I shared on social media that I did a BIG THING and decided to open my own shop! So far it’s been a ton of work. I have come home sweaty, filthy and tired but have loved every single minute. I am finally writing this post to tell the story of how The Coffee Paint Shop came to be and sharing some progress photos with you all!
DREAMS DON’T WORK UNLESS YOU DO!
If you know me then you might say I’m impulsive. I wouldn’t totally argue that fact, BUT I like to think that it’s more of knowing what I want and acting on it before I chicken out. That’s really how this all began. I have always wanted my own shop and thought of the “what if’s” from time to time. I don’t know what changed in me THAT day but I suddenly decided to stop dreaming and start doing!
I looked at retail space in Meridian and was shocked at the prices but also the lack of character any of these strip malls had. I knew I wouldn’t be happy in a little square….stuck between Big Bob’s Barbeque and a random nail salon. It just didn’t feel right in my gut. I figured it wasn’t my time and almost gave up. That’s when I found her! She was an electronics repair shop in Old Downtown Meridian. I fell in love with the location instantly. It’s on a corner lot and one block down from where the city Christmas Tree is every year. The building has the most beautiful front door and big windows down each side. When I got out of my car and peeked in the first thought I had was, “Oh sh*t! It’s a mess…….and I absolutely love it!” I knew in my soul this was where I was supposed to be.
The Hoyne Building
Let me back up and give you a little history about the building. It was built in 1913 and originally sold furniture, how perfect is that!? The building is covered in embossed iron siding but at some point stucco was added. It’s rusty panels are still visible on the back exterior wall. I think its beautiful and plan to clean up the alley so it can be used as a backdrop by local photographers. This building is part of The Historic Walking Tour of downtown Meridian and you can read even more about it here.
The clean up begins
When I said it was a mess I wasn’t kidding. There had been a repair shop here for forty years! You can imagine all the electronic parts that were collected over time. It was a bit overwhelming but I walked through that store with the biggest smile on my face! I already envisioned it as my shop and had fallen in love but first there was a lot of work to do…….
This is the front area of the shop where customers would come in and items like televisions were sold. There were two walls built in an L shape to separate this space from the stock room in the next photos.
This is where the hours of packing and hauling items to the recycling center came in. If you have wondered what the heck was taking me so long to open my shop, you now have your answer!
Now, before any of you make comments like “How could anyone leave their building like this?’ or ” Why wasn’t this cleaned up for you?” I am going to remind you that we don’t know everyone’s story. I don’t know what the reason’s were for the store being in this condition but I have gotten to know the owner well and he is a very kind man. I am guessing he got overwhelmed and at his age didn’t have the ability to remove everything himself. He is very thankful for our help and is compensating me for all the work we have done. So don’t you worry, I am being taken care of. I won’t lie though……I had a couple moments where I wondered what I had gotten myself into but as we started clearing out the store I was reminded how great it could be.
Once the electronics were gone and that crazy carpet was pulled up it made a huge difference. Now we had to take down the dropped ceiling and tear down those walls! Wyatt wanted to do a little demo work so I turned him loose on a plaster column. I wanted to expose the original wood lath to add even more character to the shop. He had a lot of fun but also announced he won’t be back until the store is clean. 🙂
The vison is coming to life
Now that the walls are down the store feels HUGE! The 12 foot ceilings that were hiding behind that dropped ceiling are getting repaired and painted this week. The shelves and workbench have also been removed since I took these photos. There are repairs to be made on the walls and A TON of painting has to be done. The last thing to do will be to sand and polish the concrete floors that were hiding under that psychedelic rug we pulled up! We definitely have more work to do but I am focusing on the progress we have made and the vision in my mind.
I am hoping to be open the last weekend of September at this point. Things took longer than expected but I’m ok with that. You can’t rush a good thing, right?
I’m going to share updated photos here after the painting happens inside as well as on the exterior. I am SO excited for the paint. It really is amazing how much of a difference it makes.
I hope these photos don’t scare any of you away from visiting once we are open. You will just have to have faith in my vision and know I am going to bring this store back to life! I also hope you’ll follow along on this journey of mine because I truly feel like you have all been a part of it in a way. Some of you have been local clients of mine, some of you have followed this blog and others have been there through social media posts. I appreciate every single one of you and I push myself everyday to make this shop something you would all be proud of. I already love it so much and want everyone else to feel the same way too!