What a year!

So 2016 will be a remarkable and memorable year for a lot of reasons both good and bad, but as the year draws to a close I can firmly say we are in the Good category with S.A.L.T. Our first year was a success on all fronts and the positive, warm, and welcoming response from all of our patrons this year was amazing! It was a whirlwind and the year certainly flew by, a habit the years are developing quickly. Perhaps next year, with things more settled in I can make an attempt at more regular blog posts. It's certainly going on my list of New Year's Resolutions. Right now we are looking forward to a great holiday shopping season kicking off with major Small Business Saturday deals! Bethany has so many great shops so be sure to come out and support this and shop local. For even bigger deals make sure to swing by the Bethany Beach Bookstore and pick up one of their Small Business tote bags, they are $5 but have coupons from all the participating business and I can assure you its way worth it!! They only have 100 available so don't wait, they sold out quickly last year. In store we have a huge new record order as well as record players on their way, the men's and women's summer clothing is deeply discounted to make sure I have room for next years goodies, and the grooming products will be on sale as well. We will be more than happy to help you build the perfect gift basket for that special someone in your life or you can choose from our curated selection of pre-packed and already gift wrapped baskets to make gifting a breeze this year. Don't forget, its eatin' season and we have all the sauces, oils, sauces, mustards, and spices you need to whip up all your favorite holiday treats and goodies! Plus the pans and dishes to cook, bake, and serve them in. We will be open weekends until Christmas, as late as 6pm on Saturdays, and Bethany will be hosting all kinds of fun holiday events for the family all December long. Be sure and stop in for some holiday treats before catching the tree lighting or a carriage ride! S.A.L.T. Provisions wants to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped make our first year awesome! We already have a lot of great things in store for the upcoming year and we are looking forward to more fun next season!! 

20 Gallons of Paint & Some Elbow Grease...

                         ...or how the store was transformed.

                         ...or how the store was transformed.

Well it was almost three months to the day since S.A.L.T. took over Shop #8 at the Lighthouse Station and you can tell we've used every one of those days to get ready for our Grand Opening last Thursday night.  From the miles of fluorescent tube lighting to the mauve sand soaked carpeting we had our work cut out for us. With a little imagination, a lot of help from some friends, and an unimaginable amount of paint the shop was upgraded to a comfortable, fresh space.

        Where we started, after the lighting was removed. That trim came down ASAP as well.

        Where we started, after the lighting was removed. That trim came down ASAP as well.

 

Swapping out the lights for energy efficient, style conscious LED tracks practically transformed the space enough to call it quits there. The whole energy of the space was softened and the ability to re-position the lights made for functional improvements that highlight rather than wash out the product.

                              That's enough fluorescent lighting to open a Wal-Mart.

                              That's enough fluorescent lighting to open a Wal-Mart.

      Even with the old-fashioned Edison bulbs this space looks like its in the 21st century now.

      Even with the old-fashioned Edison bulbs this space looks like its in the 21st century now.

 

Our brute strength was put to the test as Momma and I ripped out the carpet. The glue was old enough where it let go from the floor easily but even cutting the carpet in to small strips could mitigate the added weight of 15 years of sand. Bit by bit though we got the dark, smelly, fibrous mess out of here.

                    I'm just over here "documenting" the process while                                  she does all the hard work...

                    I'm just over here "documenting" the process while

                                 she does all the hard work...

       Small forest of carpet sections, and this was just a fraction of it!

       Small forest of carpet sections, and this was just a fraction of it!

The next step was to bring in some heavy equipment with the help of the team over at Coastal Rentals and Hydraulics to get the floors cleaned up. We rented a large floor sander and just as we were starting to get a good work flow going we had a huge setback. The cord got sucked into the drum and sent sparks flying! We know the sander was in top shape because it went right through the cord. Luckily no one was hurt and the guys at CRH were able to get us a sander just a couple days later. So we got a good nights sleep and tackled the project carefully Monday morning. Despite the fact that there were a couple areas of water damage when we pulled the carpet up we got it all polished to a nice smooth finish.

Pretty smooth for a couple amateurs. There was a lot of moving heavy things here & there too.                                                      Moving that jewelry case was arm and leg day combined.

