The hunt was a hunt in every sense of the meaning. Hunts (If they last long enough) can become physically draining. You know if you've ever been on a specific car hunt or if you tried to purchase a home during a competitive timeframe or rent or even wrangle up a certain pair of shoes or children's toy.. you get the idea. It's tiresome. Well we were finally able to move past the "where are we going to be?" stage, and we were thrilled!
The way I would describe the building is Tucked Away in Plain Sight. We were coming up short on our search and on one of our trips down EG Blvd I saw a For Rent sign in the window. I liked the buildings exterior potential and it was sitting on its own lot. We made a call and arranged a viewing of the space.
Jackie may not have known everything we were planning but had a positive feeling from a couple of signs she picked up on. We drove our black 2002 Audi A4 to go meet with Jackie and view her space. Sign #1: When she saw our car she mentioned to us that she had always loved that car. She also noticed the license plate frame, Keys Audi Van Nuys. Sign #2: She lived in Van Nuys. It was a very subtle thing but it was something that gave us a little favor in her book.
Kristy had a few of her own contributing factors that helped ease sealing a deal. Jackie and Kristy connected right away in both a friendly and positive manor. Jackie was straight forward with any questions or concerns and we were happy to answer and put her at ease. To top it off our agreement was a basic two page agreement. It was pretty much the equivalent of a handshake with both parties agreeing to act like adults and to refrain from ever leaving the other party hanging. We had an agreement but even more we shared instinctive trust.
We signed a lease, signed a check, got the keys, took a K&J picture and were on our way with a brand new to us older (1930's) building!
As I mentioned, the layout was solid but we needed to make the space feel like ours. And so we began.
The Blank Canvas