Sunday, June 30, 2013

Our first day of unloading storage...

So, it was over 90 degrees yesterday {sigh}. We were all covered in sunscreen and drinking TONS of water!!! Phil, at our storage place, checked in on us several times to be sure we had enough water, and even brought us a big pitcher of ice water late in the day - just to be certain. He's awesome!!! If you need a storage unit, go to Storage West in Poway and ask for Phil. Give him my name (Gena Barney) and you'll get at least $25 off. You can email me if you have questions.


We made three trips with the big 16' Penske rental truck, plus a pickup truck, and our little Honda Fit full of delicate items and computer equipment.
This is just one of the GIANT piles of boxes we have...
We were surprised that moving the counter was as "easy" as it was... we have it down to a science now!
Only 19 more of these to go...
Another 90+ degree day today, but we're meeting at 10am to get started again!
Everything is a total mess and I just want to be DONE with the storage part and start putting things where they belong!
We are hoping to have everything that we KNOW we want in the new store, out of storage today.
Then I can start assembling and organizing and ORDERING NEW PRODUCT!

We're making a list and will have to hire a handy man for a day, plus an electrician and have the Geek Squad out to put our network together (usually I do it, but I just don't have the energy!!)

But, so far, things are on schedule! :)

~Gena :)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

A few more photos...

A little more of a sneak peak!!! Didn't the floor come out AMAZING??
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Tell him I sent you. He'll take GREAT care of you!!!
And we have 12½' ceilings throughout!!! (Our old space had 12' ceilings in the main area).
It's makes it so open and bright!

And pretty baseboards!!

Today we start unloading storage....
Of course, it will be SCORCHING hot!!

Wish us luck!!!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Jenny Griffiths will be scheduling classes soon!!

Jenny will be teaching some Graphic 45 classes and some Elizabeth Crafts classes this fall!

We're getting some dates together now. We usually have classes on weekends, but we are going to schedule a few for weekday mornings. When do YOU want us to schedule classes? Let us know!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nicole Rixon has scheduled some classes!!!

Nicole has scheduled two Copic classes with us:
  • Sunday, July 28th from 10:30am-12:30pm: Copic 101
  • Saturday, August 24th from 10am-12noon: Copic Advanced Tips & Techniques
Both classes will be $18 each.

Copic Markers are alcohol based markers and are great for coloring and shading

Nicole will be teaching exclusively for Cool Scrapbook Stuff!! We are so excited and honored to have her all to ourselves!!

Nicole Rixon is the owner of The Sweet Stamp Shop. Here is her website. If we don't have a stamp of hers that you want, JUST ASK US!! We'll order it for you!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Look at what we have!!!

Well, we have about 6' of it, so far:
They should be done by Thursday.
This is only maybe half of the boxes!
This will be the baseboard:
(Well, this was the sample. Obviously, ours will be finished and pretty :) )

We also had this done....
Wow, it was expensive! But this will power the front counter register without an ugly power pole from the ceiling, like we had to have in the old location.
And the bathroom ceiling that used to look like this:
Now looks like this:
We had a new light and vent installed in the bathroom.
The old one was missing the cover, had an old incandescent bulb, and was SO loud and gross!! This is bright and while it definitely makes noise, it's MUCH quieter!
The bathroom is green - it came that way. The girls really like the color and shade of the green. It's not painted that color - that's the color of the wall material, so I guess I'll have to be happy with it. I would have preferred something lighter. Oh well! It's still coming out cute!
There are so many little things that go into opening a new store!! I can't wait for you all to see it!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A-List Voting Has Begun!!!

We hope that you will take a moment and vote for us!!!
We are nominated as being the BEST in Arts & Crafts retail in San Diego. Please vote for us!
Click here to vote for us!!!
Thanks in advance!
~Gena & The Cool Crew at
Cool Scrapbook Stuff
Poway, CA

Reopening around July 13th!!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Our New Neighborhood...

Our neighbors have always been important to us!! At our old location, being near Michael's and Jo-Ann's was a plus.... You guys LOVED being able to shop at all three of us with just one stop!!

Well, as you probably know, Michael's is moving soon. They are actually moving RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET from us!! We tried to move over there but M's blocked us...

But we REALLY think you will like our new neighbors!
  • O'Reilly's Auto Parts - now your hubby will have a place to hang out and shop while you are in CSS! 
  • Cappuccino Cottage - for your exotic coffees and pastries and things. We do plan to install a coffee bar at the store, it will be for basic coffees, iced teas, hot chocolates, etc.
  • Cully's Restaurant - open for breakfast and lunch and a long time Poway staple
  • Body Beautiful - need your car washed or detailed? Drop it off with BB and come over to shop with us while it's being done!
  • Boxing/MMA/Karate - come on over and shop with us while your kid/spouse finishes their lesson!!!
  • Los Memos - like Mexican fast food? I've been eating there a lot while setting up the new store and haven't run into an issue yet!
  • Charlie's Barber Shop - does hubby need a haircut? Charlie's window says that boys and men are only $7!!
And these are just a few of our new immediate neighbors!!

We REALLY think you will like our new 'hood!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Work In Progress....

By the way.... since this is brand new, please know that we will be changing our layout, template, colors, style, fonts, etc.... A LOT!!!

I'm just fiddling with it now and we'll edit a bunch of stuff later as time permits!!



As you probably know, we closed our doors at 12305 Poway Road on Monday, May 27th at 8pm.

We secured our new location shortly after that...

We hope to open on Saturday, July 13th at 13268 Poway Road (just west of Community on the north side of the street, next to O'Reilly's Auto Parts).

Our new hours to start will be:
Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 7pm
Sunday 10am to 6pm

You can read more about our move on our Facebook page.

Our New Blog!!

We're changing our "What's New" posting section to this blog so that the staff can also update it!!

Stay tuned!!

Gena & The Cool Crew

PS - Previous "What's New" can be found here.