less expensive for us to create our substrate with cabinet grade plywood.  So, needless to say, our studio floor upstairs has a really nice floor!  A floor that you’ll never see, as it will be finished up with durable vinyl laminate.

Another area that we have had to think outside the box is with the sourcing of our displays and fixtures for our retail space.  Our friend designed the space around specific items, but most everything is sold out, with extended delay times.  As we have set our goal to be open at the beginning of June, we have had to come up with alternatives to make our deadline.  So we took a day trip down to IKEA and bought, as many as they had in stock, of some really basic pieces of furniture that we can DIY hack.  There will be a lot of things that we need to build from scratch.  So, if you’ve ever wondered how to DIY a retail store, follow along with our adventure of the Bailey Builds Collective!  We’re even creating some DIY display windows for inside the building, as we can not order them in time.  Despite the hiccups along the way, we are committed to opening, and we’re on track for the same opening timeline.  We have a great crew of people working for us who are willing to jump in with what needs to be done, when we get the ok.  So right now, it’s the waiting game.

It seems our faithful shop dogs are enjoying all the creative energy.  Even Oakley, as you may have heard last week, managed to pen a rap about all the fun.  We keep selling our product through all of this, thanks to all of you!  We have been able to hire another full time staff member.  We are so excited to have our longtime friend, Matt, join our team.  He has been involved in the design of our new space and is now working in the woodshop with us, helping us build and finish things.  He gives great feedback when we throw out new ideas, and we’re lucky to have that addition to our team.

We’re rolling with the punches as they come along.  We have a plan, but sometimes we have to wait a week or two to move forward.  But when we really get moving on this project, hold on!  It’s going to be a great ride!  We are go getters, and it may look like it comes easy… but it doesn’t.  We have just learned to have a positive attitude and keep moving forward with our goals.  Sometimes we have to take breaks, but we pick right back up when the light turns green, or we find another way.  It comes down to working hard and having a “glass half full” mentality.  Being optimistic, even about the challenges in our way, gives us the invitation to be innovative and creative, and push the limits.

Stay tuned, and come along for the ride!