Important update on our opening dates and a peek at our new shop progress!
We know many of you have been planning to join us next weekend for our big opening weekend at our new West Hampstead Square shop and it is a huge disappointment that we must postpone again.
Our contractors worked so hard on our fit out prior to Christmas and made some amazing and really exciting progress – the floors are in! the sign is up! our studio cabinets have been installed! But we were delayed getting started and haven’t been given as much access to the space over the Christmas period as we’d expected, and as a result our fit out is behind schedule. Furthermore, public areas that need to be completed before our lovely customers can safely enter the space are not yet finished.
We expect that we will have new opening dates for you soon and that we will be open at West Hampstead Square before the end of January. But, unfortunately, we can’t put a new date on the calendar just yet. However we wanted to share an update so you can adjust your plans for next weekend. We are so sorry for any inconvenience this causes you. As soon as we have a new moving date you’ll be the first to know!
Now, would you like to see what we’ve been up to?
Days start super early on the building site. Here I am at 7am going in on our first day. Excited! Now when I’m there I’m kitted out in a high vis vest, a hard hat and clunky steel toe shoes.
This is what our space looked like on the first morning. It wasn’t exactly ready for handover, but I was happy we were able to finally get our hands on it.
Our design for the space is mostly open plan, with a partial wall between the shop and studio so that customers can peep in and see what’s happening, but students aren’t totally on display. There are also walls around a small storage closet and the bathroom (obviously!) plus a wall along the back wall to support our fabric shelves. It was cool to see these walls put up. It happened so fast! Our team used plywood so we could drill things into the walls (shelves, displays, etc.) more easily.
Here is the latest model of the space. The furniture plan changes daily but it will give you an idea of what we’re trying to achieve as you look at the next batch of photos!
These are just a random bunch of progress shots of the walls going in. Here are the bathroom and storage closet walls at two stages of progress.
The partition wall in progress.
The back wall.
You can also see that the floors are going in at the same time. The first couple of days were crazy, because our electrician and plumber were running wires and pipes under the floors while the builders were laying down the plywood base for our flooring. So much was happening at once! I basically have no photos of the final floors that aren’t a crazy mess, for some reason. But this gives you the idea. The floors are beautiful! Really rustic engineered oak that balances out the industrial vibes of the exposed concrete ceiling.
For my part, I spent a lot of time trying to get our deliveries (getting deliveries to a building site with an address that doesn’t show up on anyone’s satnav is a special kind of torture), building Ikea cabinets for the studio and making runs down to Builder Depot for additional supplies.
Here is a shot of the studio in total chaos while I’m in the middle of building cabinets. It has come a long way since this photo but I don’t have a great shot to share yet! The black cabinets make up the cutting table/island and will give us loads of workspace and storage. The white cabinets make up the back wall/kitchen area, which also will have more cutting space and lots more storage. The studio feels absolutely massive!
Lovely Charlotte stopped by to help build cabinets on the first day!
I absolutely love our till area. We’ve made our new till out of Ikea kitchen cabinets too, like the one we have now, but we customised it by covering it with painted cladding and setting in antique tiles around the counter. This isn’t finished (note the tile isn’t grouted yet in this picture) but I think this looks so good! Plus, the cladding makes for an awesome picture background (see Caroline’s wreath post here.)
We used reclaimed brick tiles to create the look of an exposed brick wall on the side of the elevator shaft that bumps out into the shop. The till will sit in front of this area so it makes a statement when you walk into the shop. The gap where there are no bricks is where the back till counter will sit (we’ll be moving our existing counter there at the last minute) and we’ll also have a front counter. Two counters! So much cutting can be done at once! It was really cool to see this come together.
We had a sign hand-painted by Matt of MJO Signwriting. For perspective, this sign is about a metre wide. This sign is painted onto reclaimed scaffold boards and has been given the ‘weathered’ treatment to make it feel old and vintage. One of the things I’ll miss the most when we move is the beautiful hand-painted windows in our Mill Lane shop and this sign is our way of incorporating a similar vibe into our first floor space.
Watch this space for more updates or follow our posts about the move at #tvhatwhs and feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.