Stop in to the Workshoppe Nov. 16 – Nov. 24, Black Friday, as well as Small Business Saturday for the Fall Market! We are extremely excited to open up the Workshoppe to local vendors during the beginning of this holiday shopping season. Browse the handmade gifts and home decor made by locals from the area while taking care of some of your shopping list at the same time!!
The photo you see above the headline is what The Workshoppe used to be. Just past the counter in the front of the store you could step up and shop through our gifts, housewares, and the many re-purposed decor items from Old Things Made New – the moniker employee/manager, April Munson, creates under. If you look closely at the floor, you can see some commercial carpet that Ted installed following our last remodel of this area in the 90’s. At this time, we moved the paint department to where it is today and Sally Kramer (Ted’s wife, my mom) maintained home decor and gifts in this area. The carpet served its purpose valiantly, but was showing its age and was even tearing on one of the steps up.
With a renewed sense of vigor from our new logo and a front end overhaul, we knew we needed to use this momentum to continue updating the store. The main focus was the worn carpet. As we began to plan our attack as a staff, Ted had said that there were wood floors below the tattered carpet, but wasn’t sure exactly what kind of shape they were in. Ted also knew that above the drop-ceiling there was four to five feet of space that may help the room feel less claustrophobic. He even mentioned that the actual ceiling was adorned with tin, but he didn’t think it was in great shape any longer. The possibility of all of these great, original features got all of us excited (if any of you know April, you know that she was hooked the minute the words, “tin” and “ceiling” came out of Ted’s mouth).
Our plan was simple: 1). Take out the drop-ceiling, bringing the ceiling height back to the original height and utilize the existing tin, hopefully only making minor repairs. 2.) Pull the carpet to examine the original flooring underneath, refinish if viable. 3.) A little paint refresher on the walls. 4.) Put housewares, and April’s merchandise back in place. Done! Little did we know that this would lead to much, much more… LK
Our first blog post, and what a great opportunity to discuss our new venture here at Pecatonica Hardware! Today, Signs Now from Rockford, IL installed our new signage outside a section of the store that has long been housewares, gifts, and more recently, April Munson has been selling re-purposed and re-imagined goods through Old Things Made New. Today it unofficially became “The Workshoppe.”
What is The Workshoppe? Over the past year of renovations, we asked ourselves this thousands of times. We wanted this space to remain connected to the hardware store, but provide an opportunity to interact with the community in new ways. We wanted the space to be flexible enough to meet our needs (retail space, demonstrations, project days, etc.), yet provide an inviting space for people to congregate in downtown Pecatonica. We also wanted it to be available to community members for special occasions.
How are we going to do all of this? We don’t have all of that entirely figured out quite yet. What we do know is, The Workshoppe will be a space to shop, a space to work, a space to learn, a space to meet, and a space to celebrate….
We are still putting the finishing touches on the room and the details of this new venture. Keep checking back for updates, leave comments, contact us with questions, suggestions, etc. We are so excited to open the doors and we will let you know as soon as we have a date. In the meantime, we will be posting photos and stories of our renovation journey. – LK