Family trip to Allentown PA to visit the hubby’s grandfather. 93 years old and still goes into the office 3 times a week. For real. I pulled my back out on morning #1 of the trip. Other than being in labour, I have never felt such pain. Being mom to two kids under the age of 4 means being active, having to pick little ones up and having to allow for quite a lot of being climbed on top of. That goes out the window when you can barely walk. So me and the 93 year old man were getting around pretty gingerly. I admit to eying his walker with some jealousy.
The bad back also meant that I couldn’t take pics of all the cool signage and architecture I wanted to photograph while down there. All I managed was this shot of a pretty church from the side of the road.
Back to Montreal and back to work.
The floor guys came by to do a test patch on the butcher shop floor. The paler colour on the bottom and in the second pic is a stain of the Benjamin Moore Puritan Gray we had painted on the floor of the restaurant. Weirdly, it looked super green in the shop. The other patch of stain is a dark grey that looks really brown pre drying completely but turns into this nice charcoal grey. It is a little darker than I pictured. But I think it will blend nicely into the kitchen tile. I think. The dudes will sand the floor to get rid of the ridges you see in the pics below, then apply the stain and then do 4 coats of glossy sealant. I’m hopeful but honestly, a little unsure as to what the final result will be. Fingers crossed.
When I got to the shop, Sefi was sanding the big table. It looks so great! We are sanding and just oiling the one that will go into the kitchen. The one in the front of house (the one I consider mine) is being sanded and then I have the option of staining it but I almost like the pale maple as it is. I may wait till the floor is done and the table is placed before making that decision.
Over at Lawrence, we want to set up a mini terrasse out front. I want to get two more bavarian beer garden tables like I have inside the restaurant. They were bought from Michael at Beige, on Notre-Dame st. Lovely guy, lovely shop.
We are now running around trying to get all the permit stuff in order. The space is tiny and we can’t eat up the whole sidewalk but it would be pretty nice to be able to sit outside for brunch, lunch or dinner. A couple of potted cedars and maybe a parasol or two and we are set. Something like this?
Hopefully, the city approves us soon and then party at Lawrence everybody! Or at least the 16 of you that will fit on our terrasse! Yay.
I also went by the grand opening of my friend Gen’s new shop Empire Exchange. When she first got it I helped her with some ideas and colour choices. Great vintage finds, fun opening party. Even with the kids running around, I scored a jacket and a top.
Next week I need to sort out the lunch counter and stools for the shop, meet with a new client, consult with an old client and go see my osteo. Big time.