I’m not going to show you wide shots of the deli, general store, and bakery spaces right now because they would make you want to crawl under your covers and never come out. We are currently in the Humpty Dumpty stage, where it looks like nothing will ever be put back together again. Floor has been pulled up, trenches have been jack-hammered, piles of dirt are sitting outside…it is most definitely a construction zone!
On the other hand, rooms are being framed out, electricity is being installed, ducts are going in, and it’s getting easier and easier to envision the things that are going to be going on in the various spaces in just a few short months.
But another part of it is actually imagining the mercantile products on the shelves-and I can actually picture individual products on the shelves. I’ve been so intimately and intricately involved in selecting the things we’ll be carrying (thanks in part to your feedback a few months ago) and my mind is already arranging things in various ways. It’s somewhat unlike me, as my mind usually goes to colors and patterns of individual objects (oh, and food) rather than arranging and decorating spaes…so this is creatively very exciting for me.
Oh, and I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing. I feel like a flaming horse riding into a hay barn!
But at least I’m smiling.
Well, Marlboro Man and I have our own little movie and it’s called “We Bought an Alco.”
So here’s what happened. Our beloved Alco store (which coincidentally used to be a Walmart store back in the day!) sadly went out of business a year or so ago. The big building has sat empty since then, and a couple of months ago, when I was making plans to launch the online store for The Merc when it opens, Marlboro Man made the hair-brained suggestion that we look into the possibility of buying the old Alco building. As I sometimes tend to do when Marlboro Man makes suggestions like these, I laughed, said “Yeah, right! Hahaha! Hahahahahaha HA! Har. Hee?”
Then, of course, I saw the reasoning behind it.
And then, about two minutes later, I decided we had to try to make the Alco building happen and it was all I could think about.
Marlboro Man is a troublemaker.
The truth is, we never would have been able to build a new warehouse for even close to what we paid for Alco, and now that we’re getting it all set up (the photos above are a few weeks old-I’ll take some new ones today, as you won’t believe the progress), I’m so excited that we’re using a building in our town that already existed. There are enough steel buildings in the world, man!
So the moral of the story is: Make all the plans you want in life. Then just sit back, pop popcorn, and see what happens. If you had told me a few months ago that we’d be setting up our warehouse and shipping center in the old Alco store, I would have thought I ate too much Cool Whip before I went to bed the night before and was having wacky dreams. (That’s happened to me before, you know.)
Another moral of the story: When Marlboro Man says “I have an idea,” run. Run fast in the opposite direction. Ha!
Thanks for letting me share the crazy-fun developments here in Osage County. I’m headed to the Merc today and will snap pics of the madness. (Whether I will post them or not, I haven’t quite decided. It depends on how scary they are.)
Lots of love,