It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for a good ol’ serving of Tuck Shop Take Away. Let’s check in with Karina and Clinton and see what they’ve been up as they dream, create and roll their sleeves up to turn their gem of an idea into a business.
The clock is ticking and the end is near. We’re a couple of weeks out from being finished and hopefully opening the doors for the first time! We’re excited, nervous and busy, actually too busy to be excited or nervous most of the time…
The shop is moving along with the sheeting up on the walls and the skeleton of the bar area going up on Friday.
Lots of tiny but important decisions had to be made like should the bar hang over 350mm or 500mm? How about the fact that the gas meter will be obstructed by the false wall and we need to come up with a solution as to how it can be read by the meter man?It’s that or move the whole thing 200mm to the left or 300mm to the right which sounds like nothing, but takes away massively from the floor area or squashes us up behind the counter with less space than desirable to work in. A decision like that can affect the comfort, ease of mobility and work space massively so you don’t want to get it wrong.
We took to the streets and scoured some more vintage shops for glass milk bottles and that seemingly impossible to find communal table. We found some fabulous milk bottles but the table still eludes us.
We settled on what style and colour straws we liked and are 90% sure on drink ware. There are lots of fiddly but important things to finalise and order this coming week.
On Wednesday night we took a much needed break and went in to dinner at Attica for Clinton’s “final supper” as he wrapped up his time there this week. It was exciting to ditch the dusty, daggy clothes, put on make up and heels. The food journey was as exciting and impeccable as always and we had a fabulous night.
We wrapped up with a big family occasion which was our little man’s first birthday. With anything Tuck Shop put on hold for the day we put our energy into celebrating the massive milestone of our child turning one and the fact that we had survived it! We tied it into the space though, holding it in the shop. The tradies kindly tidied up for us on Friday knowing our intentions and we used the bar for the food and drinks and hung balloons and streamers on the bare walls.
I’m not sure too many first birthdays have been held in a space quite like this but it was rather fitting to have it in there, such big life changes all coming together in the same space and time within the four walls of the Tuck Shop Take Away.
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