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I'm Kayla. A millennial obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time. #catlady

12.17.2019

We Opened a Gift Shop | Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts

Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts

What a title. I can honestly tell you I never thought I would write that sentence. We opened a gift shop. Full stop. It's happened. It's here. People come and shop daily. What is life?

In 40 days we went from getting the keys to the location to our soft opening. 40 days of sleepless nights, gallons of spackle, and a whirlwind of emotions. But here we are on the other side. We're no where near "finished," but we're at a point where I feel like I can take a deep breath before diving back into things. Like blogging. And videos. And sleep.

Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts

We got the keys to our location in downtown Grand Rapids on November 1st. Look at us...all smiles without a clue in the world what we were doing. I mean we still don't know, but we've learned a ton since this photo (like you can't paint outside if it's below fifty degrees. The awkward paint swatch on the outside of the building is testament to that gained knowledge...)

Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts

Looking at this photo I'm amazed at how far the space has come. I remember standing in this space not two months ago thinking, "what the hell did I just do?" I  had so much doubt and fear that I had just made a terrible mistake and four year commitment to something I most definitely could not do.


I've tried my best to document the journey. It's been lacking in the recent weeks as we turned our life up to eleven to get the store open for Small Business Saturday. But there are still a few videos showing you where we started and walking you through the journey.

Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts

Putting the logo on the door really made it real for me. You'd think the hours of painting and rearranging furniture to get the perfect "customer flow" would have done that, but nope. When we put that vinyl on the door it became officially our place. 

Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts


Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts

There were so many 2 a.m.'s that I thought for sure we wouldn't be able to open for Small Business Saturday, yet we somehow pulled it off. A sneaky selfie was a must. 

And people showed up. People continue to show up to shop. It's mind blowing. When I'm able to complete full thoughts I'll do another post I'm sure, but it's completely astounding what can happen if you decide to do something and just do it. I'm a gift shop owner now.

Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts


I'm currently planning our calendar of events for 2020 and it's been amazing to meet local artists and talented crafts-people to talk about workshops. Be sure to follow our Instagram and Facebook so you know what events are coming!

Thank you so much for your cheerleading and patience during the past months as I completely disappeared in a whirlwind of paint swatches and wholesale orders. 
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12.05.2019

The Mimmo Caddy Review by Mollie Ollie

The Mimmo Caddy Review by Mollie Ollie

The envy is real when I see all of those planner girls at events carrying around their caddies full of supplies. They're so organized and chic. Like they're part of the cool planner crowd and I'm just over here rummaging through a messy stack of stickers. I could never find a caddy or tote system that I loved and didn't feel dated. But no more! The lovely folks over at Mollie Ollie answered my organizational prayers and sent over the Mimmo Caddy* that has sent my heart a flutter.

The Mimmo Caddy Review by Mollie Ollie

I'm a sucker for felt and this caddy is so high quality I wish you could feel it through the computer screen.  It's cool enough that I don't feel like an 80-year-old lady carrying it around, but it's still practical as hell. There are a ton of storage pockets along the sides that securely hold items in place. The side zipper pocket has a ton of loops to hold other supplies as well. This could be used for so many different hobbies and purposes. It was originally designed as a diaper caddy, but the sky's the limit on its uses. It could be great for knitters, scrapbookers, and other crafty folk. Plus it's under $30 and would make a perfect addition to your holiday wishlist since it's sold on Amazon.

The larger compartment fits all of my planners perfectly and would likely fit any 7x9 inch planners without issue. I have three planners stashed in the pocket, but I'm sure you could fit up to five comfortably.

The Mimmo Caddy Review by Mollie Ollie

You can find me toting this thing around throughout my house. I've even brought it with me on the bus to take it to Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts. It's serious love. The quality is insane and the straps are nice and sturdy. The interior divider pockets can be removed if you're looking for a larger space to store items, but I personally love being able to divide out my products.

Click here to purchase the tote and be sure to use code 10HELLOLIV for a 10% discount! I would have never thought to use a diaper caddy to store planner supplies, but this tote has got me thinking about all the other products I could adapt to my planning needs! Do you have a planner caddy? What planner supplies do you always have with you?
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