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August 26th, 2007

Our Latest Venture @ 02:18 am

Current Music: Soundtrack to 'Avenue Q'

Although there are still several details to work out, I’m excited to say that it looks like Storm and I will be taking over a store in Walnut Creek soon. The place is called ‘Dolphin Dream’ and although I can’t say that I care much for the name, it is an established business, having been there since ’89. It came into existence when the New Age was all the rage, and has managed to thrive in all the years since. It is something of an esoteric boutique, a place where you are sure to find something to be enchanted by. There are rooms in the back that are sub-leased to massage therapists and tarot readers, as well as a classroom for events, and it seems as though there will be space for my mother to come with us, which given the cost of elder care is essential if I am to work outside my home. Carnivalia will continue, although I will likely discontinue things that are too much hassle for me to make, while at the same time gain the opportunity to sell more items that are manufactured elsewhere. It will be nice to have back-stock somewhere other than in our increasingly crowded house. Not all of my stuff will fit in at the new store, but much of it will. This is a huge undertaking for us, and is more than a little intimidating. I’ll have employees and accountants, and I’ll have to wear shoes like a grown up. As things become more finalized I’ll be blogging more about it. Right now there is financing to finalize, contracts to draw up, a landlord to interview with, regulations to study, and of course all this will be taking place with the holidays on our heels. My hubby and me are gonna be busier than usual for the foreseeable future, but when it is all settled I think I will enjoy the outcome. Wish us luck.

 
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From:ravenedgewalker
Date:August 26th, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
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wow! congratulations :)
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From:slagkick
Date:August 26th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
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Carnivalia will continue, although I will likely discontinue things that are too much hassle for me to make

As long as you don't stop making squimps!
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From:carnivalia
Date:August 26th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Squimps have become my signature doll design, so they will stay.
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From:nightqueen13
Date:August 26th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
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The very best to you both! Sounds really good.
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From:thorn_plutonius
Date:August 26th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
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Good luck!
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From:witchchild
Date:August 26th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
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Awesome!

(so long as you give a heads up on what may be discontinued. I really want to get a spirit board at some point.)
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From:carnivalia
Date:August 26th, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Spiritboards will continue, as will my arcane signboards. They sell the best and represent some of my best work, so no worries.
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From:apocalypso23
Date:August 26th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
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way to go! yay! *wishes you luck*
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From:polychromatic22
Date:August 26th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Congrats.

Truly awesome yay!
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From:bellamagic
Date:August 26th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
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Best of luck! Wonderful!
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From:archanglrobriel
Date:August 26th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Congratulations and good luck! You'll have to give those of us who are local a heads up whenever you get it all just the way you want it so we can come down and check it out!
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From:carnivalia
Date:August 26th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Sure thing!
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From:epinoid
Date:August 26th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
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Very awesome.

We wish you all the best in the new venture. Hopefully one of these days I will get a chance to head out to the bay area again and will be sure to stop in.
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From:tanith_astlik
Date:August 26th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
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That's wonderful! Congratulations! :)
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From:oldhalloween
Date:August 26th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)

Luck!!!!

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How exciting! This sounds like the perfect next step in your career. The fact this store has remained open when so many have dried up since the 80s is a very good sign. There must be a good community base to support it. Very happy for you.
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From:carnivalia
Date:August 26th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Luck!!!!

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Thanks! We have toyed with the idea of starting our own store for a while, but it is so risky. This has an excellent track record, plus my partner managed the place for several years, the employees are knowledgeable and the present owner will be staying on for a year as an advisor. It's not my dream store, but over time I hope to do some retail rhinoplasty on it.

I wish that I was getting to sooner so that I could decorate it for Halloween.
From:nytemuse
Date:August 26th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
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Yay, congrats :)

Soon as you guys are settled, ducks in a row, etc, we'll have to come check it out :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 26th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
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good on yer!

happiness, prosperity, and plenty of biz!!!

CARNIVALIA

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