Steel Petal Press Logan Square
If you follow me on social media (FB, Insta, Twitter) or receive my newsletter then you probably already know that I’ve been planning a move into a new retail location in my neighborhood for quite some time now.
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It’s been almost a year coming from inception to reality. I first started thinking about moving sometime last winter. At the time, my building was going through changes I wasn’t happy about and I started thinking it would be a good time to get out. It’s a good thing I started looking when I did (last March) because it’s taken almost a full year to find the new space and execute the relocation (and I’m not even moved yet!)
I knew I would eventually need more space, so I was looking for something much larger (a space I could grow into without having to move again), closer to home (goodbye 30 min commute) and I wanted a storefront so I could be more connected with Chicago and the community. After a month of searching I finally found the location pictured above (2321 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago) and decided to move forward with the lease: it’s a half mile walk from my house, 3x the space, lots of foot traffic and room to grow.
In April 2015, I started the process of signing the lease. It took a month for the lease to be finalized (going back and forth with lawyers and revisions). Once I signed the lease, I met with an architect to work on the buildout and design of the interior. Then drawings were submitted to the city for building permits. City permits took 2 months longer than expected and building (which was supposed to start in September) didn’t start until mid December of 2015.
I was originally quoted 6 months for the whole process from start to finish, but once the dust has settled, it’s looking like it will be closer to a year.
It’s quite a bit more expensive than my current space, so I decided to add a retail shop in front, while keeping production and fulfillment in back. I’ll be moving my entire business to Logan Square (my Chicago neighborhood). I plan on selling my own letterpress cards and gift items, along side the work of other independent (and/or) local designers.
At this point (a year later) I am completely out of room in my current space and can’t wait to move into a larger studio. We will have more room for storage, more room for inventory, more table space for my team to work on post production and outgoing orders, I will have an office where I can close the doors and concentrate on other aspects of creating new product and running a business.
I’m so excited for this new adventure; What the new space will mean for my growing business AND what the new retail portion will bring to the table. It’s uncharted territory, which makes me nervous and excited all at the same time.
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I’ll be posting more details as they come up – and look out for a MASSIVE MOVING SALE — coming very SOON!