June 30th, 2009

Magic Carpet Ride

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Just a quick post today to share a few photos from the past few days.  Changing out carpeting in 5,000 square feet is no small task.  Steve had a plan and my plan was to stay out of the way.  We were both right!

We started on Friday taking all of the mannequins, shop models and coned yarns out of the store.

We own a lot of coned yarn:

Once we closed on Saturday, Steve and his crew set about the task of taking as much out of the store as possible.

Along the way we found some missing inventory and a helping hand:

Steve planned to get a solid 2/3 of the store cleaned and hoped to be done in 3ish hours.  He blew that goal out of the water:

Less than two hours later the store was empty.   Even the supervisor was pleased:

At least we know if we ever need to make a quick getaway it can be done 🙂

Steve, our team of helping hands and the carpet layers came in on Sunday morning.  Up came the old carpet

Down went the new carpet.

Then abracadabra the yarn began reappearing:

Sunday was a very long day, but so much was accomplished.  New carpeting was completely installed and more than 1/2 of the store fixtures were back in place.

Monday (the day we swore we were going to be closed) arrived and the task of getting the rest of the store back together started.  First customers arrived promptly at 10:15.  Steve could not say no.  We had shoppers mingling amongs the shelving units being rolled back into place.  Why is it that we seem to thrive in chaos?

Everything got put back together and I must say, the store looks BEAUTIFUL:

My pictures don’t do it justice, really they don’t.

It’s like a brand new store.  The best part is (a) I love the carpeting and (b) the store seems BIGGER.  It’s as if we blocked it over the weekend and it’s now bigger!

Come on in and check out the new carpet, but please, don’t spill anything quite yet!


9 Responses to “Magic Carpet Ride”

  1. Bonney Says:

    Wow! That’s impressive! What is the coned yarn; it’s so shiny. I love the picture of the hand and missing inventory. Very funny!

  2. Laura Says:

    It looks fabulous, Kathy! When I got to the pictures of the new carpet I could *smell* it. Mmm. New carpet goodness. It does look like a whole new store. Congrats!

  3. Judy-So Cal Says:

    It looks wonderful. Although I’m grateful to be able to shop WEBS from the internet I really wish that I could just pop into your store. Mass. is a bit far for this Californian to travel on a whim! Hope it all stays clean at least until the snow falls 🙂

  4. Brenda Giguere Says:

    That store is HUGE. I can’t recall ever seeing a yarn-related store that large. And it looks great. Best wishes to you!

  5. --Deb Says:

    Wow, that is a HERCULEAN task! It looks great, too!

  6. Mujercita Says:

    I am amazed at how well that went- you guys did awesome!

    The blocking the store and making it bigger comment literally made me laugh out loud, by the way.

  7. Kim LaPolla Says:

    Double wow. That is so totally impressive that you were able to move all that yarn and fixtures out in under 3 hours. Next time we move, I’m giving you a call. 😉 Can’t wait to see the new carpet and of course all the yarn when my daughter comes for our annual trek to Webs!

  8. Amy Says:

    Last weekend on our way from the NYC metro area to the Northeast Kingdom of VT we stopped in to WEBS (my first time). Our cranky toddler was happily amused by the toys you had in the shop and the new carpet passed his barefoot test swimmingly. Mama was happy too. And thank Elizabeth for me – she was friendly (as was the whole staff) and helpful and pointed us toward a yummy lunch break.

  9. Frayedknot Says:

    Did you happen to find my bamboo dpn that rolled away?

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