Saturday, 22 October 2011

Opening week...

Hi Everyone

Well first of all, sincere apologies for the lack of blog last week. Never in my life have i had so much to do in such a small amount of time. But then again, i never was one to take the easy road. The lead up to the VIP Prelaunch party and opening was, as with all new start ups, fraught with little hiccups that piled up around my ears, BUT nonetheless we made it to VIP night with just the gallery space to be cleared out and a few more items to be put on the shelves. 

Just over 100 designers and media guests attended our VIP night. With the bubbles flowing, a mass networking celebration began and continued well past my bedtime (not that i got much sleep). I stayed up into the early hours to finish the gallery space, get all those champagne flutes cleared up and put most of the remaining products out on the shelves so our first day customers were none the wiser of the mess that it had been just hours before. 
Super designers and helpers Julie (Moops and Hoops), Melinda (Baby Ink) and Lauren (Boondie Baby
Opening day and the week that has followed has brought a steady stream of "wowed" customers, all commenting on the gorgeous stock, abundance of choice, wide laned layout and various activities all in one shop. Kids especially have been having a blast making recycled crafts with Kim and Hardy from Rubble Art whilst parents sit back and relax with a good coffee. One lady even had a little nap i'm told, perfectly acceptable in their retro lounge room environment. In fact i'm sure if i sat in one of these chairs i wouldn't get up for another 8 hours. 


Clean and tidy ready for another batch of crafters
OK OK i know you're all dying to see some pics of the shop so far. Bec from Little Red Photography took some for me today and she will get these back to me soon but in the meantime, here are a few happy snaps i took. 

Gorgeous artworks in abundance
Super cute accessories for girls
Need some ideas for newborn gifts?
Divine name plaques
Choice, range, value for money
A good mix of girls AND boys wear
A great range of stationery and party products

Gifts for boys
Aren't these hairclip holders sweet and practical!

There is still lots to be done to tweak and fine tune everything but that will be an ongoing process that lasts forever i assume. Being a perfectionist, i am sure i'll be constantly changing things around.  

We had our first Shopping and Champagne night on Thursday and had a visit from the lovely Peace and Katy of Connect 2 Mums who were just in town for the expo and decided to pop by and say hi. They are such amazing role models and offer a fantastic support system to Mumprenuers out there, it was great to finally meet them. 

I am so proud of everything we have achieved and feel lucky to have so many amazing designers and providers on board. This truely is a community and our customers have been so excited to come in and be a part of this amazing experience we have all created together.  

Off to get some zzzz's 

Happy opening week everyone!

Nicole Herrick

Oh and PS the webstore will be up and running very shortly. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Work work, work it!

Hi Everyone

Just another normal week here at camp KSH? pppffffffffffftttttttttttt!!! NOT BLOODY LIKELY!!! This week utter madness with painting and cleaning and building and fixing and buying and ordering and arranging and ahhhhhhh a zillion more things. It's so fun though and i love it all. 

So on Saturday whilst you were all enjoying the AFL grand final or just sunning it up with the kids on the school holidays (if you're not from VIC) i was painting our feature wall in a gorgeous warm yellow called Marigold. 
Those are 17 ft ceilings up there! 
I've also been off collecting some gorgeous vintage finds from ebay which will be painted white. Picture the chair in front with a bold zebra print fabric. 

A temp window display has been set up to create some intrigue and passers by are loving it. One lady loved it so much she knocked on the door and asked if she could by all the furniture. 
More big signage is coming soon, the Kids Style Hub logo is 14.5 metres long and 1.5 metres high. 

I have finally met a few of our lovely designers face to face as they have dropped off their products. They keep thinking the tour is over when i haven't even shown them the second floor yet ahahah. 

Has everyone that would like to come along to the VIP Pre Launch Party rsvp'd yet? If not, email through the names of your guests asap. It will be a great night of bubbly and canapes and a fantastic way for you all to meet like minded super people like yourselves.  

Melinda from Baby Ink has been doing a fantastic job organising the eco style bags for us, if you would like to be involved, just email Melinda:
Just an example of logos
Right i have to get back to work, 85 more emails to answer and, well, let's just say lots more stuff to do. I only freak out sometimes, the rest of the time i just pinch myself and wonder if i'm dreaming. 

Happy happy happy Wednesday!

Nicole Herrick