Pinch us!!! Today we flip on the lights at our small 900-square foot office for the last time to meet the movers and pack up the trucks.
As much as we will miss our intimate little office space, we are crazy-excited about our new headquarters and are chomping at the bit to set up our new space and start working from the building we've worked so hard to find, remodel and make 100-percent Flea Style.
We sat down to chat about our two-year run in our first home and what's ahead.
What are you most excited about opening the new store? It’s a dream realized, for me. I’m excited about everything! I would say my top things are the ability to connect with our customer more regularly and in person as well as the growth ahead for our team and company. And I cannot wait to work inside the beautiful space everyday.
How do you think the Deep Ellum neighborhood fits with the Flea Style brand? I think it’s a great fit given the area’s deep love for the arts, small business and creativity. I can’t think of a better place in Dallas for us to put down roots!
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What will you miss most about the old office? I think back to two years ago when I leased the space and how far we’ve come and do get a little sentimental. I think back to when it was just Alyssa and me with lots of beautiful sitting areas and a meeting room to quickly squeezing four more desks inside and loosing the pretty stuff for growth stuff (photography sweeps, rolling racks, etc.). We lasted as long as we possibly could in this tiny 900-square foot space and I will miss the memories we made here putting in the work to build the company and spread our wings. Oh, and I’ll miss my commute. A mere three minutes from my house!
What will be the biggest change be once Flea Style moves? For one, our team is nearly doubling so that’s a huge change. The company is also changing drastically adding brick and mortar. Now our customer is in front of us daily and that connection/opportunity brings a whole new set of tasks to our plate. The new space will allow us to really blow out our online shop — we have a formal shipping section finally! — so that shift in focus will also be a big adjustment. It’s going to be a huge adjustment on every level but one we’re beyond giddy about!
What office routine will always stay the same? I would hope that our team dynamic stays the same and only gets stronger in numbers. Our morning meetings will remain and the occasional late afternoon bottle of wine will definitely stay now that we have a permanent Kendall-Jackson bar in the space! I will be very glad, however, to say goodbye to our kitchen routine. We have a dismal set up currently and we are all thrilled for proper appliances and space for real dishes and utensils!
Are you excited to have permanent “store” vendors in the new spot? Of course! The chance to connect with vendors daily not to mention support their small businesses through our platform and customer is one of the best things about the new space!
The Flea Style team is small and tight-knit right now, are you looking forward to adding new employees to the mix? Heck yeah! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about folding in more people and training them, but we’ve hired some amazing women and I know we’ll keep company culture top of mind with every move we make. I’m really excited to have fresh faces in the office and have their personalities, ideas and backgrounds help grow and shape Flea Style as we expand!
What are you most excited about opening the new store? I’m excited just to be in this pretty space and get a chance to expand the Flea Style fam.
What are you most nervous about? I’m more just anxious I would say to be there, and to see how all of our job roles will evolve with the addition of brick and mortar.
How do you think the Deep Ellum neighborhood fits with the Flea Style brand? I think we’ll be a perfect fit. Deep Ellum is full of so much passion, art, and creativity. Being able to be a part of that and highlight the vendors we love that embody those things will be such a cool addition to the Deep Ellum community.
What will you miss most about the old office? I’ll miss how close it is to my apartment. I’m spoiled with a five minute drive to work!
What will be the biggest change be once Flea Style moves? The fact that our HQ will be within the store so that will be fun/interesting seeing shoppers come in and out while we’re working in the office. I think I’ll be tempted to join them!
What office routine will always stay the same? Our girl time and chatting and catching up with each other every day. Also staring at Alyssa across from me and accidentally hitting her feet all the time.
Are you excited to have permanent “store” vendors in the new spot? Yes! All of our vendors are so talented and have such beautiful product. It will be such a treat to be able to see it all the time, not just one or two days a twice a year like we normally do with our shows.
Are you looking forward to adding new employees to the mix? I am! The more the merrier. It will be so cool to get to share all that we do with more people and expand the fam.
What are you most excited about opening the new store? I’m most excited about the location! I love Deep Ellum and it’s super close to my neighborhood.
What are you most nervous about? Good question! I suppose falling into a new flow. I’m curious to see how the HQ continues to stay consistent with a new store.
How do you think the Deep Ellum neighborhood fits with the Flea Style brand? Deep Ellum is definitely changing quite a bit. I think Flea Style will fit in really nicely with all the new businesses and new builds popping up. They’re for sure bringing in a wide range of foot traffic.
What will you miss most about the old office? Nothing. Just kidding - kinda. I will miss the big dock door we have here. We love to open it on a nice day and it almost feels like you’re working outside. It’s so nice!
What will be the biggest change be once Flea Style moves? The fact that we have a store! I seriously can’t imagine what magic will happen there.
What office routine will always stay the same? One of my favorite things is just chatting with my co-workers while the coffee brews and Grace’s tea kettle comes to a boil. I hope we’ll continue that morning ritual!
Are you excited to have a store in the new spot? Yes! It will be so fun having Flea Style friends, old and new, in and out of the new space visiting, shopping and hosting their goods.
How do you feel about the team doubling next month? I'm definitely excited! Adding new peeps to the Flea Style fam will just make the party bigger and more fun.
What are you most excited about at the new digs? To see how beautiful it is going to be once everything comes together!
What are you most nervous about? Getting it all done in this next three weeks!
How do you think the Deep Ellum neighborhood fits with the Flea Style brand? Deep Ellum is unique and one-of-a-kind so we are the perfect match.
What will you miss most about the old office? Jamming out on our tiny Logitech speakers when we need a little afternoon pick me up.
What will be the biggest change be once Flea Style moves? Doubling our team overnight!
What office routine will always stay the same? Our early mornings where we have tea/coffee and just catch up on everyone’s lives.
Are you excited to have a permanent "store" with vendors in the new spot? Yes! We have definitely outgrown the small room in the front of our office and plus I can’t wait to merchandise on all the pretty fixtures we are coming up with.
How do you feel about the team going from five to nine overnight? I love our team, but it is always exciting to add more talented people to the Flea Style family!
What about the new space excites you most? I'm excited to see all the different workshops and events that go into the studio space.
What are you most nervous about? I am not really nervous, but more excited to see how my role continues to change and grow as the store and studio opens!
How do you think the Deep Ellum neighborhood fits with the Flea Style brand? Deep Ellum is so unique, has such character and is a great spot to hang with friends!
What will you miss most about the old office? I will miss seeing the space where it all began!
What will be the biggest change be once Flea Style moves? Working near the retail space and events space will be so cool! It will be neat to see everything happening in the store each day!
What office routine will always stay the same? Fun team meetings and trips to Canton!
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