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Old 2012-07-10, 9:32am
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In the last three weeks my husband and I made the leap to purchase a gallery in our town and to add a 10 person torch setup in the back. We've been so excited about this possible career change I've hardly had time to think of anything else. We will be located in southeaster MI in a town called Wyandotte. The lampwork area is a huge room that used to be a stone volt for fur coats. The ceiling is high but walls floor and ceiling are all cement. If any of you have experience in running a business that is similar I would live to hear your thoughts. There are so many facets to think about.
Right now we are waiting for the mortgage to go through and then I will get a plumber out to do the natural gas and also have a local heating and cooling company out to look at ventilation.
For th efun part I need to start purchasing glass, beads, metals and other jewelry making tools and supplies. If you have any suggestions for wholesalers to go through or shows I should be attending please let me know.
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Old 2012-07-10, 12:40pm
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Good for you guys ! How exciting it must be . No advice here but just make sure the ventalation is good. Enjoy the process and good luck.
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Old 2012-07-10, 2:23pm
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Oh, how exciting!
Very close to my dad's house.
I'll have to make a point to come see you when you get all set up.
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Old 2012-07-10, 2:26pm
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What kind of torches are you going to be running?

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Old 2012-07-10, 2:47pm
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good deal!
like someone else mentioned, if it's an old vault, ventilation might be an issue. be sure to do smoke testing and such.
i wish someone would do what you're doing in my neck of the woods!!
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Old 2012-07-10, 6:01pm
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I wish Wyandotte and Lowell were closer.....
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Old 2012-07-10, 7:59pm
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Sweet! I work in Wyandotte 2 days a week and actually live close by! Can't wait to see you guys start up!

Best of luck with everything.
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Old 2012-07-10, 10:13pm
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Wow! congratulations
All the best, and let us know how it all goes.
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Old 2012-07-11, 11:58am
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How exciting! Best of luck for your new adventure!
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Old 2012-07-11, 1:41pm
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Do your homework in the Studio and Safety sections here. I see you've been a member for some years so you've probably done that already
I wish you all the best with your new venture!
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Old 2012-07-11, 1:44pm
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Sounds grat! Would love to see pictures.
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Old 2012-07-11, 3:15pm
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It would be wonderful if you could attract some of the big names for teaching classes. There really isn't anyplace in Michigan that does that. Closest I've found is Chicago.
It sounds like you'd have the perfect set up. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 2012-11-24, 10:57am
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Thanks everyone. Since my last email it has been a whirlwind of work (i am a hs teacher), moving, adopting a two year old bouvier, and lining up work to be done. I had forgotten that I had even posted. We are going to have a plumber out to look at hooking up our gas. It has been diffivult finding someone that knows what they are doing. Thanks again for the well wishes. We hope to be open in February. Will post pics. Take care.
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Old 2012-11-24, 10:59am
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Rsimmons we plan on having minors but want all torches on disconnects so people could bring their own torches.
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Old 2012-11-25, 5:08pm
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Thanks for the follow up, sounds lke you have been busy. How is your ventilation for the teaching area set up?

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