The problem with owning a business that’s housed in a building that’s been deemed by the city a Historical Landmark is this: it was constructed before the days of power tools, levels, possibly even tape measures, which means no two walls are made of the same material or are the same height…which makes is almost impossible to hang shelves straight on a crooked wall that’s part hollow dry wall, part wood and part cement. And because of the Historical Landmark status, no construction can be done to amend any of these problems without the city’s consent- which a) we probably wouldn’t get and b) even if we did it would take a minimum of two years to get the project green lit due to all the bureaucratic red tape, hearings, appeals, etc. that go along with making any structural changes to a city landmark. Oy, my head is spinning just thinking about it.
I’ve always hated the back wall in the store- no matter what I put there it looked congested, crowded or just plain awkward. For years Pete’s had to listen to me talk about how much I hate it. Until last Friday, when he offered this solution:
"You know babe I can build you a wall that will ‘float’ off the real wall, and you can hang shelves from that if you want."
"WHAT????" Like a Tom & Jerry cartoon, I sped around the house grabbing my sketch pad, pencil and swatch bag and returned to him with a rough draft of my vision. Thanks to his impressive carpentry skills, an extra large pizza, and a 2am finish, just one week later our project is complete. We did it!!!! And the end result is sublime, if I do say so myself. :)
The only downside- now Pete has to hear me talk about how much I love it. :)