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JBroida
06-15-2011, 11:43 PM
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/248851_10150209225713860_369479678859_7179900_2424 488_n.jpg

Ok guy... today was our move-in date... now we just have to get all of the stuff moved in and set up... no problem, right? ;)

PierreRodrigue
06-15-2011, 11:45 PM
Looks like a nice space Jon, looking forward to seeing what you got planned for it!!

mc2442
06-15-2011, 11:55 PM
I guess I am going to have to figure out where you are located once you get up and running. I am in Newport Beach, but don't go around LA much.

I wish you and your store the best of luck.

El Pescador
06-16-2011, 12:15 AM
Looks good...what are you selling again?

Pesky

JBroida
06-16-2011, 12:24 AM
generally i sell myself, but sometimes i sell knives and stones ;)

For what its worth, we will be located near venice beach

stereo.pete
06-16-2011, 12:30 AM
J-Bro,

Congratulations again!

mc2442
06-16-2011, 01:12 AM
Joy, that is a long drive on the 405 :-(

Still, one of these weekends will definitely make the trek up to see the shop.

JBroida
06-16-2011, 01:15 AM
well, we're not quite open yet, so you've got some time... i promise i'll try to make the shop cool enough that the trip is worthwhile

kalaeb
06-16-2011, 01:30 AM
Awesome! Where are you putting the big stone wheel for sharpening? I wish you the best, I will definately make it out before the end of the year.

JBroida
06-16-2011, 01:44 AM
no sharpening wheel... yet

CalleNAK
06-16-2011, 02:15 AM
Well I live about an hour away so I imagine I'll have to drop by once you're up and running and pick something up. Been thinking about grabbing a new chinese cleaver.

Are you going to sell used knives too or just new?

JBroida
06-16-2011, 02:26 AM
i've only been selling new up to this point, but honestly, i've never really thought much about it... that might be an interesting concept

Dave Martell
06-16-2011, 08:18 AM
I love the space Jon, keep us posted with pictures and updates, I'm soooooo jealous. :)

Salty dog
06-16-2011, 08:32 AM
I'm jealous. In my old age I was thinking about doing a small brick and mortar shop. But mine would be some old guy sitting behind the sharpening stones with knives piled up here and there, a layer of dust covering everything. I'd be pontificating about the young turks and the good ole days.

rockbox
06-16-2011, 09:02 AM
I think its time to start planning the WCG. I wonder if the kids what to go to Disneyland.

Line cooked
06-16-2011, 12:31 PM
Best of Luck!!

SpikeC
06-16-2011, 02:07 PM
Looks like a great view out the front! Best of luck to you!

watercrawl
06-16-2011, 02:30 PM
Nice looking place Jon! Best of luck with the expansion into brick & mortar.

DwarvenChef
06-16-2011, 02:36 PM
Outstanding. Now you may be able to move around the house again huh :p

Pensacola Tiger
06-16-2011, 03:46 PM
Congratulations, Jon! May you and Sara fill it with success.

Rick

echerub
06-16-2011, 04:10 PM
Looks like it's a great spot already :) Remember, it's not small - it has high cool stuff density ;)

steeley
06-16-2011, 05:55 PM
There parking up front .
nice place have to make a drive up :beer:

JBroida
06-16-2011, 05:58 PM
We've got a couple of parking spaces and there is a lot of street parking

Jim
06-16-2011, 06:03 PM
Whats the plans for the decor/layout?

EdipisReks
06-16-2011, 06:36 PM
that's a great looking space, Jon!

El Pescador
06-17-2011, 12:35 AM
What's the address?

JBroida
06-17-2011, 01:19 AM
haha... not yet. I'll give you guys the address when its all set up.

Hey its 10:30pm right now and i just got the internet up and running :rofl2:

Now to get to those e-mails i've been avoiding all day :sofa:

99Limited
06-17-2011, 08:35 AM
Via Google street view, I think I found your new store. Can I guess or do you want to still keep it a mistery?

99Limited
06-17-2011, 09:17 AM
Via Google street view, I think I found your new store. Can I guess or do you want to still keep it a mistery?

I've got problems this morning. I meant to say "keep it a mystery"

Citizen Snips
06-17-2011, 10:29 AM
congrats jon and sara!!!

best of luck to you guys. that looks like a great store with a lot of potential to make it your own.

