It feels weird. Twelve years ago I entered into a lease of about 900 square feet of retail space. The place was empty as one would expect. But not for long. Soon, it would serve as a showroom and production area for Victor Valley Awards & Trophy Co. Small but mighty, we joked that this was our world headquarters. It served us well for five years, when we made a decision to lease another 1000 square feet, acquiring the adjacent suite. We were in desperate need of a “real” and larger showroom. Our original space became our production area and backroom filled with inventory. Suffice it to say that this “backroom” made use of every square inch of available space. Floor to ceiling, wall to wall.
We built a beautiful showroom seven years ago. And business was good. People felt that they had a nice place to come to for great displays of recognition awards and trophies suitable for any occasion and budget. Ultimately, just as with our production area, our showroom became tastefully filled with product choices.
Ninety days ago, we made the decision to retire. Sixty days ago, we gave notice to our landlord. Today is the 59th day and both spaces are completely empty once again for the first time in 12 years. We took a final look at what once represented our place of livelihood post-corporate careers. This was the location of our small business dream come true. Our “world headquarters”. As we locked the doors for the final time, we looked at each other and said “DONE!”
But it still feels weird.