First Expansion

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

After the second year, we realized that we were outgrowing our space and that we would benefit from having a location that faced the road. After exploring some available locations, we had a conversation with our landlords, Rudy Flint and Wilson Perkins, that led to us taking the unit directly above us in the building and connecting the upper and lower units with a spiral staircase. This time we did not have the time to do all the up-fitting ourselves so, we acted as our own contractor, hiring different subcontractors to do the job, including my late uncle, Mike Messer who was an excellent carpenter and craftsman.

We also that the time of the expansion, Jan and I incorporated the business and altered the name by adding the word ‘Jewelry’ to better define what we were about.We were not a plumbing fixture store or a photography studio.

Our showroom was now upstairs, beside the restaurant and facing South New Hope road and our shop and office space was downstairs.Who needs to exercise on a Stair Master when you have a spiral staircase?We now all had beautiful calves.

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