You can research all you want, do all the right things and check all the boxes.
But sometimes FATE + LUCK are really all you need...
It was the Walnut Street Fair, May 2015 and we had our tent set up in front of our soon to be Pop Up. Unknowingly we illegally parked our Jeep in the building's parking lot. Halfway through the street fair the owners of the building came around and asked us to move our car. We started chatting, Chris gave them our card which has our slogan on it, "We like our furniture like we like our dogs. Rescued." Turns out the owner was a Veterinarian so they let us keep our car there. As we were packing up from the event, we saw the owners again.
Chris- "That is an amazing space. What are you doing with it?
Owner- "Oh we are knocking it down to build our home. But its going to take a while."
Me - "You should have a Pop Up in the space until you are ready to demo. That way you can make some money and have someone watch your parking lot. Hahaha."
Owner- "Would you do it? Would you run the Pop Up?"
Me- "Uhhhh yes. Yes I would."
And thats it. Thats how we found our space. No researching on Commercial Real Estate sites, or working with a local realtor. We just fell into it. Total and complete Irish Luck.
Now that year we had been doing Street and Art Fairs, set up an Etsy shop and wanted to have our own store front to test our idea and see if it actually worked/if we liked it. So we had the want, and the need. And I guess sometimes you put things out into the universe and it listens. I am always trying to recreate that magic in our lives. But you can't force it. You just have to seize it when the stars align.
Moral of the Story: Keep your eyes open for opportunity. And for your next Veterinarian.