Lima is Moving!Posted by Kevin on June 16 at 12:59 pm
It was almost 3 long months ago when I wrote about how Lima was Shopping for Space. After a long search and looking at what felt like every office/warehouse space in Ann Arbor, we have found the perfect space!
On the About Lima page, we talk a little bit about the kind of work environment we like. We definitely don’t want to be out in a boring warehouse in the middle of some industrial park, but we’re also getting a little too big to be in our downtown loft. For the past 5 years we’ve managed to grow every year with no elevator, cramped spaces, and bathrooms that are showing their 70 year old age. We set out 6 months ago to find an office space that would give us the convenience of a warehouse environment (large open space with an overhead door) and the “coolness” of a loft/downtown that we have in our current space.
A cool loft-type space WITH a warehouse, downtown, in a college town? We’re an ambitious team, but even most of the real estate agents in town just gave us a funny look when we listed those requirements. I’m proud to say that our stubbornness paid off! We found a space within walking distance to downtown that used to be an old dance studio. You know what that means… TONS of open space. The owner of the building has agreed to do an extensive buildout for us, so we’ll have our cool work environment, complete with open floor plan, nice kitchen with a bar, lots of natural light, etc..
Here are some before pictures. The one on the left is the view of the open (warehouse) space. We’ll fill it up with shelving in no time The picture below is a portion of the office space. There’s not much there that will stay the same. The wall on the right is being torn out as we speak and this space will open into our kitchen. The bar will be running along the space where the wall is now. The flooring, colors, and lighting will all change. The wall on the left will be opened up with glass and that will be where our creative team works. There’s space up front where we’ll be putting a conference room, a coat/break room for the team, and of course, a big room just for hanging out!
We can’t wait to move in. We’ll be sure to post some “after” pictures so you can see how it turned out.
Thanks everyone! We appreciate your business so much. We’re so excited to keep growing, keep getting our hands on great beads, and to keep doing cool stuff on our site. The delay on carrying silver, glass, findings, chain, and all of the other things you want to see has been caused by our lack of space. As soon as we move into the new space, you’re going to see our product offering increase exponentially!