JBroida
06-17-2011, 03:03 PM
Via Google street view, I think I found your new store. Can I guess or do you want to still keep it a mistery?

you guys are stalkers ;)

I'm ok with people knowing where we are, but we just cant have people stop by yet... sorry guys...soon ;)

JBroida
06-17-2011, 08:46 PM
Starting to make some progress... furniture starting to arrive :)

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/261750_10150210777443860_369479678859_7193478_5129 914_n.jpg

tk59
06-17-2011, 08:51 PM
Sweet. I'll have to start thinking of good excuses... +1 to the WCG. Good luck, Jon!

chuck239
06-19-2011, 04:47 AM
Wait, what do you mean we can't just stop by?!? Maybe you shouldn't have put your store about 5 blocks from a serious knife nut!!!! I'm excited to hear when this opens and have a day off when your ready... Good luck

-Chuck

JBroida
06-19-2011, 04:54 AM
Wait, what do you mean we can't just stop by?!? Maybe you shouldn't have put your store about 5 blocks from a serious knife nut!!!! I'm excited to hear when this opens and have a day off when your ready... Good luck

-Chuck

Shooting for a July 1st opening...

chuck239
06-19-2011, 05:14 AM
Sounds great! If you need any help let me know and I will do my best do to whatever I can. (I live near by and should have some days off coming up) Also, go to bed so you can set the store up! haha

-Chuck

JBroida
06-19-2011, 05:28 AM
I'm still at the store... getting things set up ;)

JBroida
06-20-2011, 01:00 PM
Just mounted our MAG-BLOKs in our display cases... here's a picture of one (still needs the glass shelves put in though)... making progress

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/252862_10150213061928860_369479678859_7220071_3690 788_n.jpg

kalaeb
06-20-2011, 01:41 PM
Dang, that looks awesome! I wish I had the room for something like that in my kitchen.

apicius9
06-20-2011, 04:47 PM
Climatized walk-in knife storage, that's a clear sign that may have too many knives and should talk to one of my colleagues ;)

Stefan

kalaeb
06-20-2011, 05:00 PM
Stefan, I can clearly see your avitar, maybe we can get a discount if both of us by one? Don't you have rust issues with your carbon blades there in Hawaii?

Rottman
06-20-2011, 08:04 PM
Stefan just loves rust, it's no issue....

tk59
06-20-2011, 09:29 PM
Sounds great! If you need any help let me know and I will do my best do to whatever I can. (I live near by and should have some days off coming up) Also, go to bed so you can set the store up! haha -Chuck
Maybe you can supply room and board and walk all your knutty-guests to the shop for Jon to work over...

jwpark
06-21-2011, 04:48 PM
Wow Jon. Looks great. Congrats on the B&M.

What part of LA is it in? Can't wait to check it out.

Jay

Line cooked
06-21-2011, 05:17 PM
Very cool looking cabinet. I might have to steal that idea for my palce in a down sized version ...Now all I need are some knives worth displaying

JBroida
06-21-2011, 11:13 PM
Wow Jon. Looks great. Congrats on the B&M.

What part of LA is it in? Can't wait to check it out.

Jay

near venice beach

JBroida
06-22-2011, 01:48 PM
Just got our sign painted today... check it out:
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/264842_10150214867063860_369479678859_7238287_2029 833_n.jpg

A big thanks to Sean Enders at www.endersart.com for his awesome job on such short notice

kalaeb
06-22-2011, 01:53 PM
SWEET!

heirkb
06-22-2011, 02:44 PM
Nice! Is the store going to have a similar theme/design to the website?

JBroida
06-22-2011, 02:48 PM
i'll try to get more pictures up as we start to get things together... hopefully that will give you a sense for what things will be like in the store

Dave Martell
06-22-2011, 03:08 PM
He made it look like an actual stamp (just bigger) - I love it!

Jim
06-22-2011, 03:34 PM
Looks great Jon.

JBroida
06-22-2011, 06:51 PM
A few more pictures of todays progress:
Sara and her parents in front of our new store sign:
http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/264673_10150215058788860_369479678859_7239352_2003 342_n.jpg

An empty display case (but not for long) and a table with some pottery on it (all made by Sara's parents who are artists in Japan):
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/268670_10150215059313860_369479678859_7239354_2866 557_n.jpg

Our table, which we are filling with knife making scraps from Japanese makers (it has some scraps from Doi-san in it right now as well as some from the awesome guy who makes the paper knives we carry):
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/259998_10150215059738860_369479678859_7239356_6723 960_n.jpg

Our soon-to-be sharpening station... a little nicer than what i've been working on lately ;) :
http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/269895_10150215061483860_369479678859_7239360_5258 807_n.jpg

Kyle
06-22-2011, 07:03 PM
The store is looking great, keep the updates coming!

mhlee
06-22-2011, 07:15 PM
Looking awesome Jon!

