Another day, another party …

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:22 PM, November 16, 2014 [Permalink]

Which is worse, a blog post with no pictures, or no blog post …

We had a chance for the perfect photo to illustrate this post today, but we simply didn't have a chance to snap it. When I say 'we', I mean staffer Shiba-san and I, who were running the ship today, and we certainly didn't have time to mess around with cameras!

It was a beautifully clear blue sky Sunday, and Roku-dori (as our street is officially known) was jammed from late morning until long after we shut the door around six or so. That's nothing unusual for this street, but - as I have mentioned before here on this blog and in the A Story A Week - traffic on the street hasn't translated directly into traffic up our stairs.

But we've been playing around with the entranceway a bit, and are now on (I think) our 4th iteration of the poster on the front door, and we've also put a pamphlet rack down there, and have put a series of signs on the stair risers: … Come up … and browse … our prints ...


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The money goes round ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:23 AM, November 11, 2014 [Permalink]

A bit of a different update tonight ... I recently posted stories about our opening days to my A Story A Week series [1 2], so anybody interested in reading about 'how we are doing' so far can check those for an update. Here on the Conversations blog, I'd like to update you with some info on a more hidden side of our business.


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Grand Tour ... (Part II ...)

Posted by Dave Bull at 6:52 AM, November 4, 2014 [Permalink]

Moving along with the tour ... let's insert here one of those photos from the previous post a few months back:


And here we are now:


At this point, I can mention that the owner of the building - a very elegant 'little old lady' type - visited us today, seeing her building for the first time since she leased it to us. She has had no idea at all what we were actually up to, and when she got to this point, her face just lit up. (And well it should - we've basically made her a 'present' of around $35,000 ...)


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Grand Tour ... (Part I ...)

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:02 PM, November 3, 2014 [Permalink]

Well, we've been open for three days now, and whether I have 'time' for it or not, I clearly need to bring an update for all the fans and backers ... Here's a set of photos I snapped this evening, after everybody else had left and I finished the 'chores' (shutting down the register, getting all the garbage sorted and put outside, and cleaning up the Print Party zone ...)

Way back in a previous life - around five months ago - I put a set of photos on this blog that I took on our first entry into this building. Let's do something similar this evening, walking around the same route ...

Here's our building from the street; even though we are now ready to close (just after 5:30) the jeweler downstairs still has all his lights on, and they will still be 'till well after ten. (We're not that desperate!).


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Sign up!

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:06 PM, October 28, 2014 [Permalink]

Our large 'baren' sign is finally raised!

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Homestretch!

Posted by Dave Bull at 10:28 AM, October 24, 2014 [Permalink]

We're approaching opening day ...

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Getting close!

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:23 AM, October 5, 2014 [Permalink]

Another construction update ...

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Blue Storm progress ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:37 AM, September 28, 2014 [Permalink]

An update on the most recent Ukiyoe Heroes print

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Construction update ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:03 AM, September 25, 2014 [Permalink]

Construction slowly moves along ...

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Signing in ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:25 PM, September 20, 2014 [Permalink]

Preparing our large canvas sign ...

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Construction continues ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 10:20 PM, September 19, 2014 [Permalink]

Another construction update ...

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Construction progress ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:04 AM, September 13, 2014 [Permalink]

A report on the construction progress ...

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