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Building a Boutique - Part One - Homework (Eww.)

The planning stages of Gifted started in January 2015 with the spark of an idea for a great gift shop. I didn't want to open a store unless I could come up with an idea and plan to make it unique. I love boutiques, but I wanted to create a shop that people came to with intention. The end result is a happy marriage of two things I love... gifts and paper. I adore pretty paper. I have endless notebooks that I buy because I love the cover art, mounds of scrapbook paper, and I still buy paper books (gasp!) so I can feel them in my hands. Stationery has been done to death, so I had to come up with a more creative way to incorporate paper into my idea. Now came the thinking part. Sometimes, I really do feel like Winnie the Pooh (think... think... think). 

My inspiration came from my sweet sister, Emily. She wraps gifts with so much care, and they always made an impression at our family celebrations. Holding that beautiful gift in your lap with the anticipation of what could be inside is such a wonderful feeling. It is a mini celebration in itself as you carefully try to unwrap your gift without damaging the paper. It is just fun, and I want that over and over again. And there the Wrappery was born. Now I know that having a gift wrapped at a boutique is far from unique, but the Wrappery will be so much more than that. It is handmade papers and bows, gorgeous embellishments and tags, color and texture and sparkle, all expertly wrapped for you before you leave the shop. No trip to the store for tape. No half empty rolls of paper scattered in closets in your home. No last minute wrap job that is kinda embarrassing and you hope no one notices that you didn't hide the tape. Just something beautiful that you chose with love and had wrapped with all the care that the recipient deserves. I loved my idea and my heart buzzes with the excitement of being able to see it in action.

So... idea... awesome. Now what? Ugh. Now we work don't we? Two dreaded words. Business Plan. Oh boy. If you have never written a business plan before, think about a college term paper but attach your heart to it and then don't sleep for a few weeks. It was hard, I'm not even going to pretend I breezed through it. It took a lot of research and a lot of trial and error. I wrote and rewrote and rewrote. You see, I am a creative person. I like to make and do and bedazzle. I do not like business plans. No glitter anywhere? What is up with that? I pushed through weeks of writing and I finally had something I was proud of. I liked, of course, printing out the plan and holding the pages in my hands and feeling the tangible accomplishment. I gave it a pretty cover. While I do not like business plans, I do like this little business plan filled with my passion for this idea. Wait... what? I have to show it to people? Geez.   

To be continued....

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Lois said:

I just wanna say congratulations on seeing your dream come to fruition at last! Your website really rocks,maybe one day I will get to see it in person.I pray God will bless you so much that this will be the first of a chain of stores!Love you girl!

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