Today is our Grand Opening. Yes we have been open for 1 month. The decision to open early has to do with several factors. One - and probably the biggest was that the rodeo was in town. So...you might ask what does that mean? Well Williams is a tourist town and we have many draws that inflate the visitors to our little town such as: the big ditch or maybe you know it as the Grand Canyon, Route 66 which brings in car shows, motorcycles, Bearazona way cool and much more one of which is the Rodeo. Two - it gave us a chance to work out some of the bugs with the register, credit card machine, inventory, etc. and finally we were able to create a presence and develop local support.
You may ask as we did "were we ready to open" and the answer would be NO! And, we may still not quite be ready. When we opened we still had many open spots, the sign was not completed, we had no accountant, our website was not up ( thegalleryinwilliams.com check it out) and the list goes on. Many of those things have been rectified but, we still have some open spots, our inventory system is still evolving as well as procedures.
Today's Grand Opening looks to be a Gala event with artists' demos during the day, music, food, and beverage from 6pm. We invited all the Galleries within a 100 mile radius, had a radio spot on NPR yesterday and invited all of the local businesses. So "Ready or not" here we go!
Check tomorrow for a blow by blow of the action also check our website thegalleryinwilliams.com and our FaceBook page for pictures of the event.
As always thanks for reading