Getting On Track

Since now that we have found our “perfect” location we have started to build the inside of the place. We had bought a building that had a small warehouse in the back of it where we are planning to store of our hard goods and to put a big walk in cooler in for our extra supplies of greens and flowers. There is a smaller building attached to the warehouse where we are going to have our front showroom, our offices and backroom where we make and prep everything. The office is the smallest of these three since we plan on having a showroom with lots of things on display, we are going to have one wall lined with coolers to keep our cut flowers and premade arrangements in. We are also going to have one side be where all our green and flowering plants are, then mixed in between everything will be house gifts, garden gifts, cards, balloons, candy, stuff animals, vases and other such things that you typically find in a floral shop. We also planned to have a window display that we change periodically.

Our first projects just so happens to be the garage door that is in the warehouse. This huge bay door was one of the reasons that I wanted this building so bad. I wanted this big garage door because a lot of our deliveries come in big trucks, some are semi’s but most are the big box trucks and having this big garage door will help with the deliveries because the trucks can get pretty well inside the building and it will just make everything easier. However the garage door is out of commission as the wheels of the door tracks are old and rusty and do not work anymore but thanks to Clarkston Garage Door Repair who I found online and had many great reviews (which is important), we are able to get the door up and working again. We just needed to get new tracks and all of that hardware stuff that is also needed. I won’t pretend that I know a lot of fixing garage doors because I don’t but I was really impressed that they were able to help me because I had originally thought that they only worked on houses.

So once we get this door working again then the renovations will go much faster as well because now we can only get the door up not even half way and that makes it a lot harder to get all the big stuff in and besides there is no way all of the coolers will be able to get in trough the regular doors. But we have made a lot of progress, we have cleaned the entire building out and have designed a layout of where we want everything to go. Its just a matter of it all coming together and my wife and I couldn’t be more excited to take on this adventure!

Thanks for reading everyone, I hope you stick around

Jeff

Finding The Right Spot

Finding the perfect spot for our flower shop has been the hardest thing thus far. There are so many factors that you have to consider when choosing a location. One, you do not want it near another one especially if that one is established and been there awhile. Two, it needs to be in a high traffic area so that people will be driving by on a regular basis, flowers tend to be a last minute idea, Three, the rent of the building has to be a good low price, during the off season and when it is not a holiday a florist can be extremely slow. Four, it also needs to be in a town where you know that people will spend their money on flowers because flowers are a luxury not a necessity. ┬áThe list goes on…

We have thought about buying an old florist that has gone out of business because people have known that a flower shop was there at one point and may subconsciously remember flowers when driving by, but we decided not to do that because that flower shop went out if business for a reason and we don’t want that associated with our new business. So, we have decided to buy a building that has not been a florist and just renovate it into one. The jury is still out on if this is the best solution, but we are stuck now because we have purchased a building. We are hoping that we made all the right decisions because flowers are a tough business to break into.

The good news is that we know of a lot of businesses that are really good at renovations and others companies that are good for any other thing that we may need to get our flower shop up and running, from the coolers to the bathrooms, display cases to the store frontage. Anything and everything, we are lucky in that regard. We have used these companies in the past and know that they do a good quality job, and if they are unable to help we trust them to point us in the right direction to get us to a company that is able to help us out.

This is going to be a long process, we are looking to open sometime next fall, and yes it is fall now but we are just in the beginning stages of starting this business. There are many, many things left to do and we are planning on doing things once and right, we don’t want to rush anything and cause things to be set back. Hopefully this gets us on the right path to having a successful business. Please send us any advice if you have ever started your own business or if you know of any business in our area, which is southeast Detroit, that you know that will be a big help to us.

Thanks everyone for taking the time to read this, hopefully you stick around to hear how we are doing,

Jeff and Sarah