Friday, March 9, 2012

Progress on our Studio/Store in St. Pete!


The plans for the work at Painting with Fire Studio in St. Pete were approved last week.  So far, they've installed an ADA bathroom, a drinking fountain, replaced the electrical for the lighting on the workshop side and the retail side, installed gas for on-demand hot water.  Over the next two weeks, a new ceiling with track lighting will go in, along with A/C and a ventilation system. After that, the rooftop deck and new awning get installed.


This has been a MAJOR undertaking!  Of course, the budget continues to rise as they find deficiencies in the space as a result of non-permitted work being done over the years.  But it's all good.  We have an excellent general contractor, Fred Dion, (who's related to Celine Dion btw).  Fred calls us everyday with updates ... sometimes twice a day. The project couldn't be in better hands.


I can't believe that I'll be a full-time resident of St. Petersburg in late April and I haven't packed one box yet!

15 comments:

Jennifer Cameron said...

What a wild crazy exciting time for you! The not packing thing would have me totally stressed out, but you seem to be handling everything in stride.

Regina said...

Looking forward to having you down here in Florida. Spent 3 hours enameling at the ArtCenter Manatee and had fun. Would like to learn more from one of your workshops/classes.

Barbara Lewis said...

Jennifer, I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kinda girl! However, I do freak out, but it's usually not until the 11th hour. Maybe THIS is the eleventh hour ... but I don't feel it yet. Maybe another week! LOL

Regina, I hope you come in. We should be up and running by around May 1. Would love to meet you:-)

Diane said...

Great news Barbara! St. Pete...WOW! Bet you are super excite =))

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

I can't wait to see what has been accomplished since I was there in Feb. Sounds like a lot. I don't know how you're going to fit in packing with another trip down here for the class on the 18th and everything else you have going on. But it will happen and all will be good. See you in a week!

Barbara Lewis said...

I'm looking forward to it, Cynthia. Be prepared for a lot of giggling! It's going to be a smaller group ... easier to laugh a lot ... not as many people to look at you weird!

sharon said...

Lucky, lucky you! This is so exciting for you, and well deserved!
BTW, chop chop on the packing!

We need to see photos!

Melissa Meman said...

I'm so happy for you Barbara, but we will miss you up Maryland way!

SueBeads said...

Good for you! I'm glad it's all coming together!

Kalaya Steede said...

Hey Barbara, that sounds so exciting! I hope one day to drive to St. Pete's for a visit. What a lovely place to live. XO

sandi m said...

What an exciting time for you. Can't wait to see the finished studio/shop.
I was in Largo couple of weeks in January; would loved to have met you. Maybe on my next trip.
Cheers!

Elizabeth said...

Baraba!
i cant tell you what a pleasure it was to finally meet you and to learn a bit about torch fired enamel from both you and your wonderful boy! You are going thru a huge move and I am so happy but wish that I had a chance to learn form you here before you left! Just have to follow you around if you ever decide to leave St Pete once you get moved in. that might be hard for you , as your plans sound wonderful!!! I did buy a hot head and I plan to be shopping with you on line as I am very excited about continuing with the bead work!!!
If you do want to shed some of that sea glass that we talked about at ARt and Soul , I would love to have it and I do want to make you a couple of pendants from the glass that you could pair with your gorgeous beads. I will send you $ for a flat rate box!!
Keep on slogging thru- it is a marathon but it will be so worth it!!
Very best and Big hugs!!
Elizabeth Woodford

Davinia said...

So glad it's all coming together for you and what a bonus you have such a great contractor, it makes all the difference. Can't wait for photos.

In the Light of the Moon said...

Wow with so much going on you sound really calm...Yes,I agree...Wine IS a wonderful thing ( ; maybe I should bring some to the class next week..heehee...We could always sneak away...Noone will notice...then again,the giggling in the storage room might give us away.
Thank you so much sweet Barbara for your comment on the utube video of my daughter...she has been bugging me for a utube account and I am just not ready for that so I told her I would put it on my account.Why do they have to keep growing? Why cant they stay 5? Sigh.
Big Hugs,Cat

Pretty Things said...

I'm so happy for you, but I'll miss you being near me!