Before we ever turned the closed sign on our door to open, Arin and I sat in the loft of ephemera with hundreds of pages printed off the internet detailing the stationery industry. We were making a business plan. After days and days and days of perfecting our plan, when we were tired and bored, Arin looked at me and asked, “Do we have to finish this?” The first time she asked me that, being the trained business woman that I am, I said, “YES!”. The second time she asked me, I said, “I think so.” The third time she asked me, I said, “If we don’t finish it, then what do we do?”. We stared at each other. And then we smiled. And then we turned the closed sign to open.
I can’t remember the first customer who walked through ephemera’s door. To be honest, I can’t remember our first sale. But I can say with confidence that Arin and I high fived after he or (probably) she was (hopefully) out of earshot. I’m sure our mothers were called. I don’t call my mom after every sale, but I am still filled with the same amount pride and nervousness and excitement and hopefulness and bravery and what-the-hell-are-we-doing bafflement as I was on the day we opened.
After two years, it seems our ideas are becoming too big for the space they were in. They were becoming squished. And with that, we knew it was time to pack our bags and move into a space that would let our ideas and dreams grow and develop. We are moving into ephemera’s dream space. I simply cannot wait to show you. When you first lay eyes on it, you just might pee your pants or weep tears of joy or jump up and down squealing or you might do all of the above. We’re staying in our current location (333 e. grand ave #102) until Saturday, October 31st and then we will open the doors in our new location (505 e. locust) on Tuesday, November 3rd. Stop in to say good bye to our old space and to welcome us into our new space!
Until November 3rd, here’s a sneak peek at our new space!
If you’re feeling nostalgic, take a look at the original ephemera!