I am so excited to share that I have my very own studio and work space that was built just behind our house in downtown Phoenix. It's complete now, see the progress photos below.
Frockify, my vintage shop, was located in the Melrose District in Central Phoenix for only a year in 2017. I moved back from NYC and thought I should open a store so I can make a prominent name for myself in Phoenix. I'm so glad I opened the store because I met so many inspiring people and I learned so much about my own business that I didn't know before. However, I am also very happy that I decided to close it. The shop consumed my life and I wasn't ready for that kind of a life. I didn't want the business to suffer because of me and my non-readiness for a shop owner life. For instance, I started shortening my open hours by opening late, closing early, taking off a week or two at a time to vintage hunt across the USA... I had two (lovely and amazing) employees but one would only fill in some days where she could and the other could only work Sundays. I just simply wasn't making enough in the shop to have a full time staff, and I didn't always want to be at the shop because I was creating clothing or music or something else.
So my dad had a brilliant idea to turn our unused carport in the back of our house into a studio space. It was like, "Oh, duh! Why didn't I think of that?" He owns a construction company and my husband is the Project Manager for the company. They were able to turn that ol' carport into a studio in no time and I couldn't be happier. I'm about to close up the shop on Melrose this month and move everything into the studio. Once it's all done I'll share more with you. The studio will be a place where I can create and be creative, and then also take appointments for those who still want me to help style them and buy vintage frocks. I am excited to share this journey with you.