|Posted on December 5, 2017 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
Friday 12noon-6pm & Sat 9am-5pm .
|Posted on August 12, 2017 at 7:50 AM||comments (0)|
I forgot to mention, that it's been 1 years since our Grand Opening. We are celebrating by offering everything in the store at 30% off. Now is the best time to stock up for Christmas and Birthdays! I'm open 10am-6pm Wed & Fri. You can set up an appointment if those days/hours don't meet your schedule. A sincere THANK YOU from my family for suppotying us this past year. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.
|Posted on August 12, 2017 at 7:45 AM||comments (0)|
Due to certain limitations and upcoming commitments, I'm having to restructure the retail store in Braselton. I see them all all as positive changes.
We have been selling in Braselton for around 2.5 years. We have had the shop since March of last year and officially opened to the public a year ago this month.
It's been a success that I'm very grateful for, but a very limited success.
My online businesses that had been consistent in cashflow prior to me opening retail in Braselton have greatly slowed due to neglect and I need dedicate extra time to reestablish those to be reliable income again.
"Use what works and throw away the rest...."
The main purpose to restructure a business is to point it in the direction of its profit potential. I realize not all the changes will make everyone happy. But they are best for my family and I after listening to customers and looking at the actual numbers.
I'm going down to only being open to the public Wed & Friday 10am-6pm (starts August 16th). These are are 2 days that people regularly show up and purchase. I get asked about weekends. I've sat there on Saturdays for months and never had anyone come in, let alone seen more than 5 cars come down Henry Street. My location has everything to do with that. I will still be available for appointments 7 days a week, as long as I can get 24hr notice. The month of December I will be open everyday up to Christmas.
The other days, I need to fabricate so that I have something to buy when people come in or for events we participate in. It's been embarassing to be low on inventory and have potential new customers come in. That's not a good first impression to make and many in fact never returned for second glance.
In general people in Braselton just want to buy something and leave. They don't want to have to make a second trip or necessarily be a monthly regular. They want to "gift and go". I sincerely get that and I'm fixing it.
I'm getting away from individual custom work and repairs and going back to only doing production work for my and other companies. Too many custom projects often leaves me short on having inventory for walk-ins, holidays , and town events. When set up for production I can make up to 10 knives or leather goods in the space of time it takes to do one custom. That's a reality check that I need to start cashing to keep in the black.
All that said, I'm finishing up all the projects (past and present) that I've already committed to complete.
As I fill up the store with (hand made) inventory, the leather making shop contents will be moved off premises so that the full available space can be utilized for retail. I currently only utilize 1/3 of my shop for that purpose and working in there is cramped at best. So something had to change.
I will be moving in my sharpening equipment to do everything on site. I can sharpen most knives in under a minute. No more needing to drop off and pick up. It's done while you wait which is what people want.
Some prices will go up, but not too much that it will shock anyone. I buy my materials and tooling in bulk and on sale. Fuel prices go up and down. When I use up and replace them, *I* often get sticker shock. But I've rarely raised price on the end product to customers this year. P&L says I need to start doing it.
There was much more interest in individual 1 on 1 forging classes than group classes. So I will not be hosting group forging classes for rest of the year. Maybe next Spring. If you want to learn to forge 1 on 1, it's $20hr. I'm only available evenings that my wife is home from working her 2 jobs so the days available change weekly. You can contact me at [email protected] for details if this interests you.
"No refund. No returns." No one has ever requested either since we opened the store, but I'll be posting a sign anyway. Most places that sell handmade or Antiques have same policy already in place.
That's it. Nothing too drastic or painful. But all are necessary.
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|Posted on August 13, 2016 at 9:05 AM||comments (0)|
For those that haven't seen the shop yet, here are a few pics. It's not a big place, but I've tried to make the retail part look presentable. I'm an early American history enthusiast, so not hard to see where I draw my inspiration from. Here's a teaser pic. I'll put some proper pics up whenever I get back up to the shop.
Our first week open was great. I met a lot of interesting and nice people. We sold some stuff and had our ribbon cutting ceremony by the city .It was an impromptu thing, but we decided to cut the ribbon with one of my Bowie knives. Desiree and I had a great day together that day!
I haven't really been around the public in quite some time and caught strep throat during that first week open. So we were closed all this last week. I have an autoimmune disorder that makes fighting infections hard, so I'm still dealing with it. I don't know when I will be able to regularly be down there, so I've decided to just be up at the shop by appointment only the rest of the month. I haven't made anything all week, because I haven't been able to wear my respirator. So no new work to show yet.
My wife was going to open the store for me today and sit down there from 10-7. But we got a phone call from the Doc office Thurs that she is suspected of having thyroid cancer. She's been tired a lot and not feeling well herself , so I thought it best she just stay home and get some rest. We will be dealing with the rest of the testing this coming week. Prayers, are certainly appreciated.
If you like to make an appointment, you can e-mail me and we will go from there.
|Posted on July 29, 2016 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Been busy working on inventory. Ordered a few things too, but tracking looks like stuff won't be here until Tues or Wed after we have the GO event. Finished the indoor and outdoor chalkboard signs. We painted the front end of the store lastnight. So everything is finally getting staged today for the big day. Won't have as much done or as much stock as I'd like on opening day, but the GO is actually going on all month so it will even out. I will probably post a few sneak peak photos this weekend. Much to do today, so we heading back to the shop........
|Posted on May 13, 2016 at 9:10 PM|
Hello and welcome to my blog!
Here you can read about what projects I'm working on, sales we have going on, and breif updates on the progress of our small shop.
So in no particular order, here is currently happening.....
I was at the April Antique & Artisan Festival.That's my daughter and I in the pic. I was representing my freinds at the Braselton Gallery where I have sold for the last year. In fact when we open, we will still be selling through the Gallery. They can be available to the public for many more hours a day than my fabrication schedule and Dad duties allow. Plus they are just great folks. They are down the street my new shop and can be found at http://www.braseltongallery.com Please tell them Dave sent you if you stop by.
June 24th (a Friday) is the day we hoping to schedule my Grand Opening. I will have incredible specials that will only be available Friday and Saturday. These will mostly be small knives suitable for everyday use or gift giving. They will be limited to what I can get done between now and then.
I'm sporatically at the shop until we are "officially" opened. I fabricate at different places, but I'm usually in the 54 Henry Street location from 12-3 weekdays and 10-7 on Saturday.
A sandwich board for outside is being worked on so that everyone will be able to easily see when I'm open to the public.
I'm looking into a regular sign for the building and going to Griz Graphics soon to have the road sign graphics made. It will likely just say "Knives" with an anvil and an arrow pointing to us. I'd love to have more than that, but it's a side street and I think that's the best way to grab someones attention as they are driving at 35mph past it.
I'm much more than a knife maker and the shop has many other things than knives, but I have to get folks in the door first to be able to see that for themselves.
My (autistic) son is almost out of school. So we are gearing up for what should hopefully be a fun summer for our family. You may meet him at the shop. If you do, please don't be too loud. You are welcome to ask him to give you a high five. Don't take it personal if he shy's away.
Well, I guess that's my first blog entry. Hope to meet you all very soon.