So when my landlord came to the door asking me if I was going to stay, I had to tell him "no". And then I found myself in a situation, am I closing or moving?
There are literally hundreds of empty commercial spaces around the Torrance, Redondo Beach, Lawndale area. I searched Loopnet and Craigslist almost daily. The problem? It was going to cost me a few thousand dollars to move. It's the old first, last and deposit, plus the last months rent all in one fell swoop. Ouch.
Then a week ago Friday, I found a spot. I emailed the owner/manager and inquired. She emailed back and said they were all leased out. My heart sank and I started searching again. Leah Fairbanks came in and taught a workshop while I am a panicked freaked out mess. Sigh. But, on Sunday, for some reason a peace came over me and I knew that things would be okay. I didn't search much that day. I just concentrated on the workshop.
Monday morning I got this email:
I just got notice that I will have a space available. It is 800 square feet, and $XXX per month plus CAM charges of $XX/month. Please let me know if you would be interested in a showing.
Ummm, yes please!
By the afternoon I had see the new space, and filled out the application and credit/background check. On Tuesday she asked to see my Certificate of Insurance. By the afternoon, I was told it's mine! So, The Mandrel is moving to Harbor Gateway!
This is the the actual front... my space is the roll up to the right. There is a candle maker on one side of me on the right... they don't have a door on this side of the building.
This is the other side which is supposed to be the back, but I am going to use it as the front:
On the other side of me is a fire fighter who rents bouncy houses on the side =) Then there is a guy who imports Japanese toys and one more guy who does pre-finish on wood siding for houses.
I've started packing, this is 12 boxes:
Here's the new address:
25101 S Normandie Ave Unit C, Los Angeles (Harbor Gateway or Harbor City) 90710
The phone number will remain the same... my hours will be changing. Noon to 6 Wed-Fri and Sunday Noon to 5 and by appointment. I honestly do not mind if you need to come see me on a Saturday, Monday or Tuesday or even if you can't make it till 6:15. Just give me a call and I will do my best to accommodate you. =)
Very Happily Yours ~Donna @ The Mandrel