After what seems like a VERY long time, I am very happy to announce that Zoe has a home! This afternoon, I signed the lease for space at One Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia! For those familiar with Alexandria, it is at the corner of Prince and Union Streets in the Old Town section. It is located across from the Christmas Attic and the Union Street Public House and a couple blocks from the Torpedo Factory.
We met in the landlord's current office (they are moving into the office building behind my retail space) and I had my first opportunity to meet the CEO and CFO. They were very gracious and welcoming and seemed genuine in their enthusiasm to have me as their tenant. They now have my security deposit and I now have a key to the space!
As part of the lease, there are certain things that the landlord needs to do to the space to prepare it for me to do Zoe's buildout. They will begin this process ASAP. My architect will begin his design of the space for my buildout with hopes to be done in the February/March 2011 timeframe.
There are so many things that I can do now that I have confirmation of Zoe's home. I can't wait to get started on Wednesday morning! This good news today just adds to my Thanksgiving blessings!