Juniper Studio Gets a Store Front!

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shoes  //  top (on super sale!)  //  favorite jeans of all time

Many of you already saw this on Instagram, but I wanted to document here some VERY EXCITING NEWS! We are moving to a new studio space in downtown Mesa!! I’ve been trying to find a new office for Juniper Studio that can also have a retail component for a really, really long time now. I’m not exaggerating when I say we very seriously looked at and planned on about six other spaces, which makes my head spin when I think about all that wasted time and effort. All of the other spaces fell through for weird reasons and usually at the very last minute. This one came together VERY quickly and almost without effort, which makes me feel like it was truly meant to be. It just feels GOOD in here, guys! It is just the right amount of space, in just the right location. I couldn’t be happier about it – I keep pinching myself!!

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The building is one of the oldest on Main street and was built in the late 1800s, which is old for Arizona considering we got statehood in only 1912! The building has served all sorts of functions over the decades, including a speakeasy in the crazy double barrel vault basement (there is a boarded up secret tunnel that was used for bootlegging during prohibition!), a Masonic hall on the second floor (which is now an architect’s office), an old-timey pharmacy, a Woolworth’s Annex and later on in the 60s and 70s, a fancy shoe store. My mom told me she saved her babysitting money for a whole summer to buy her first pair of black and white oxfords before 7th grade right in this VERY STORE! Isn’t that the coolest thing?!

We got the keys just last week and already we are about ready to start working here! I think we’ll be ready to move in desks this weekend! Here’s what the space looked like just a few days ago. The old beams on the ceiling were already painted black and the duct work was painted forest green. There was also a weird four foot strip of brown paint on walls that only managed to make the space feel darker and sort of squatty!

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The previous tenant was a custom cabinet maker and the existing build out was already pretty close to what we need for our design offices, shoot space and a little bit of retail. To make it work, we only took out a couple walls, pulled out all the rubber base coving and painted everything bright white.

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We debated whether or not we should have kept the black ceiling to help save on costs, but as soon as soon as the first coat of white paint was up, the space instantly looked twice as bright! Totally worth it!

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As soon as the walls were painted too, I knew we made the right choice! Nothing like a bright white backdrop for a workspace!

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We have some fun projects coming up for the shelving under the library ladder, the kitchenette and the bathroom, but for the most part the space is ready for us to move in! I can’t wait to share all of the fun things that we’ll be selling, displaying, sharing and shooting in our new studio! I am so grateful for this new chapter and so, so grateful for all of you! Thank you for following along as my little business changes and grows! I know this year will be the best yet. xo

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  1. Beth

    I will look forward to seeing everything all moved in. An open plan makes things interesting when both retail and work space exist. Good luck!

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  3. Kelly

    Congratulations! So happy for you! Hoping to visit your retail space on my next trip out from Pennsylvania!

  4. Sarah M

    My aunt lives in Mesa and always wants me to come visit. This is making it much more tempting! Congrats Jenny and Juniper Studio!

  5. Danielle Mallon

    Congratulations!!!

  6. ellen patton

    uber cool! i live in a converted school in the boston area so i love hearing about what space was used for!

  7. Daria

    Congrats! This is such a dream!

  8. Aidel.K

    Congrats! It’s beautiful. You even have your own palm tree out front! Looking forward to seeing the progress; I’ve enjoyed the instastories.

  9. Lori

    So exciting Jenny!

  10. Angela

    Congratulations! So exciting!

  11. Awwwww! This is so exciting- congrats! And what a beautiful building. I am thrilled for you!

  12. Peggi

    Beautiful! Very excited for you. Can’t wait to pop in on my next trip to AZ. (I might faint if I see you in person. Giggle. #fangirl)

  13. Kirsten Ritter

    Congratulations! Love following your blog and your business! it feels like a privilege to me to get to see what you share. Please keep doing it!

  14. Vicky Griffin

    Can’t wait to see you in retail! I’ve been following you since before your brownstone. You are truly amazingly talented. I give you all the credit for my love of midcentury modern! Much luck!

  15. Brittany Rhea

    Congrats! and oh my goodness, the white paint made a dramatic difference!

  16. Congrats Jenny & team! So many exciting adventures lie ahead. Can’t wait to see how you transform this space.

  17. Jamie

    Congrats!! So happy for all of your successes!

  18. Tasha

    A huge congrats to you! I’ve been following along on your journey for a couple years now, it’s so fun to see your company blossom. I’m a designer too and am in the process of starting up my own firm after years of working under others. Your story truly inspires me! Can’t wait to see what you do with the space :)

  19. Amanda

    I’ve been following you (silently lurking) since pretty much the start of your blog. I just ordered two prints from your print shop that I still have yet to print #momlife. But I’m thrilled for this step for your biz. I’m so far away on LI but when I come visit a dear friend in Az- your studio is legit the only must see place on my list. Lol.
    Congrats. Amanda

  20. Staci

    I hope you’re close to Worth Takeaway, they have some of the most delicious sandwiches ever!

    • Jenny

      Just down the street! :) Worth is my favorite!

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