Saturday, January 28, 2012

ReDesigNation: Phase 2

Sorry I've been so quiet on the blogging lately. There's actually been quite a bit going on. My little baby turned one, my church has started a new church plant in East Liberty, lots of refinishing furniture, and we bought a church. Yeah, you read that right, a church. I've been grappling with telling you, but I think it's time. We put an offer in last week, and as long as nothing major creeps up during inspections, Redesignation is going into phase 2 come August.
My husband and I have been looking for a building for some time now that fits both our needs. He runs a landscaping business and needs some land to park his trucks and service his equipment, and well, you know what I need...space. This church is about 1600 sq. ft, which is a little roomier than what I'm dealing with in Squirrel Hill. We had a couple specialist come by because there is a problem with water in the basement (anyone know how to deal with sump pumps?), and we're having a plumber come by on Monday. There seems to be some major plumbing work started, but we're not sure if it was ever finished and we need it assessed by a professional in order to know what we're getting into. If it's not too major, then we'll proceed with a closing date.
If we close on this deal, I'll end my lease in August here in Squirrel Hill and move out to Wilkinsburg. I'll probably scale it down a bit, focusing more on pieces I refinish, and operate (at least initially) by appointment only. I probably won't take on consignments, at least not in the beginning due to not knowing how being located in Wilkinsburg will affect my business.  I'm really excited at the thought of bringing life into an area that's a little run-down. I think that's what ReDesigNation's all about at its core-- taking something a little rough, and polishing it up. There's a couple more storefronts on the street if any of you other entrepreneurs out there are interested! So you tell me...will you follow me there? Do you think location matters as much? I'd love to hear your thoughts.
In the meantime, we're carrying on like normal. I'll keep you updated though. Here are some pictures of the building. Isn't it cute?


4 comments:

  1. Tons of potential there! Congrats and good luck!

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  2. I just sold my children's consignment store here in Irwin, been thinking on a new location!

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  3. Jordan,

    So excited to hear you're moving to Wilkinsburg! YOu should definitely let the Forest Hills/Regent Square Patch (online newspaper) know - I'm sure they'd love to do a story about you :)

    http://foresthills-regentsquare.patch.com/

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  4. Thanks Sarah,
    It's going to take a while...there's lots of renovations to be done. But I'll keep that in mind when we're ready!

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