Pretty smooth for a couple amateurs. There was a lot of moving heavy things here & there too.                         

                            Moving that jewelry case was arm and leg day combined.

 

The finish of the floor was crucial to the next step. After getting all the quotes available on every kind of flooring, all of which were a huge chunk of change (that I would rather spend on bringing in product) we decided to go with more paint! We hemmed and hawed over all the various paint samples and combinations we had, six colors in total with one being a base and the other being a stencil color.  Everyone who stopped in to visit the project was forcibly polled for their design input, with the responses spread evenly over the color spectrum we laid out for them. Since the wall color was one of the first things we decided on, and since I am a truly lacking any painting skills (read: I'm a bit of a sloppy painter) the walls went first.

             We went with the one on the left, gut reaction. The name was a fun coincidence.

             We went with the one on the left, gut reaction. The name was a fun coincidence.

 

Slowly but surely we cleaned, patched, and primed every inch of slat wall and ceiling, walls and trim. Then we hauled in eight gallons of the very appropriately named Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and got down to it. We did the ceiling and walls all in one color to make the room appear taller and less like a tunnel. The color lightened up the whole room, giving the space a new energy. And after all that the colors for the floor came to us, and naturally they were completely different from any thing we had picked out.

       I give Michelangelo all the respect, I could barely handle getting one color on the ceiling.

       I give Michelangelo all the respect, I could barely handle getting one color on the ceiling.

 

We went with a neutral grey for the base color in a flat finish and a rich teal for the stencil in a high shine finish so they really popped. After a few test runs in the back room I just went for it, eyeballing the spacing of the pattern and peppering in the smaller leaves.

                        I have a fuller appreciation of the phrase                                                                                  "Don't paint yourself into a corner"

                        I have a fuller appreciation of the phrase                                                    

                             "Don't paint yourself into a corner"

   One of the first moments I got really excited about the look of the store. The floor paint with         stencils idea was totally conceptual and this gave me confidence it would work practically.

   One of the first moments I got really excited about the look of the store. The floor paint with   

     stencils idea was totally conceptual and this gave me confidence it would work practically.

In the full space I went with a sprinkling of the leaves as opposed to the   liberally peppered vibe in the backroom. I like sprinkles better anyway.

In the full space I went with a sprinkling of the leaves as opposed to the

  liberally peppered vibe in the backroom. I like sprinkles better anyway.

The whole space really came together though, with the addition of the antique display pieces and consignment furniture by local furniture restorer, Karen Murray. We also finished the window box (which was of course also carpeted) with some faux brick and big surprise, more paint. In the week leading up to the grand opening we wrote a punch list, knocked it out and then realized we'd have to start a new one for all the things we missed. I had a tremendous amount of help from my family and we got through it all.

I want to thank everyone that came opening night or stopped in opening weekend and made it a success. All the elbow grease paid off and we are looking forward to an exciting season ahead!

                                                       It looks like a real store now!

                                                       It looks like a real store now!

See S.A.L.T.

The transition is beginning. We moved out of beau monde's Fenwick location in October with an eye on expansion.  We settled on the new name as it better captures the vibe of the new location. It is an acronym meaning Sustenance, Apparel, Lifestyle, and Tunes. S.A.L.T. will keep many of the men's and women's lines that beau monde brought you as well as the vinyl records but with a larger variety in companion product. For Sustenance look for a wide variety of goodies from olive oils and spices to honey and locally baked pies from Sedona in miniature form! Sauces and spices rubs for cookouts and crackers and dry dip mixes will help you entertain. Coffee and teas will help you get the day started right. Unique cooking and serving vessels will be on hand and when you finish there will be sustainable storage options available, plus organic soaps and detergents. Lifestyle covers all manner of the day to day, from the furniture you need to fill your home to your morning grooming and beauty routines, games and toys to entertain little ones to party accessories. The seasonally rotating selection of goods will provide something new and different, to accompany the core selection. The blog will feature brand spotlights after we open to help tell the story of our products but for now you can use to the blog to watch our progress as we remodel our store location and work toward our grand opening, Easter weekend! Stay SALTy Bethany!