MARSHALL - Well, that's one way to get new carpeting out of your landlord.
Rycan Technologies, Inc. wanted to expand its footprint at its location at 349 W. Main St., so Greig-Gregerson Management LLC moved its neighbor, the Purple Iris Yarn Shop, to an available location down the street to 240 W. Main.
"It came together so fast," Janna Milbradt, the Purple Iris owner, said. "It worked out really well."
Photo by Karin Elton
Marc Milbradt holds a bag of yarn for his wife, Janna Milbradt, the Purple Iris Yarn Shop owner, as she adds more items to the wall for display. The shop had been located on the south side of Main Street since 2005 and recently has moved down the street to the north side of Main.
Now Rycan Technologies, a computer firm, can expand its business and the Purple Iris has new purple carpeting - not to mention a new lease on life with a vibrant business location.
"It's next to BlueGreen Flower Shop and Noble Woman - an excellent shopping district," said Al Greig.
In addition to a new view and newly-remodeled quarters, the Purple Iris has its own door now. At its previous location, the door was kind of confusing for customers as it led into a hallway to the building, Milbradt said.
The new location has roughly the same square footage as the old space, she said. Maybe it's a little narrower in the back where the office is and the front where her knitters congregate has to be rearranged a little to make more room, but "it's pretty close" to what she had before, she said.
The store was only closed a few days for packing and moving and unpacking.
"Greig-Gregerson did a phenomenal job for us," Milbradt said.
Milbradt shares her store with her husband, Marc, who does sewing machine service and repair.
"It has worked out well for both of us," she said.
Milbradt said she likes the new location and the businesses around her.
"BlueGreen, Noble Woman, Quality Computers - the Hunan Lion draws a lot of people,"?she said.
Milbradt said her customers have been enthusiastic about the new location.
"I've had a very positive response," she said.
The move has added a "new spark" to the shop," Greig said.
A grand re-opening is set for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.