Month: March, 2013

The great MOVE of 2013

· March 23, 2013 · 5:54 pm · Uncategorized

So the day I moved my studio into the building on Westgate Pkwy, I knew that one day we would have to move…  I also knew it would be quite the undertaking because I had loads of room to collect things and collect things we did!  I also knew my business would be blessed beyond measure in that building.  After all, it’s a GREAT location to start or to grow any business.  But, I have to admit, I had my heart set on a location just down the street and have wanted to have my artistic business in that building from the very first time I saw it.  I went there before each and every move to see if there was an opening and to my dismay each and every time I found myself looking elsewhere because they didn’t have anything available.  Well, as my five year lease came close to ending, I thought I’d give that location another look and luckily this time it not only had an available space, but it was the exact one I had wanted all along!  I rented it right away and we went to work (seven days a week) getting it ready.  We installed new flooring, changed out ceiling tiles, painted and so much more until we ended up restoring the place to it’s original glory.  You see, the office carpeting and generic baseboards did nothing for the place!  Yes, we installed all wooden baseboards, which are apparently now a big part of my criteria for a studio space, and reworked every single doorway to look more like the European style of the outside of the building!  We even installed an ornate old world style door that is now the entryway into the studio!  The studio itself is simply my DREAM space with it’s industrial loft vibe including exposed ductwork and large open space.  I feel truly at home in this space and I’m sure you will too!  I do hope you’ll stop by and visit with me an my new home here in the clock tower building at 179 Honeysuckle Road!  I’m in suite 4 and hopefully by this time next week all of our signs will be installed including the decals on that beautiful awning over our doors!  I hope to see you soon!

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Cindi Kay McDaniel, Cr. Photog., CPP