Glad to see that you're loading up on caffeine and Japanese food (from Mitsuwa no less) to keep you going! :jumping3:

JBroida
06-22-2011, 07:16 PM
gotta do what you gotta do... and people wonder why i am still responding to e-mails at 3-4am ;)

El Pescador
06-22-2011, 09:28 PM
Good to know you're there that late...never know when I might get the urge to drive up to hang out!
Pesky

steeley
06-23-2011, 12:02 AM
Looking good Jon and Sara . well on the way:thumbsup:

tk59
06-23-2011, 12:13 AM
+1. I can't wait to check out your new digs. Beginning of July, you say? Looks like it's gonna be close!

tweyland
06-23-2011, 01:23 AM
Congratulations, Jon & Sara!! I wish you continued success and hope that the store will become the nexus of many knifenuts, for Venice, Greater LA, California and beyond.

~Tad

chuck239
06-23-2011, 03:29 AM
The store is looking great Jon! I'm gonna have to take a look on my way to the dog park tomorrow! (day off on a thursday, I'm kinda surprised myself) I'm excited and terrified for July to come.

-Chuck

JBroida
06-23-2011, 06:19 PM
Track Lighting... CHECK
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/264966_10150215791083860_369479678859_7244344_3973 500_n.jpg

Some other pictures of the progress:

http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/262705_10150215792128860_369479678859_7244348_2077 306_n.jpg

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/259902_10150215792438860_369479678859_7244350_4335 257_n.jpg

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/261663_10150215792593860_369479678859_7244351_4800 090_n.jpg

tgraypots
06-23-2011, 06:49 PM
Wow, big step, huh? I'm looking forward to seeing images from a well-stocked storefront. Your in-laws pieces look pretty sweet. Love the teapots, yunomi and slab plates in that one pic. I'm sure your new shop will reflect your's and your wife's love for handmade objects used in the rituals of preparing, serving and consumption of good food with family and friends, old and new.

mano
06-23-2011, 07:08 PM
gotta do what you gotta do...

My best friend from high school reminds me that for the past 40 years that's been one of my slogans. :thumbsup2:

And cute in-laws!

eto
06-24-2011, 06:18 PM
Looking really nice . Love the Mag Block and display case. Are you going to install a large water stone wheel to use for sharpening? That would be awesome!

JBroida
06-24-2011, 06:19 PM
when i can, i will

JohnnyChance
06-24-2011, 06:26 PM
Awesome pottery display and the art looks great too. Are those your photographs that you had transferred to canvas?

Oh, and if you like french press you should try a Chemex coffee brewer.

Jim
06-24-2011, 06:54 PM
Looks great Jon, looking forward to updates!

tk59
06-24-2011, 07:09 PM
Right. Like updating your location by a few miles.

crizq0
06-24-2011, 07:39 PM
I love those canvas photos! Nice touch. Lets people see what goes on in making these knives.

Did you hire anyone to help you design your store or did you do it all your self. Looks fantastic so far!

Good luck!

JBroida
06-24-2011, 08:49 PM
1501 Main St.,
Venice, CA 90291
310-399-0300

Is that enough of an update for you guys ;)

We are planning to open on July 1st and so far its looking like we will be able to do so. For what its worth, EVERYTHING was designed and done by us. The canvas photos are prints from out trip to Japan last year.

Anyways, some more work done today... check out the progress:

http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/267648_10150225439878860_369479678859_7251137_1827 562_n.jpg

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/264628_10150225440353860_369479678859_7251139_7156 921_n.jpg

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/260377_10150225440548860_369479678859_7251140_6669 067_n.jpg

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/269635_10150225440838860_369479678859_7251143_6128 209_n.jpg

mattrud
06-24-2011, 08:53 PM
YES!!!!
Way to go jon.

SpikeC
06-24-2011, 08:57 PM
Wicked, wicked cool! Really nice!

PierreRodrigue
06-24-2011, 09:40 PM
Jon, that looks fantastic! You and Sara, from what I see, Have out done yourselfs! Congrats!

rockbox
06-24-2011, 09:59 PM
I really need an excuse to come to Cali.

unkajonet
06-24-2011, 10:30 PM
Can't wait! This is so awesome!

