Today I’m feeling a little bit sick, not ill, just that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you’re feeling a little out of your comfort zone. I shall explain, last week pottering around the neighbourhood with Maud and Mung’s I happened open a store to let. Nothing strange there you might say except (and this is what is making me sick) its in a certified seedy zone, tough words but by this I mean its in a spot that is a bit gritty, surrounded by kebab shops, butcher shops and funny looking newsagents. AND YET there is something about it, I can’t explain, a bit like falling in love I guess when you can’t stop thinking about that person who you’ve only just met, when they (or in this case this store) permeates your thoughts 24 7. Nobody else really gets it, and even though you keep saying I love, I love, I love it, you just get that sort of strange eyebrows raised to the heavens kind of look.
Have I totally lost the plot?
Probably, but here me out, I love the edginess of Dalston how since I’ve lived here its changed from being a so called dead zone to being a hip cool hang out with cafes, cool bars, fab little shops, and this new little shop I’ve found is on the edge of that. I don’t know why I always want to push boundaries or increase an already crazy workload. Moving here 12 years ago was met with sharp intakes of break and gasps but I knew I just knew deep down that it would change. Also I don’t want to replicate our current store no point in that they are barely a few miles apart, nope I want a cafe, a cool fabulous cafe in amongst kebab shops, and butcher shops and the main point a flower shop that takes flower shops to a whole other level. Bunches and bunches, tables and tables full to the brim of our faux’s. I want art on the walls, a selection of vintage finds smattering the floor, and maybe even a DJ spinning some tunes in the corner. Am I mad? I want a flower school, a selection of amazing cool super speedy workshops where people can pop in say for an hour to here about how to inject personality into a space, be bold with colour, accessorise with attitude. Running parallel and in addition to the Design School this is. I want amazing coffee that you would travel across town for, to drink in a place you would love to call home!
That’s what I want.
This morning I am going back to look at it again
No pictures this morning, feeling too queasy to search them out and my minds total attention is concentrated on this store (told you it was like falling in love).
Happy Tuesday everyone.