It’s been nearly a week since I’ve updated the blog but many details have been handled and much progress has been made toward the opening of Art In Bloom at 409 W. Main St., downtown Brighton. The targeted opening date is still tentative but it will definitely be in mid-July. The logo has been designed, business cards ordered and signs are being created. I have established credit with VISA/MC and American Express and will be ready to accept those cards upon opening. The plumbing is complete and the work station, (where future classes will be held and floral designs custom created,) looks beautiful with it’s birch ledge and front, fluted trim and corbels. Ted did a wonderful job bringing my ideas to reality. If you’d like to see more photos of the progression of the work station you can view Ted McDonald’s photography on his flickr site. He also takes wonderful portrait shots and is building his portfolio for the wedding business.
A wide variety of talented artists have expressed an interest in using the Art In Bloom gallery space in the coming months. A calendar has been set up to allow one to two new artists to exhibit each six weeks and I’ll soon post more information about their work. I have also received the first shipment of paintings from Jon Cooney. Jon’s exhibit will run through the end of August with an Opening Reception planned for Saturday, July 31st from 4-8pm.
Finally, I’ve been developing a brochure in preparation for the art classes that so many “blooming artists” have been eagerly inquiring about. The first session will begin September 9th and run through late October. The course descriptions, prices, times and other details will be available through the brochure by the end of July at the storefront. I am thoroughly enjoying the set-up and planning of the shop but I am also really anxious to teach again!
There is much noise and activity today at Art In Bloom. The construction of the work station that Ted and I designed is now in full swing. The plumbers have arrived to jack hammer the floor, install the water lines necessary for the florist portion of the business and to prepare a drain for the walk-in cooler. Next we’ll need an electrician to get things wired. Does anyone out there have a recommendation?
On Tuesday, Kim and I rented a large U-Haul truck and drove to Sterling Heights to pick up the walk in flower cooler from SRC Refrigeration. When they used a forklift to get the shrink wrapped palette into the vehicle, we knew we were in trouble. 🙂 Piece by piece, the huge 8′ tall insulated panels were unloaded from the truck and carried into the shop like a giant puzzle waiting to be built. Each panel was covered in it’s own layer of plastic. Luckily, my dad stopped by just as we were ready to begin assembling the cooler. It fits quite nicely into the back room. More photos to come of the finished project.
Late Monday afternoon I completed the final steps in making the retail space at 409 Main St. in downtown Brighton, the place where Art In Bloom will begin to bloom. I have the keys to the store and will begin redecorating and moving in as soon as possible. Closing my art room at Hornung Elementary last Friday and saying goodbye to the many students and colleagues was bittersweet. My hope is to maintain contact with as many of these friends as possible through the floral and art gallery. I absolutely hope they will stop in and visit me from time to time. Also, from the comments I’m receiving on this blog and in person, it’s apparent that the art classes will be quite popular. I really look forward to planning the classes that will begin in September but for now my focus has to be on getting the storefront looking “just so.” It’s also time to empty out my very full garage so that I can once again park inside. 🙂