Here comes the sun




Encouraging developments yesterday in Needlepoint Land.

After consulting with my good friend Jeff from Amazon (who’s now really into phones these days) I finally figured out how to retrieve my voicemails from my Galaxy 5. It turns out that George the installer was leaving me messages all along!

He is coming by the store today with the pedestal for the second thread tower.

He also said that he might have the custom shelving in place by Saturday.  These are the two shelves that I want perpendicular to the two main walls of the store.  They’ll have some sort of rods / bars underneath them, which I will use to hang canvases.

pepperpot silkSpeaking of display towers, yesterday I moved the Pepperpot Silk threads that were hanging on one of the towers to the pegboard that I salvaged from the L-shaped counter delivery palette.  I like having the threads all in one place like this, so you can see all the colors without having to turn the tower around. I also have plenty of room here to add more colors. As for the towers, I’ve decided to use these to display carded threads.

I also found a replacement sign outfitter for the transom above the door. I will not be going for the $400 road sign route that a previous sign outfitter quoted me, thank you very much. And I’m not going all  fancy with the transom sign either. Just something very basic that spells out the Needlepoint Land store name is all that’s needed — at this time.

In addition, I’ve reconfigured my various merchandise accounts at B of A as to better support my new business.

I won’t get into what that means exactly, but if you ever want to set up your own shop,  you will want to — de minimus — have your various business-related bank accounts set up such as you can do instant online cash sweeps from your “working capital” merchant account to other accounts that cannot automatically be accessed by anyone other than yourself. There are other things you may need to keep in mind, depending on the types of accounts you set up.

Finally, I received word that my credit card terminal processor application is now complete, and all that remains is review and approval by the underwriter.

If all goes well, I may even be in a position to open for business by July 4th!

© Erin McGrath and, 2012 – 2016


About Erin

Owner of Needlepoint Land, LLC. Professional in the field for more than 15 years, during which I have managed and/or worked with various high-end needlepoint shops. I enjoy teaching both beginners and advanced stitchers, and have created numerous stitch guides, with speciality thread selections, for in-store customers and private clients. I maintain contact with an extensive network of needlepoint vendors, custom artists, and, most importantly, reliable, high-quality finishers. I look forward to hearing your comments on my blog!

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