JohnnyChance
06-24-2011, 10:46 PM
Once things calm down, you should sell prints. Some of those canvases look really awesome, and artistic enough to be appreciated by people who don't give rats ass about cutlery.

Are you going to frame or hang any tenugui to display them/decorate the place?

99Limited
06-24-2011, 10:57 PM
Jon and Sara, this looks like you're going to have a very classy shop. I know you'll do well.

EdipisReks
06-24-2011, 11:08 PM
everything looks great, Jon!

mc2442
06-24-2011, 11:10 PM
Looking great, some impressive knife displays!!

Dave Martell
06-24-2011, 11:15 PM
Wow the store looks great Jon - simply fantastic! I too love everything you've done, I especially love the photos.

apicius9
06-24-2011, 11:24 PM
This looks really great. So often I look at places here, small stores or restaurants, where the people who run it don't invest a penny in making it look attractive or inviting - or even clean - and I always wonder how they survive. Maybe they don't and blame it on the economy. Anyway, it's obvious that you put a lot of passion into this store, and I am sure people will appreciate that. Just make sure you have a first aid kit for the people who try how sharp your knives are ;)

Stefan

JBroida
06-25-2011, 01:42 AM
Once things calm down, you should sell prints. Some of those canvases look really awesome, and artistic enough to be appreciated by people who don't give rats ass about cutlery.

Are you going to frame or hang any tenugui to display them/decorate the place?

I guess we could do that, but i dont have immediate plans to do so. We may also put up some tenugui or other things as we get closer to opening... we're just chipping away at things day by day

UglyJoe
06-25-2011, 02:05 AM
The store looks great, Jon! Hopefully I get an interview somewhere in the area so I can drop by. My wife says no to any job in Cali, but I'll interview there as many times as I can! Lot's of restaurants out there I'm dying to try.

JBroida
06-25-2011, 02:32 AM
why no cali? good weather out here ;)

mainaman
06-25-2011, 02:49 AM
John,
this is really impressive great job.

steeley
06-25-2011, 03:25 AM
Jon doing any PR for the store locally .

bieniek
06-25-2011, 08:58 AM
phuck me!!
Jon are you planning on opening a shop in Europe? :D
Those paintings/canvasses are looking sweet!

JBroida
06-25-2011, 12:55 PM
Jon doing any PR for the store locally .

Yeah... i have been hesitant to talk to my chef friends because i didnt want to go to work and bug them... i always hated when people came to bug me when i was cooking. So now that we have a place that they can come to on their own schedule, i am telling them all about it. I still know a lot of people in the restaurant world out here.


phuck me!!
Jon are you planning on opening a shop in Europe? :D
Those paintings/canvasses are looking sweet!

Haha... i wish. I wouldnt mind spending some time back in Europe again, but i dont think i will be able to for a little while.

The canvas prints are just prints from pictures i took while in Japan... we had them printed on wrap-around canvas cause they look cool. Sara and I did the same thing for some of our wedding photos at home, so thats where we got the idea.

tk59
06-26-2011, 11:50 PM
So what time should I show up Friday?

JBroida
06-27-2011, 01:03 AM
11am I guess

mattrud
06-27-2011, 01:07 AM
Can I sleep in your store when I come out west?

JBroida
06-27-2011, 01:11 AM
Can I sleep in your store when I come out west?

haha... do I need an aerobed?

steeley
06-27-2011, 01:37 AM
I am bringing my sleeping bag it will be like lining up for a new star wars movie the crowds will be huge .:running::woot:

JBroida
06-27-2011, 01:44 AM
haha... it will be a very small opening right now... nothing big planned for now... just want to get rolling and see how things go and what kind of adjustments need to be made

steeley
06-27-2011, 02:02 AM
soft opening is always good let you catch your breath .
I do bet that your first week sales will be a surprise .:pullhair::excited:

JBroida
06-28-2011, 01:03 AM
Here are a couple more pictures for you guys...

This one is some of the stones that came in recently... the Gesshin 4000 are in the white boxes

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/264396_10150227754783860_369479678859_7281810_7700 518_n.jpg

This one shows another display case/table in our shop:

http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/260290_10150227755378860_369479678859_7281814_4611 766_n.jpg


For those of you who are interested, we are opening this coming Friday- July 1st at 11am

We will be open Monday-Friday 11am-6pm and Saturday 12pm-5pm

Our store address is:
1501 Main St. #105
Venice, CA 90291

And you can reach us by phone during business hours at 310-399-0300

So, who's coming out this weekend ;) ?