Our New View!

Posted on April 21, 2015 by Monica Skov | 5 comments

We Upgraded Our White Box to a Blue View!
If anyone knows me, they know I always follow the path of opportunity.  When she knocks, I listen.  As we moved from our traditional way of doing business to something more innovative, I had High Hopes that the Activ Space buildings would be a good, but likely temporary, fit for our classes and showroom.  But fate had plans to speed up our process.
One beautiful Spring Saturday, I decided that I desperately needed a day away from work.  We'd just completed the new website and I couldn't bare to look at the computer for another minute.  My mom had a slumber party planned with our daughter, so we were FREE!  I told my hubby to grab his coat, we were going to the water taxi and having an adult-only play date.   After finding parking, we had this lovely lunch at Marination Ma kai, which was the first time for both of us, but as I was ordering my yummy Lychee Margarita, the bartender informed me that the water taxi wasn't running this weekend.  BUMMER, right?  Or maybe it's opportunity knocking.
So we finish our delicious lunch and decide to take a stroll, after all, we have a Saturday free and I'm not about to let this day end too soon.  Just as we began our stroll, I saw a perfectly placed 'for rent' sign in a little window across the street.  Giving my husband a look he's seen a time or two, little words were exchanged as we both headed in the same direction. 
Affordable, 2 1/2 times the size of our current space, a bathroom, and THIS VIEW.  It was perfect.  But (and I'm sure this is no surprise to anyone who knows us) my practical husband had to talk his ambitious and impulsive wife off the ledge.  After all, he had just moved all of the shelving, tables, & tread displays into our new space.  He'd hung mirrors, lighting and fixtures ~ and there is no way he wanted to do that all over again.  Who could blame him, right? 
For the next 5 days I didn't say a word, then I had my first Basic Sewing class at the current space.  It was full, until two students had the flu and one couldn't find a sitter.  I was down to just one student and it was a great class!  It was a doable space, but it wasn't the ideal space and in my gut I knew it. 
That evening, as I drove home I passed the little space with the perfectly placed 'for rent' sign.  The sign was still there, and across the street, the City of Seattle was ablaze from the light of the moon shining off her beautiful facade.  I drove home with a smile on my face and when I walked in the door I started the conversation with ~ 'Honey, you're going to kill me but.........'
And the rest is now part of our story.  In the next week, we will be moving into 1617 Harbor Ave SW.  This space gives us opportunity that we didn't realize we wanted.  We'll have a showroom with our newest Pre-Cut Fabrics and bundles, available for purchase and for perusing ~ and our classroom will be airy, bright, and creative.  We will post pop-up & pop-in hours weekly to our website so you can come in for a fabric fix, a consultation {for sewing machine repair or quilt finishing} or just a cuppa tea. 
As we've moved through this journey we continue to have immense gratitude for our fabric family for coming along for the ride with us.  I cannot wait to see your smiling faces and have a cup of coffee, and to share our view with you.

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5 Responses

Sheila
Sheila

April 22, 2015

So happy for you guys!!

Maija Wade
Maija Wade

April 21, 2015

Love this story and the way you told it. Thanks for sharing. (I was so curious!)

Tomoko
Tomoko

April 21, 2015

I am always impressed with your vision and ways to create a place for the sewing community including myself who learned sewing is fun and relaxing from WSFC. Looking forward to seeing your new space very much!

Susie
Susie

April 21, 2015

I am so looking forward to coming to Seattle and seeing you and this place.

Barbara Sims
Barbara Sims

April 21, 2015

I still get your emails even after moving to the coast of So Cal. Your shop is one place I really really miss. When I was feeling blue, your shop always made me feel fabulous. Not only the beautiful colors and your darling shop it was also the sweet people you hire.
Wishing you the very best in your new space. I hope to visit someday ;)
Blessing,
Barbara Sims
P.S. I was the sewing teaching
at Holy Rosary.

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