Thursday, January 29, 2015

Start of the Retail Journey

Today, I will begin sharing the journey I've gone through the last six months of deciding to open a brick and mortar home decor store in Connecticut.

Back Entrance to Vivid Hue Home

I'm sitting in the future shop as I type this.  As I look around, it's overwhelming the amount of work I still need to accomplish prior to the opening (targeted for April 2015).  But then I have to remind myself how far I've come since making the retail decision in August 2014.

It started with a twinge of desire to decorate.  And that started YEARS ago, that passion and drive to make things pretty in a creative way.  So I started the Vivid Hue Home blog.  Which was enough for awhile.  But then I wanted more.

Original Vivid Hue Home Blog Design 

Current Vivid Hue Home Blog Design

In the last year, I'd started itching to advance to the next step.  There were many directions to consider: Launching an interior design business, starting an on-line home design store, opening a brick and mortar gift boutique, creating a product from the ground up....

Visit Vivid Hue Home projects here.  

Obviously, I am sitting in the middle of my future shop, so you know how I netted out (for now).  I will share the rationale behind that decision in a future post.  I will also share how I settled on my little historical cottage in Farmington, Connecticut.  For those that may be interested in starting a similar business, I will even share the logistics of gaining town approvals for retail signage, setting up an LLC, securing a lease, establishing yourself as "trade" and some of the financial considerations that go into all of this.

Check back soon for my next post in which I will talk about how I landed upon my spot for the retail store.  Here's a glimpse.  We're just getting started and I plan to bring you along every step of the way.

The exterior of Vivid Hue Home "shop"

Until then,

Thank you for continuing to follow and support me along the way!


Unknown said...

I am so excited for you Heather and wish you all the success! Your sense of style, color, the great products you select, are all perfect for a retail shop. Enjoy the journey and best of luck with all on your plate. xo Nancy

Vel Criste said...

Super excited for you Heather!!! You truly deserve to have this dream come true!!!!

Laura J said...

Really looking forward to your future posts -- all the nitty gritty that goes into becoming an "overnight success."
You seem to have a good grasp on the not-so-fun details, which may be dull to some, but which I find fascinating. Please include info in your future posts about your background as it relates to getting yourself up and running (we KNOW you have design talent), as well as the team of professionals you've assembled along the way (lawyers, accountants, etc).
What an exciting ride!!

Unknown said...

Heather, I am so excited for you and really want to hear all about your journey. I have had an online store for 2 years and can't stop thinking about how to open a physical shop. Bring on all of the "boring" details - I'm really interested!

Karena said...

Congratulations Heather! I am so very excited for you and cannot wait to see and hear more about it!!

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Jessie said...

Congratulations, Heather! Looking forward to read about your exciting journey! I am so happy for you! Wish I live nearer. :)


Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

Ladies, thank you all for such support! I really appreciate you continuing to show up to my blog and cheer me on every step of the way!!!! xoxox Heather