Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Hunt and gather

Hi everyone

Well this last week i have certainly learnt a few things. Like that real estate agents will still advertise and let you put in an offer on a premises even if it's already been let.... Grrrrrr. Oh well, now i know and i can be more aware of how they operate. 

After having my dream commercial property ripped from my grasp, i have also learnt that i do like the thought of having a more retail style premises as opposed to a warehouse property that we turn into retail. Having a retail premises means less space BUT it means less fit out time, more customers and more profit. And so the hunt evolves. We will still have a massive retail floor area, a great family cafe space, a party room. learning centre and photo studio, but the amount of studios we will be offering will be less.   

Starting off slightly smaller also makes sense as we can gain a name for ourselves and in future years we can always move to a larger space or even create new branches.  

This week i have also been chatting with Marina from Kidz Bizz Development who has just launched her new blog to help small businesses in the children's industry in many different ways. Her first 3 posts are packed full of great ideas so pop over for a read and sign up for some free advice and tips.

I would also love to give a big shout out to my good friends at Rubble Art who will be a part of Kids Style Hub. Rubble Art specialises in transforming reclaimed materials into educational activities children will treasure. They can be booked for kids parties or events and they also run classes you can book your kids into. Their philosophy and crafts are just great so pop over and have a look at their new website.

Now for everyone who has been dying to know if they have been accepted to have their products sold on consignment, don't panic, i haven't sent out the formal offers just yet. We still have a good 2 months until we open so there is plenty of time. I will let you know in a blog update when i have made the first round of offers. I just want to be more advanced with the property search first. 

Until next week.... Happy designing

Nicole Herrick
Kids Style Hub