We have been in Pittsburgh for just about 7 months. When we arrived, we did the best we could to get things up and running hoping to minimize our down time. Everything came together nicely and it felt workable enough. One thing we have learned from the last several months running a high producing studio in a store front space is that you are always on display - often feeling like you're in a fish bowl. It was beginning to get to us. So, we rearranged (partly in preparation for a third sewing station..for our new assistant who will be starting soon!!) and we added some trees to the windows. They form a screen between the street and us without covering the windows with curtains. It's amazing how much a few trees can completely change the feel of a space. We added a HUGE schefflera, a plant whose name I can't remember and a lemon tree! We're growing lemons in the studio! This will be a fun experiment.
The next phase?? Custom building all of our shelving and parts storage....though, don't expect photos on that project any time soon...we're still sewing 7 days a week completing all of the orders in queue (if you're waiting on an order...it will arrive soon!).