Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A New Home for Bella Vita!

  Yesterday I signed a lease for a shop space in the beautiful Lafayette building at 523 S. Louisiana St. in downtown Little Rock. I will be at this lovely location until my permanent studio on Main St. is ready. 

Bella Vita's window facing Louisiana St.
Map of the area...
  The space is approximately 350 sq. ft. and is located on the 1st floor of the Lafayette. The easiest way to find me and access my studio will be from the main door to the building on Louisiana St. There is some street parking in front of the closest door to me and then more parking on 6th St. Just be careful and pay attention because both of these streets are one way streets. There is also an hourly pay parking lot at 6th and Main St.

  I will start moving into this space over the next few weeks. I hope to be up and running full time by Oct. 15th. Of course my main retail focus will be my jewelry but I will also have, soaps, lotions, candles, scarves, Erin Lorenzen shirts, and vintage home decor. I am also working on getting a few more gift lines in before Christmas. Tentative retail hours are Thursday & Friday 11-6 and Saturday 10 - 3 and/or by appointment. Of course we will see if these hours need to be adjusted once we are in the space. Appointments can be made by email, or phone, 479.200.1824 Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Exterior image of the Lafayette Hotel.  Built in 1925 and listed with the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
  For those of you that have been following me and my business for a while you might know that this isn't the "space" I have been talking about for 2 years... but, it is right next door to where I will move permanently when construction wraps up. Hopefully this will all happen by next Spring.  

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Treasure Hunting Trip - Endless Possibilities

This self employment stuff is a real roller coaster.

There are a gazillion things running through my mind at all times - a lot of times they take over my ability to "just get one thing done." 
We all know how good it feels to start getting things done!!! 
Why is it so hard to do at times?!

The other day I took a look at my dry erase board that I made a big to do list on two months ago. It felt so good that all of those to do's were done! I didn't even have to obsess over a list, I just needed to give myself some time and everything worked out so nice and organically. 

We can't do it all! Not possible. But, over time we can get it all done. 

So, the reason behind this post...
I'm getting things done!
I've had a buying trip planned for the past few weeks. 
I can't tell you where I am going because it is top secret. :)

I haven't been all that excited about until this very moment... I have spent the morning emailing and chatting via phone with a new contact in the industry. In our short phone conversation I was reminded of old vendors I used to use, new vendors that I'll be checking out, and we even made an appointment to meet with a casting house. 

This feels like such a huge break through. I am now super excited and planning each day of this buying trip to the fullest.

Ive been struggling with a bout of un-motivation and creative bloc for a few weeks now. 
It happens a lot... especially when I don't do a lot of shows. But, that is all about to change. Shows are starting,  I'm traveling and coming home to design my Spring 2015 line. 
I can't wait to get my hands dirty and find so many new treasures! Follow my journey here and on instagram. I hope to have time to blog and post new treasures each day!! xxoo