A Store Goes Empty

The doll shop is officially “between locations” right now – our brick and mortar location is not only closed, but as of today empty.

Before: The shop on its last day of operation
Before: The shop on its last day of operation

That’s the last day the shop was open. You can see we’ve already started to pack up, but the display cases and everything else are still in place.

During: just after moving out the display cases
During: just after moving out the display cases

This was taken a day or two after moving the display cases and other “big stuff”. We rented a 16′ moving truck with a lift gate. After 14 years of carting the display cases around we suffered our first major damage: the front doors of one case shattered when I took a corner just a little to fast and it … uh … fell over onto the counter next to it.

After: Jerome guards an empty store
After: Jerome guards an empty store

Today we emptied and cleaned out the store the rest of the way. Left it for the last time.

Dolls and Friends Headquarters
Dolls and Friends Headquarters

And now, Dolls and Friends is … temporarily at least … operating out of our living and dining rooms. What you can’t see here is (three car) garage that’s currently full of display cases, dolls, stands, inventory, supplies and a bunch of other stuff.

Comments

  1. Bummer! I hope things get to a more manageable state soon.
    Pax,
    Nelson

  2. “Goodbye, Dollie, I must leave you….”
    Jerome is a corgi. Did you know the word is Welsh for “dwarf dog”. They were used to nip the heels of cattle, probably when we stole them from the English!!

  3. Love that guard dog Leo..now you know why the Queen has Corgies [ or is he a rotweiller in disguise ! ].
    By the way Leo, have you posted your thoughts on your election ? We in Aus are totally fascinated with the whole thing. Ours are so boring..love to hear your thoughts.
    Are you quite well now ?.
    Good luck with the new shop, love looking at the dolls.
    God bless,
    Lilian. OO