In June 2013 we decide that we need to get a storage unit. It was hard to get around in the garage. Flash forward to October 2014 (it’s an abridged timeline) and not only do we have a full storage unit and a full garage, we also have a full basement and I spend most of my free time rearranging our furniture so we can stack a steamer trunk here and hang a lantern there. Yes, you can walk around our living room and find price tags.
Enter Scott’s third favorite past time, looking at real estate. Nothing fancy mind you. Just a larger warehouse that would potentially have enough room to also work on bigger pieces instead of dragging them down the labyrinth that is our basement steps to the workshop.
While we would have loved to be in Tremont or Ohio City (closer to our hipster peeps – pretty sure calling them that negates them being our peeps, but we both just turned 40 so we have no use for learning new technology or slang – can you say mid-life-crisis?) it was just way out of our price range for what is essentially a hobby. So we turned west to Lorain County.
While perusing some cinder block shanties on the outskirts of such metropolises as Amherst and Elyria, he came across a two-story storefront in beautiful downtown Lorain that may or may not be related to a piece of property featured in a Tom Hanks and Shelly Long movie. So yes, we loved it. It has a skylight, people. And an elevator shaft that has been taking on water for a decade or two, but who’s counting? We’ll take it.
So here is the tail end of that timeline, unabridged…
Early November – Make a deranged low-ball offer that immediately gets accepted (no red flags there) and ask to close on December 1.
Late November – Incorporate. That’s right. We’ve gone legit. This includes actually changing our name. Scott was starting to feel awkward that Renaissance MAN might not have been a complete reflection on the effort. Unfortunately, most Renaissance variations were already taken. Stupid hotel chain. So we very cleverly looked up synonyms in a thesaurus. (I’ve had some advanced learning.)
November 29 – Go to an auction and buy more stuff. Duh! Series of unfortunate events…limited number of good items…a dealer from New York and a dealer from Texas show up at said auction in the middle of BFE Ohio and drive prices up on anything worth bidding on…the normal lunch counter is closed so I am denied the cheesey fries I have been dreaming of since emerging from my Thanksgiving food coma.
December 1 – Have not received closing documents but meet with a roofer to at least discuss the elevator shaft ceiling. This will involve having to rent a crane to get the materials to the roof. I refrained from explaining the pulley system I had just seen used on Alaska’s Last Frontier as an alternative. Fork over a deposit.
December 2 – Have not received closing documents.
December 3 – Sign closing documents but don’t have keys.
December 4 – Start work on roof.
December 5 – Told by Utilities Department that I have to come there in person with proof of ownership before they will put the water in my name. Upon arrival make a mental note to do everything in my power to NEVER have to return as it was akin to entering a 1990’s BMV.
December 6th was Saturday. Ready to put in a full day of clean up. Right after Scott goes on a run and I take Morgan to the eye doctor to get her new lenses cut to her glasses and Scott goes to an estate sale and we stop at the post office to mail packages…
Sidebar: we were shamed into bringing one package home because I mistakenly told the truth when he asked if there was anything fragile and then received a ten minute lecture on why it would never make it to Madison, OH in one piece even though it totally would. But here is a thought. Most of his reasoning for it not making it there was based on it being thrown into the bottom of a large container and additional boxes being thrown on top of it. So why in the hell do you ask if it is fragile if you are not going to treat it any differently than a regular package????
…and then a final stop at Lowe’s.
This puts us at about 2 pm. Have to pick the kids up at 4 pm and get ready for a friend’s birthday party that has a 5:30 pm departure time. So that was about enough time to stare lovingly at the old millwork around the display windows and replace a light bulb on the stairway.
December 7th was Sunday, so obviously that’s when all the real work would begin. Right after we go make 50 pounds of Hungarian sausage with my family from 11am – 4pm. That was about enough time for us to unload a cabinet we had purchased at the previous days estate sale, sweep the main floor and change a few more light bulbs. So at this pace we are on track to open to the public in January. 2020. Be sure to come see us!