It was the month of July, 2009, and I had just moved our company out of its first non-home workspace. The connections I had made through my previous business inspired a partnership that has been a match made in business heaven. My biz acquaintance, Amanda, and I (and her business partner) opened a shop together. She had a dream of having a most awesome gift shop (or as we like to call it–“The best store ever”) where she curated from local artisans and purchased their wares directly from them to support them from the get go.
We found a space in Burbank, CA. I had been looking for my own space, but the rent was more than I could swing at the time. During a last-minute lunch to discuss what we both wanted in a space, I got a call from a realtor in Burbank. There was a space that was available and we jumped at the chance to see it. We met and looked it over….the space was too big for us, however it brought us to the area and we found the perfect location. Two weeks later we signed a lease and on April 1st, 2009, got the keys. On July 25th, we had our soft opening (ignore the potentially nasty term) and the rest is history.