These last few months, us Otion girls have been working non-stop at coming up with a plan for the store re-model and the Crafter’s Corner. We had people coming in daily asking to make lip balm, bath bombs, and other products in-store. And unfortunately we weren’t set up to offer that. We’ve always wanted to offer more then just melt and pour soap, and this was our chance!
There were piles of notes and doodles to try and see if we could make everything fit in our little store. Not to mention trying to pick out a new paint color, how we were going to paint, and when! But we sat down (multiple times) and came up with a plan, and we did it!
If you stopped into the store in the last few weeks, you have seen small changes. New label designs, new paint color, shelves were no longer orange and yellow, etc. We had been trying to get the small things done before we were closed for the two days before the Grand Opening. We couldn’t have done any of this without the help of Samantha’s dad Geoff, Calie’s mom Kim and her step-dad Mark for all of their hard work! Geoff painted the store, Mark put all the backing on our shelves, and Kim cut out and helped put up the ‘Crafter’s Corner’ and ‘Soap’ vinyl decals in the store! And of course we couldn’t do this without the support from Anne-Marie and the whole Bramble Berry team. Thank you ALL from the bottom of our hearts! We couldn’t have done any of this without you!
We have been taking pictures from the very beginning to the very end and wanted to share with all of you! We hope you enjoy the new Crafter’s Corner as much as we do!
The first step was to paint! The girls started moving everything to the center of the store so Geoff could get his ladder and equipment in to paint over the purple for us! We sure do love the gray!
Sadly we said goodbye to our beloved copper table! In order to make room for the four stations in the Crafter’s Corner it meant we had to get rid of the big copper table! We have done countless soap bars, projects and lunch breaks on it. We were very sad to see it go, but Bramble Berry has the privilege of having it now.
Slowly but surely we got our four shelves painted! If you remember, they used to be orange and yellow, now they are gray and match the rest of the store!
You find the weirdest things when re-modeling. We found this cute little guy stamped onto one of our shelves!
Calie’s mom Kim cut out vinyl letters so we could put up ‘Crafter’s Corner’ and ‘Soap’ on the walls! We love how they turned out and at some point, hope to put up a few more words.
For the two days we were closed, you could hardly walk in the store! We had stuff EVERYWHERE! But we somehow managed to get around!
Calie’s step dad Mark came in and attached painted boards to the back of our fixed oil shelves. We painted the backs with chalk board paint so we can put fun drawings for the Crafter’s Corner people! None of us are exactly ‘artsy’, so we’re still waiting to figure out what to put on it.
Sometimes its hard to tell who works at Otion when the store is full of people, so we decided to make matching shirts!
The Grand Opening! We had people lined up at the door and all four stations in the Crafter’s Corner were filled in minutes! We even had a waiting list! We have heard nothing but positive feedback from everyone who came to the Crafter’s Corner and we couldn’t be more thrilled! It’s so exciting to finally have people see how hard we have worked and all the countless hours we’ve put into this! It sure makes it all worth it.
Thank you all so very much for coming to the Grand Opening of the Crafter’s Corner and being so flexible with all the messes, being closed and the chaos! We have wonderful customers!
And a huge thank you to Bramble Berry for all of their support! For putting up blogs regarding the Crafter’s Corner and being there for any questions we had!