For every new house owner, shifting homes is always an exciting thing. There’s that sense of adventure, the idea of waking up to something other than the same old thing that you’ve woken up to for the past umpteenth years. The very act of painting the wall a different shade of pink and rearranging the sofa set can be an amazingly satisfying endeavour, one that speaks of new beginnings and fresh starts.
In my case, moving shop is every bit as exciting, and I believe equally challenging!
Yes, after 5 years of setting up shop here, Celest Thoi will be moving from the 1st floor of Publika, to an exciting new venue! And like a shifting of homes, it’s definitely going to be an exciting and challenging exercise.
My boutique’s current location, in all its 1st floor glory.
Being in Publika all this while has definitely been a blast. As the first landing site that the spaceship settled on, B2-1-1 will always be akin to first soil trod on by adventure-seeking adventurers (and nervous wedding gown designers). It began with the decoration of the empty shoplot that we first started with. The husband and I had our fair share of disagreements on how the overall shop would like, and it was safe to say there were many nights that we just stood at the doorway and bickered about the smallest details like lighting and switches! After a whole lot of discussion, we finally settled on the look that you now see today.
Yes, I know this looks very much like a catalogue for bricks, but do bear with me for a bit.
This would eventually become my storeroom (and impromptu hideaway place).
How dreary and drab!
These would hold the curtains and drapes that form the changing room.
Taking careful measurements.
Careful talks on how to position everything.
Full length mirrors are an absolute must.
Hard at work painting.
Setting up the Fleur de Lis!
Those charming lights really changed the look and feel of the place.
Now, where would all these go to next? Where would all the furniture call their new home?
Say hello to the new and improved Celest Thoi boutique @ The Gardens, Midvalley.
Nonetheless, as any home-owner can tell you, leaving your first home can be a tough chore to accomplish without shedding a few tears of nostalgia. After all, there have been so many memories that took place, I admit there will be a lot of sniffles as I rifle through and pack up all the knick knacks and furniture that will soon adorn my new shop. I have seen so many clients pour their heart and soul into the dresses that they would wear at their wedding, all as they sat on the huge sofa in the middle of the room. I have held their trains as they looked, for the first time, on the gown that they would be married in. I have sketched on endless reams of paper, design upon design as I tried to capture that look that the client would want. I have spent sleepless nights there sewing beads and sequins onto dresses that were due for delivery the next day.
In short, the memories I cherish the most would be those of you. Yes, you, my dear friends and clients who supported me throughout my career in this shop. If it was not for your endless encouragement and genuine support to me, this place would have just been like any other shop; dreary and dull. For that, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for those kind words and gestures that led me to where I am today. Also, an assurance to you, that even though the Celest Thoi boutique will have a fresh new beginning in a amazing new frontier, the journey together with our friends and clients will always be evergreen.
So, with that, stay tuned for more updates as we move, and see you all really soon!
Celest Thoi

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