Things are coming together and there appears to be a light at the end of our very crowded, raw yarn-filled tunnel. If you’ve been to the 4th Avenue studio recently, you’ll know, there’s barely a foot-wide pathway through our entry hall into the studio. There’s so much yarn coming in and going out, and we’ve even added two more bodies to the studio, it’s becoming quite a squeeze. Constantly bumping into each other or having to crawl under racks of yarn to get from one table to another has gone beyond being mildy amusing… to pretty frustrating.
I’ve been looking for a new studio space for at least a year and a half now, and it’s been tremendously difficult because rents in Vancouver are especially high and the spaces are all extremely small or extremely large. I started actively courting our new studio space back in September and worked on the legal stuff all through October (while also juggling the incorporation of our business at the same time), and then the building proposal and drawings were submitted to the city in mid-November. Of course, with the holidays putting a damper on everyone’s workflow, we didn’t see the building permit approved until January 30, six weeks later.
But I’m so happy to say that I’ve been visiting the new studio space every couple days and things are progressing as far as I can see. The landlord is building out our shell space to include a second floor for our offices and a proper place to have lunch (the $5 Canadian Tire stool perched between bins of twisted yarns is not really my dream for how our girls have lunch every day). And on the main floor, we’ll be setting up the production dyeing area as well as a very small retail area for our on-hand yarns. There will be a separation too between the two areas so that I don’t have to worry about customers slipping on the wet floor and cracking their skulls open (something I worry about every time someone comes to visit right now… mainly, because I’ve slipped and fallen in the studio before myself). Last week, I saw that the main floor had been framed. And this week, the stairs and the upstairs offices have also been framed. I see electrical going in and hopefully this means we’re getting close.
The new studio is located at the opposite end of Main street from where we are now. Basically on East Kent Avenue South between Main and Fraser. Unfortunately, it’s not really a transit or pedestrian-friendly area… but if you drive, you’ll be happy to hear that there is TONS of free parking out front. No more having to fight to find street parking. Yay! (I think Carina will be happy about that one too).
The aim is to move immediately after FibresWest (March 16 and 17). So if I am a bit nutty at FW, please forgive me. We’ll be bringing basically everything we have in the studio for FibresWest… much of it will be on sale too. With all our TNNA order production in full swing right now, there is literally no space for more bodies at the current studio so it looks like FibresWest will be as close to a pre-moving sale as we can get! Hope to see you there… and then at the new studio.