Previously: Part 1/Part 2/Part 3/Part 4 It’s funny, and telling, that I haven’t written updates on The Labour District Diaries since the store actually opened. We are hella busy. You guys, opening a storefront isn’t for the faint of heart. You will be spending all of your time in that store. You will have … More The Labour District Diaries: Five Months In
This past Friday, we did a quick n’ dirty photo shoot for my Fall/Winter commercial line. The model is Irene Abraham, and here is her Model Mayhem profile. She did her own hair & makeup, and I did the camera work. Here are some pics, more of which can also be found on the F/W14 … More Fall Photo Shoot
That’s right. Our store, The Labour District, will open its doors on Thursday May 1st at high noon. Located at 29 King st E, about a block east of Simcoe in Oshawa, The Labour District will be all shiny and new and raring to go! Want a sneak peek? Here are some poor quality phone … More The Labour District, Open May 1 2014!
Shortly before we moved away from Toronto, I received a good piece of advice from a store owner: rent a space that doesn’t need much work. Once you sign the lease, you’re responsible for everything that happens inside that space, so if it needs a whole shitload of renovating, it’s coming out of your wallet. … More The Labour District Diaries: Part 4
Now we’re getting into the nitty-gritty. Right after we moved to Oshawa, we took an afternoon to walk around the downtown core, and check out all the retail spaces that were up for grabs. We had seen several of them during our research phase, posted on a few realtor websites, but we wanted to see … More The Labour District Diaries: Part 3
Now where was I? Oh yeah, reasearch and development. Once we decided that we were definitely moving to Oshawa, and definitely opening our dream shop, I started looking at retail spaces in downtown Oshawa. We needed to get an idea of what we’d be paying, what the downtown core looked like nowadays, what the competition … More The Labour District Diaries: Part 2
As you already know, we are in the process of opening a retail store, The Labour District, in downtown Oshawa. It’s a lot of work, and we’ve barely just begun. I thought it’d be helpful to write down our experiences, partly for others who are interested in pursuing retail ownership, and partly so we can … More The Labour District Diaries: Part 1