I would like to buy one of the empty grocery store buildings in my neighborhood. I would make sure that it was the one that is all windows in the front. Now I’ve had a long standing dream of making one of these buildings into a home, but for the purposes of this blog I will share my other fantasy.
I will decorate the interior in a a palette of beige, wine and cream. To start I will erect some temporary walls to make the space small and cozy, but with the ability to expand out. I will buy 10 sets of outdoor tables & chairs. Probably a nice wickery thing. Natural color of course. I will have as many plants as I can find. I will set up a couple of long tables and put out coffee urns, and tea. I will set aside an area and fill it with toys from the children’s resale shop.
Then the marketing will begin. I will put up on my old grocery store sign – Coming Soon! Neighborhood meeting hall!
Then I will print out flyers and randomly drop them off where ever the mood strikes me. I will do this for at least a month in advance.
(psst – it says – "New Neighborhood Meeting Hall Opening – Come for our Open House-Friday the 27th 6pm to 7:30 pm
Coffee and Tea provided-Open to the public during our initial phase.-Invitations will be sent privately at a later date.
Stop in, Bring a friend, have a cup of coffee, meet your neighbors.")
I will make sure that everywhere I go I talk to people and hand them a flyer. I will explain to them when they ask that it is going to be a meeting hall, a place to use for parties, something along those lines, and that I’ve heard that it’s going to be by private membership only. I will also make sure to keep the interior lit and well decorated until our open house. This will pique peoples interest. In truth, there will be no membership. This is my place.
On my first night open I will stand up and say thank you to all of the people who came. I will tell them all how lucky I am to live in a place where we can all sit together and have a cup of coffee and just say hi. I will point them to the bulletin board at the back and say, if you want to advertise there is the perfect place for your flyers and your business cards. I will tell them they should relax and hang out and meet each other, and that there are board games and cards if anyone needs to keep their kids entertained. (you know what will happen then, right?) And finally I will tell them that I’ve been told there will be an open house every two weeks until the membership committee has the opportunity to finalize all the requirements. Then I will go get a glass of water and walk around and around meeting everyone. I will shake everyones hand.
I will do this every two weeks, until people stop asking. Every two weeks I will stand up and say thank you for being wonderful people. Thank you for being kind to each other and thank you for stopping by to say hello.
And this is my cathedral.