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Guest House at Graceland

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This year (as with many of the ones that come as you age) I wasn’t particularly excited about my birthday. I am not a birthday Scrooge or anything, but I did not really want to do much besides hang out with Shelby since I was coming off of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday as a new retailer. That was until a friend suggested we visit the Guest House at Graceland. YES! It has been open just a few months, if that, and has been long awaited in the neighborhood. Now, those of you who read this blog know...

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Window dressing

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I know I am new to shop ownership, but one of the things I am most excited about is the dedicated time to craft my windows. Although I may tire of it eventually, right now I am thrilled at the possibilities. I spent the last few days making Thanksgiving (transitioning into holiday) windows, and I thought you might want to see what I did and how I did it. I used what I had on hand: a roll of brown kraft paper, twine, envelopes, plain white paper, watercolor, fabric scraps, and colored pencils. And lots of tape... I wanted a...

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Week 3.5

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I debated not doing a post this week because so much of the work has been behind the scenes: setting up the alarm system, ordering more product, getting insurance, and most of the things I saved for next to last since I didn't really want to do them. However, progress has been made for sure, and that better be the case because I officially open one week from today. I really should have taken pictures of the spare room so that you could see the difference in having it crammed with work and now, with a large portion of it...

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Week two progress

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This update will not show the same dramatic transformation of the last post, but lots of progress has been made nonetheless. The main changes at this point are the floor is completely painted gray, the King Cotton wallpaper has been installed on the back walls, and some furniture has been moved in. I also hung faux boxwood panels on the cash wrap so that it looks almost like a hedge that I'll stand behind. I thought it would be nice to have something with texture and color that wasn't another pattern or something that would detract from the wallpaper.  ...

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Week one progress

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I would like to start with just a little piece of advice. If you're ever thinking about painting a room red, please rethink it. Not just for yourself, but for the next person who may want to paint it and will have to prime 2 coats first. In all seriousness, color theory states that red advances toward you, making it very easy to see. That is why stop lights and stop signs, buttons on remotes, warning labels, etc. are red. It gets attention, and for me I wanted my products to get more attention than the walls, so I decided...

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