Hello again, #betsyandiyabuildout followers! I write an expansion update every other week and each time, the same thoughts invade my mind: I wonder how it’s already possible for another one, how so many leaps & bounds have been made in only a few days, how the grand opening party will be here before we know it (start planning your outfits now, people, it’s going to be a BASH!!). This time, I’m thinking all of those things as per usual, but with greater emphasis on the progress. It’s like when a fetus starts to really resemble a baby human; dry wall now covers the insulation that was put in last week, and the exposed wood wall is almost done. It’s starting to look like an *almost* fully formed space back there!
Insulation is just blowing my mind these days. It’s one of those “don’t know what ya got till it’s gone” things; when it was removed from a portion of our current production space to begin work on plumbing, it was instantly missed (holy chilliness!). In the new space, I was expecting the cotton candy pink kind that I was warned against touching as a kid, but this pillowy version is a lovely shade of mint green and made of wool (it’s also fire and sound proof).
I pop over to check in on things about twice a week, but I forget that my coworkers rarely take breaks to visit. We all decided to venture back after a Thursday all staff meeting and their reactions were gold! I think Alyssa might have actually shed happy tears.
We’ve all highly anticipated the exposed wood wall that’s been discussed since we first saw the plans. Reclaimed wood from Salvage Works arrived (left), was cut to size by Justin (middle), and then up it went! Oooh’s & ahhh’s ensued (right).
On the ground, sawdust & sassy shoes; on the wall, some extremely sexy reclaimed-wood-on-exposed-brick action (how are we going to concentrate with all that beeeeauty?!).
Allow me an indulgent moment: here’s me, as captured by Betsy, with the silly grin on my face that just appears every time I visit the new space.
I’m already looking forward to the next update!
***Song of the Moment: Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 by Pink Floyd***
Hello build out party people. The past two weeks have been eventful at betsy & iya HQ; Portland saw its first heavy snowfall in a few years, we officially added a new employee, Ashley (allowing Barrie to move into full-time production), and we celebrated Maurice the dog’s one year adoption anniversary. Between all of that, expansion progress continued at its own steady pace with continued work on wiring, concrete pouring, and the beginning stages of our new bathroom (!!!!).
Rachel hard at work peeling back the insulation on the wall where our new plumbing pipes will go. Related: insulation works really well.
Concrete being poured to make stairs. Little did we know that the next day would bring a heavy snowstorm to Portland, pausing construction – and pretty much everything else in town – for a few days!
I’m used to seeing the jewelry making tools my coworkers use to assemble, refine, and finish jewelry, but construction tools are largely a new thing for me. I liked the above scene of them hanging out, along with a special message for all who enter the work zone.
I love everything about this giant blade! The colors, the sawdust around it, the tiny “fringes” still attached to the piece of wood, the way it looks extremely dangerous (don’t read too much into that…).
It’s been a while since I posted a wide shot from my trusty spot on the cement floor. Holy wow. Sure it looks chaotic, dare I say ‘messy,’ but it’s a construction zone, after all. Although I’ve never thought of it before, the guts of a building are just like our own innards; not traditionally pretty, but strangely beautiful in their functionality. It’s when I see shots like this that I really notice the progress that’s been made. For reference, below is the scene on Day One.
Until next time,
***Song of the Moment: Daylight by Aan***
If you’ve scanned the Interwebz over the last few days (I can probs just assume that you have, right?), you know that it’s beginning to look a lot like Valentine’s Day out there. Gift Guides. Product slideshows. Cards with “why didn’t I think of that” sentiments. Yep, the forecast is lovey dovey with a chance of full on giddiness. Besides December, February is the month we seem to hear about gift giving most often; what to get your significant other/partner/husband/wife/friend that might be more than a friend you just really need a third date to confirm, etcetera.
It should come as no surprise to you that we endorse jewelry as the perfect gift for all aforementioned potential recipients. If you’re ready to give her a ring but not that ring, if you want to spoil your bestie with a necklace she’s been talking about since your last visit to the shop together, if you just feel like treating yourself & it happens to be February 14th, we got ya covered.
To make February even sweeter, we’re showing our love with two in-store promotions AND a special pre-VDay event. Read on..
RAFFLE OF LOVE
Did you know that in some languages, ‘raffle‘ directly translates to ‘betsy & iya sure loves their customers‘? Crazy, right? To further illustrate this point, our VDay raffle is an opportunity for our in-store shoppers to win one of the following awesome prizes:
- $25 Gift Certificate
- $50 Gift Certificate
- $100 Gift Certificate PLUS an after-hours personal shopping session for you AND 4 of your pals. Oh, and we’ll give each of them $25 to spend, too.
To enter: just come by our shop through Feb. 14th! Portland, it’s that easy. We’ll be picking & notifying winners Feb. 15th.
Is there a better time than Valentine’s Day to make sure your scent game is on point? Because the answer to this is “no,” we’re offering a super deal on fragrances by Imaginary Authors and Tsi-La now through Feb. 14th:
- 20% off one bottle or BOGO 50% off two or more bottles
Both lines are all-natural and offer unisex scents; take advantage of that BOGO deal and buy one for yourself and one for someone special!
LINGERIE FASHION SHOW
As per the Facebook event page: “Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Portland’s favorite lingerie fashion show and lover’s gift event, Unmentionable: A Lingerie Exposition. Our 2014 line up represents a broad spectrum from ready-to-wear basics to couture approach lingerie. This show celebrates that what we wear underneath our clothes is as essential to our silhouette as our outerwear. Join us for an evening of sexy, quirky, fun, and elegant unmentionables.”
I had you at “Lingerie Fashion Show” didn’t I? Get tickets in advance & save!
There you have it, friends. We’re going to have a very busy February and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Hope to see many of you in our shop soon!
Wishing you a very happy Val/Gal/Pal-entine’s Day OR International Singleton Pride Day!
(guess which camp I’m in?)
More x’s & o’s than usual,
***Song of the Moment: Bold As Love by The Jimi Hendrix Experience***
Greetings #betsyandiyabuildout followers, it’s time for another construction update! Last time it was all about foundation; concrete being mixed, poured, and set into place was a process that proved mesmerizing for me. I’m forever grateful for the crew’s patience as I walk up at any given moment in their workday and ask to poke my phone in the middle of things in the name of posterity. They’d have every reason to be annoyed at my intrusions, but I’m always met with patience & complete cooperation. Our General Contractor Rachel has even taken to asking “didya get what you need?” every time I walk away. Yeah, she’s amazing.
The past week was all about wiring. Have you ever considered how much time & effort it takes to make sure a building has electricity & enough outlets? It’s crazy to think about, especially in the case of skyscrapers, sports stadiums, theaters, etc. Although our space is much smaller than any of those places, electricity is integral to what we do. It powers our machines, our computers, our hot water boiler (which could be considered our 11th staff member) and obviously must be included in the new space. Just one of the many details that I’d normally overlook without the unique insight into this project. It certainly makes me more grateful every time I walk into my own apartment & switch on the light without a second thought.
Until next time,
***Song of the Moment: Electric Feel by MGMT***