We are within two weeks of opening, and very possibly one. Everything’s moved in, we’re just organizing everything now. The last inspectors should be in early next week. And we have pictures!
So seriously, this is it. Could something stop us? Well, sure, the world is full of happy little catastrophic surprises. But we’re talking statistically unmeasurable stuff.
So What’s Left?
We’re still finishing organizing, putting everything in a place and tidying. The second picture shows our progress on some shop terrain (with big thanks to a few helpers). There’s a pile of tools and odd building material carefully out of view of those photos, too.
And there are two inspections: a final inspection on our renovation, and the fire marshal check. We did everything up to code, so there’s no reason to expect a hang-up. The parish inspection office has been absurdly helpful and courteous at every stage, and not influenced at all by all those doughnuts Allie brought them. A few people have suggested the fire marshal might be tough, so we’ll see. We’ve treated all our inspectors with total respect, and it’s worked out so far.
Once the inspections are done, we go get our use and occupancy permit, which lets us occupy our store and use it. With that and our end of make-ready done, we will be open for business. I honestly think it’ll be sometime next week, but I’ve never applied for a use and occupancy permit, so I don’t know how long it really takes.
How’s it Look?
By the power of Grayskull, it looks awesome! It’s incredibly comfortable, the shelves are bulging with games, and the staff are gorgeous (and very humble). Don’t take my word though, several people have dropped in to peek and walked around grinning ear to ear. I’m sure they’ll comment below.
We’ll post an official date after applying for use and occupancy, when we have a realistic time frame on getting it. We’ll gear up the advertising in short order, too.