The countdown has begun – Saturday, January 24 is the grand opening of Bella Lily Bridal. I hope you will pop in, it’s located off 59th Avenue and north of Union Hills. When you spend so much time helping your client build a business, you can’t help but feel so invested in it and excited to see it flourish.
I feel this way with the photographers I have mentored – some have gone off to own successful studios! It’s so inspiring!
From the logo, furniture, wall color, signage, to the upcoming preview parties, it’s been a true honor to be there through the big decision making process. To be trusted with such an investment, such a livelihood is not something to be taken lightly, this is very serious – there’s money involved, timelines, visual appeal, marketing strategies, but most of all, branding which is important – the owner must feel like this is her place, and the customers who come in must feel a connection.
Earlier this week, we set up the store, rearranged furniture and bought some finishing touches, we have two weeks!
Then, Brenda hung up the first dress!
I stood outside at 7 pm and watched as boxes were opened and the store began to fill up with dresses. The main sign comes in soon, I’m excited to see something I created in storefront letters, and I am creating the vinyl sign for the doors.
There’s something magical about starting a business – it’s a new passion come to fruition, a declaration that you have decided you love doing something so much that you want to make it your full-time job. There’s a lot of planning, upfront costs, decisions on where money goes, and the hope that your community of friends and family will support you. Then, you just trust that this passion of yours pushes you to success – that your talents are seen and shared and that word spreads like wildfire so you can go another day doing what you love. It can be scary, it can be uncertain, but every night, it’s so rewarding knowing you spent a day choosing to do what you wanted.
If you’re a business owner you probably know what I’m talking about. I was told before I went full-time on my own that I would work longer days and harder than I ever did in corporate – but it would be so rewarding and it really is. Of course, there are also unexpected challenges which I want to chat more about next week and how I try to deal with them. Have a great weekend!