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Tetanus Studio

Business model…Here goes...

Create a dynamic shop, a design destination that supports homeowners and small business owners by supplying one-off furnishings and fixtures.  The shop will feature a unique collection of repurposed industrial and architectural salvage, midcentury and vintage finds, lighting, and works by emerging artists, as well as succulents and green goods.

Revenue will be generated through existing inventory, custom sourcing, and rent from an onsite design collaborative.  The knowledgeable and experienced staff will create a distinct environment that provides unique finds and design advice, with a focus on customer service and personal connections. Inventory and artists will rotate frequently, creating a dynamic buzz, which will keep the customer visiting frequently.

Assets include two business partners with fifty years combined experience in design and horticulture, as well as established contacts with local craftsmen and artists.

It is time to move a life-long passion to a full-time endeavor. I have had several spots in local shops and I am ready to have my own concept and cater to the customer who values repurposing and wants to know the story behind the piece they are bringing into their home or business.

The hard part is moving from using my talent and interest as part of the work I do with a major resort chain to having my interest be my work. I have a start on the inventory, repurposing, and human capital aspects, but will need more inventory, work space, and will need to hire support for web design and accounting (and photography as you will notice below).

It will be challenging to find the appropriate space to house this unique combination of different elements… a space that feels comfortable, a bit industrial, includes space for a couple of designers, and is conducive to foot traffic. I believe this concept is viable and is being done with success in other large cities… I would like to make it happen in Phoenix.

I am excited to be part of this class, and in an attempt to get step one shipped I am snapping a few pictures from around the house to give a quick sense of aesthetic (yes, photography support needed).

Postal sorter rescued and stripped to seve it's vital purpose as a wine cabinet.

Old wardrobe rescued and restored to house stereo system and home office.

A reading lamp put together from old chemistry and lab pieces.

Sewer cover abandoned in an alleyway and repurposed as an address marker.

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