Thursday, January 22, 2009

A New Business Adventure...

...has kept me busy in the last week...my dear friend and former broker Stuart Dalrymple, are currently working on a new project for downtown Searcy. There is a story behind this...a couple of years ago, I sold the building that housed the Van-Atkin's Department store for decades to Stuart...it was owned by Rick, my husband and his family...they did not wish to keep it even though I adored the place and would loved to have worked and lived in it...with that being said, Stuart purchased it with the intention of keeping retail space on the lower floor and turning the upper area into lofts...

The ground floor consists of 10,000 square feet, 5,000 of which is shared by The Boutique and Tara Dalrymple's Dance Studio...that leaves us 5,000 square feet and an idea of what to do with it...

Stuart knew that I love art and was looking for a place to display and sell it, that I love the building in particular with it's history and beautiful old details that it presents, such as the ceiling tin shown here...(it was built in 1895 and is included in our Main Street Searcy District which we became a part of a couple of years ago)...so he called me in to see if I would like to help in making the place into a gallery type rental spaces for artists, crafters, gifts, decor, etc...we are currently looking for interested parties and are working out the details...if you have always wanted a small business but didn't want the big overhead, or if you are looking to show off your work and a place to sell it, contact me today with what you have in mind...we are very excited about bringing a great place to Searcy where you can find something for everyone or a great place just to come and browse and see what's happening...you can reach me anytime by email...kelly@cbcompleterealty.com!
















16 comments:

Vinyl Rocks My World said...

That looks like a beautiful and very promising space!
Best of luck! :O)

goooooood girl said...

your blog is very good......

kellyvanhook said...

thank you both for your great comments! The space is coming along...windows are going in today so I'll add updates soon...thanks again!

Katherine said...

Looks like a pretty promising space for a gallery... If only I could display my art there.. heh heh...

-Katherine
PS I found your blog through my mom.

Beth said...

Looks like its going to be a very nice space Kelly! When do you think it will be ready to fill up?
Beth

Sunny said...

Very cool, glad to finally see pics of the building. Excited to see how it all comes together!

Scott said...

Gee, It would be a great place for me to open a bar! Too bad Searcy never figured out Prohibition ended a lifetime ago! -scott

kellyvanhook said...

Katherine, you are absolutely awesome...I actually knew you when you were young, but that was before you moved to CA! I have to say your blog is wonderful...I didn't even know you had one, nor your mom's that I found out about this week from my mom, lol...you are one smart and beautiful cookie girl...keep it up!!! You can send your art here to sell anytime although you are in the great state of CA and there are probably thousands of places that would love to display and sell it! Keep in touch...let me know how you are doing!!

kellyvanhook said...

Beth, to answer your question, I'm not totally sure on the timeline...depends on the contractors, lol...painting was being done on the front today and then they'll put in the windows...sheetrock needs finished in the back and painted...ceilings and lighting need finished and then the floors...then installing phone and internet...THEN we'll be close, lol...I'll keep you posted!! Sunny, we are excited too! I'll post some more pics as soon as they get a few things done and of course update everyone over at the AREtsy thread! Thanks for commenting!!!

brenco1 said...

Kelly how exciting and what a wonderful idea. Can't wait to you get opened so I can come visit and see and hopefully buy some wonderful works.
Brenda

kellyvanhook said...

Thank you Brenda! I look forward to seeing you guys come through and I also hope some of you may decide to sell some of your work at some point! I'm going to take mom to see it in the next couple of days...she's always got great input! Thanks for commenting!

kellyvanhook said...

Hey Scott! You are so very funny, lol...we are trying to assist in the reviving of retail in downtown and hope in the future to have such a place...you never know...we were wet up until 1964...it would bring more business to the area although I really don't want any package stores here...that's another topic though, lol....

Ekio Locatiare said...

Space looks great! Can't wait to see it develop. ^-^

BululuStudio said...

Very interesting project Kelly

Best Wishes

kellyvanhook said...

Thanks Ekio and Bululu...I can't wait to see it develop as well...I'm getting fantastic feedback and hope to have more info soon...

Tutu Cute and Moore! said...

What an exciting adventure! I would definately be hanging out with you if I lived closer. Best wishes for success in your new business.