January/February: 1st of January was our last trading day at the Holistic Emporium before we closed our doors for a 6-week refurbishment project. We planned to knock out a couple of walls to further open up the shop floor enabling us to stock more new items! here is our progress....
Week 1 - This week was spent packing up all our lovely crystals and bits and pieces, carefully wrapping up stock and boxing up everything in preparation for the building and decoration works to come.
Week 2 - A week off! we had booked a week away for us and our furry boys so Monday to Friday were spent in Blackwood Forest!
Week 3 - Building works begin! this takes best part of the week, putting new shelving inside the shop window, knocking down walls and revealing part of a stock room that could not be demolished. We had to now think on our feet and change all our plans as we could not square off the shop and had only managed to gain a few feet of extra stock space. For the most dramatic effect we would have to also move the counter so after playing about with several ideas we decided it would be best to move it towards the back so as to 'open up' the shop.
Week 4 - With the building works complete the decorating begins, mum and dad help out and the wallpaper and paint go up and we have endless pieces of trellis to paint green and foliage to wrap too, Kim comes in to help us at the point too.
Week 5 - It's the first week of February by now and the Electrician is due to start work!. We are putting all new LED lighting throughout the shop, saving energy and hopefully money over time. We are also due to visit a trade fair in Birmingham and see a couple of suppliers taking us over to the 'big rock' for 5 days while the electrician is at the shop, rewiring, fitting the ceiling lights and giving us some much needed extra plug sockets.
Week 6 - The final week before we open! last minute bits are painted and decorated including our new Card Reading Room and the stock starts to come back out and be put in its new locations.....this process however takes a lot longer than we think and the opening date we first plan is not achievable so we push it back from the Saturday to the Monday. This involves several 2am finishes and lots of resilience and soul searching to get it completed on time for our opening.
Opening day - We had a fabulous opening day and lots of a regular customers poured though our doors showing us their love and support and everyone loved the new look!
March to June: These months will be going down in history. These are the months the Coronavirus struck! The virus was first reported at the beginning of February, By 20th March all the cafes and pubs were told by the government to close and by 23rd March all shops were also told to close! so here we are are....
July to December: It was a rather unpredicatable year, a strange but busy summer followed by various lockdowns and other trading restrictions. We needed to change the way we worked and started to concentrate more one our online areas. Our Facebook page exploded to more than 10,000 likes! and we started to do live stream videos and shopping events; these went down really well and we continue these events several times a month. Christmas Eve 2020 was our last day of trading before the second wave of Covid-19 hit and here we are in lockdown again.