Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Becoming a boutique Owner

It has now been nearly four months since we purchased our boutique in Laguna Beach and it's been a very rewarding experience! So far we've had lots of LA shopping experiences, Fashion weeks, had a 'Girls Night Out' sale, seen very busy days, and stormy days where there have been no customers all day! All these experiences pull into the whole, that this is an entirely new business venture and truly exciting for me to learn!

After working in our marketing business for years with all the girls, but most recently, Rach and Jess, it is fabulous to currently share this portion of my life with Sar and Tawn. Its sweet to see my daughters getting involved with the shop, working on Saturdays with me (sign making in the eves with Sar) , merchandising inventory after closing with Tawn, (she even did a solo jewelry buying trip!), and learning whole parts of this new venture. Believe me, we're all learning this new family business together! There's a lot to it!

It was great fun to take Jessie and Kyah shopping in LA while they were visiting - Jessie is SUCH a shopper anyways that it was a blast! Rach - when you come out, I will torture you with an LA trip - just so you can experience it! LOL. You'll love it!

The biggest daily support of all though, has been Dad. He has done every sort of back up work imaginable to make this a success and easier for me. It's such a fabulous family adventure!

Well, we have new signage and the long awaited Facebook Page in the near future. Lots of great things to come - Pink Friday Sales coming up with sparking pink drinks and chocolates, then the Laguna Beach Hospitality night coupled with our 2nd Girls Night Out Sale!

Love and Hugs to all of you!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Due diligence day

Today was the day that I went through all the financial information for the boutique. Happily, it appears that everything is in order - and although it took us all day long to get to the end of the questions and books, it's pretty much done.
We now have to be sure that I will be approved by the landlords, then work on getting a new lease. While Dad sleeps on the numbers and gets comfortable with the length of the lease, most of the other investigations are complete.
It appears that moving forward one of the biggest hurdles still remains getting moved! When do I come home - for how long - how soon can we do a sale - when can we be on the road to move out here...... and on and on it goes.... :)
Well, no one ever said that moving is easy!
In the morning I will be going to a business seminar at Woodbury College ( where Bryan graduated from). I'm sure that it will be interesting and informative.
Love to you all - Mom

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A new pathway!

So that you, my closest friends and family know, I signed off on the counter offer today and accepted the terms to purchase the boutique in Laguna Beach! What a life changing morning - Father's Day 2010 will be remembered as the DAY that we adopted a new pathway for our lives.

I'm sure that it will be challenging and rewarding , and that the learning curve will feel steep at times. Assuming that all goes as expected through the 'due dilligence' process, we have begun the path that we will be taking through our retirement and thus, our goal of being ' bi- coastal' is becoming a reality.
I pray that God will bless our little business and our steps each day as we make the necessary changes to accomodate this decision.
We will need, and are getting the help of all of you and your families - we SOOO appreciate everyone's cooperation in this process! We love you all. xxxooo
More updates to follow - Love - Mom

Friday, June 18, 2010

Laguna Beach # 3

Sign by the main corner and Forest.

Coffee shop courtyard area. CJRose in back.
Gift shop at fron of courtyard - across from coffee shop.

Full view of courtyard. We are in left back corner.

view of upper level - across from shop

Front door of shop from courtyard -

view of shop from courtyard

side view of shop

front sidewalk - Lumberyard restaurant

beach boardwalk area

Laguna beach

Laguna beach - 3 blocks - easy walk for Mom- from shop

Play area at Laguna beach

Laguna beach right across the street from Forest

My sweet fam at Laguna - yummy ice cream for the boys!

back entrance at shop. Notice the sign that is almost invisible!!

back of shop - behind post office. our parking space is back here

back door to shop

back walkway by post office, coffee shop, and then shop

walking down - almost at the sidewalk

walking down sidewalk

across street looking at back of shop- post office

driving up Forest

big boutique on corner - 2 blocks down towards beach - we are 3 blocks back

steet view

across from Forest - pacific coast hwy - at beach

laguna beach with fog layer

Video from courtyard - thanks to Tawn!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Laguna Beach shop continued...

cute pic of Isaac at the pool the other day!!

Laguna Beach area while driving in!

Laguna Hillside. the whole little town is at the bottom of the hills where all the houses live

traffic leaving Laguna on a Sunday afternoon in June

Outside sidewalk in front of shop area

view of shop from sidewalk

Main beach front area with grass areas, basketball courts, walking paths, boardwalk, and some sand too :D

some beach parking right outside of the downtown village area

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

laguna beach shop

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

mom's new 'cool' clothes

I got some new 'cool' rags to wear to my oooohhh so important business meetings here in California. I need to look a little hip and a little cool while still looking like a business woman, knowledgeable and smart....How'd I do???