If you were driving around Olympia today, you may have seen a crazy girl in her work-out clothes taking pictures on the side of the road. That was me! I parked my car in some precarious places to take pictures of some of the locations that I would like to open my store in!
This first picture is of my DREAM location. It’s a little house looking-place that was built to be a gas station in 1920. My sweet friend, who has one of the coolest jobs ever, got a picture from the state archives of what it looked like way back when. (She’s a historical preservationist just in case you were wondering).
This little building is literally less than 2 miles from my house. I have driven by it so many times and dreamed of what I would do with it if it were mine. The catch is that it’s not for sale. It has been owned by the same lady since 1980 though, and I’m thinking maybe she wants to sell it but just hasn’t had the right offer?? Who knows? I’m all about putting myself out there these days! And of course I would paint it yellow, just in case you were wondering!
The next place we have been looking at since the inception of Sweet Charley B’s. It is “strip-mallish” sort of. It has two units downstairs and two units upstairs. It has been empty for quite a while and I can’t figure out why! It’s a great location… Right on the main drag in town where everyone goes to do their errands. A huge selling point for me is the cement floors. I LOVE cement floors. I think they are so appealing and so easy to clean! A little bit of a detraction for me is one of the units upstairs is occupied by a tattoo/piercing place. Not really my clientele, but who knows? Another thing that does not excite me is renting. If I had my choice, I would love to own my building instead of paying someone else’s mortgage!
Another choice (and I didn’t take any pics) is downtown. The buildings downtown are amazing and gorgeous and I love them. However, parking is atrocious, and there are a lot of issues with panhandling and crime. So, being down there by myself early in the morning isn’t that appealing.
Lots of options and I do have some time to make a choice… Which do you like the best?