Monthly Archives: September 2007

Space………the Final Frontier

I am in the process of looking for a retail space to open up a studio space in Kingsburg.  My dilema?  Trying to find a space that is within the price range of a start up business that won’t require me to sign my life away for five years. 

 Today I talked to someone with 1100 square feet.  Comes ready to move in except for paint and floor covering.  Granted it is in new construction, but they want 1.65/sq. ft for rent and .35/sq ft. for maintenance.  They also would require me to sign my life away for 5 years.  And if the business struggles?  Too bad, I’m on the hook for 5 years…their suggestion was that I could then sub lease the space.  So….1100 sq ft. = $2200/month for five years…..ooo, wait I forgot the 3% included annual increase.

 Another location is just shy of 900 square feet.  Again, new construction.  They are asking 2.00/sq. ft + .50/sq ft maintenance.  They want me to sign my life away for three years.  So 900 sq. ft = $2250/month for Three years.

I had been looking into a place downtown that quoted me .45-.65/sq ft.  It would be close to down town.  People could walk by and see the portrait samples in the window.  I got word yesterday that they are not doing anything with that building anytime soon and that I should look somewhere else.

 I am going tomorrow to go look at a little place.  I’m excited but nervous at the same time.  I’m afraid it might be too small.  But, at the same time, it might be just right for a start up location.  The outside is cute as a bug……….that would be great for a photography studio.  I’m afraid that the ceiling might be too low and that it might be divided into too small of rooms for my use.

 The search continues…….I just need a small space and someone willing to help out a new business owner get started.  *sigh* 

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SMILE

In celebration of Family Portrait Month, October 2007, I’m donating all family portrait session fees to PPA Charities to benefit Operation Smile.

When families participate in Family Portrait Month, they will change the lives of children who would
otherwise face a lifetime of pain and rejection. Each year, Operation Smile, a private, not-for-profit
organization with thousands of volunteer surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and other specialized health care professionals, performs free surgeries on thousands of needy children around the world. In as little as 45 minutes and for a cost of approximately $240, one cleft lip surgery can change a child’s life forever. Each year, more than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity in Operation Smile’s 25 partner countries. Tens of thousands remain untreated.  Last year participating photographers raised over $40,000…that’s a lot of smiles.

Call and make your family portrait sitting appointment TODAY!

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