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Sunday, September 13

Faire Frou Frou - Clean-Up & Renovation

Here's Faire Frou Frou boutique as of this weekend. Notice that not only are the walls half-gone, but the office and fitting rooms are missing! Even the chandeliers are gone! The green & white checkers, which will be re-painted, are all that remain.

This entire basket of bras (along with other baskets/boxes) was completely submerged in water. This particular Huit bra on top (which so many of you love) was sitting out in the 100 degree heat for several hours, and was still wet after all that time!

Faire Frou Frou shopping bags
Water damaged Faire Frou Frou bags and gift-wrap boxes. Such a shame; they hardly look as pretty as they should on the ground like that.

This was our carpeted area leading to the office. Off to the side are the heaps of bras that were in wicker baskets and subsequently got submerged under muddy water. We attempted to sort out what was ruined, and what could be saved. At least we cleaned out a lot of mud at that point! You don't even want to know the things that floated into our store - ickk!!

Faire Frou Frou post water damage2
The first day of clean-up. Piles of trash had to be thrown out; rugs, carpet, soggy boxes, base board, drywall, you name it!

Faire Frou Frou post water damage3
The store 2 days before everything was moved to a storage facility.

Here's Faire Frou Frou before the water damage. So much charm, warmth and life! We can't wait to bring that back!
Faire Frou Frou during the day

One week has passed since our store was submerged in muddy water from a nearby water main burst. And boy, a lot has happened in that time! In the period of about 5-6 days, we have had our store inventory & fixtures removed and shipped to a storage facility, and the shop itself has been dried out (we hope!) with heaters blasting day and night (and the store temperature was a miserable 120 degrees while everything was being cleared out - we've never been so hot!). Luckily we had a great team of people helping us - thank God!
At this very moment, our shop is empty; even the walls have been partially removed. Our fitting rooms and office have been torn out, our chandeliers have been packed, and pretty much everything that made Faire Frou Frou so beautiful is out of site.
We are being told that we will be up-and-running within a month (3-4 weeks). Actually, we've heard a bunch of estimates ranging from 1-2 weeks to 90 days. We're hoping it will only be about a month. In fact, we're very excited to start the renovation process! We already made some fun plans for how we will redecorate (don't worry, it won't be too different!) and we're very anxious to share these plans with you! This renovation project, though a bit stressful, is also an exciting opportunity for us. We are looking at the positive that has come out of this muddy mess, and hope to present you with a prettier, more updated Faire Frou Frou.
We hope and pray that everything with our insurance company and the DWP works out fairly. We're trying to remain positive that it will, and we're taking this upheaval one day at a time.

For you, our customers, please continue to shop with us online (fairefroufrou.com)! Also, if you have any special requests, you are welcome to contact us at 818-783-4970.
We look forward to sharing our news of our Grand Re-Opening date! Let's hope it's soon!

30 fabulous comments:

Unknown said...

Our Frou Frou thoughts are with you! It breaks my heart to see the store stripped bare, but I know it's for the best, to make sure the structure is fully dried and repaired. Glad to hear the online store remains flood-proof!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

OH NO. I'm so sorry for your misfortune!!

bananas. said...

OH MY GOODNESS! i'm so sorry to hear about this. frou frou will pull through.

Duchess of Tea said...

My darlings, I am so sorry to see your charming store down to this mess. Things will get better and your beautiful store will be up and running soon... I am praying for your store's speedy recovery.

Love & Hugs
Duchess xoxoxo

trishie said...

Oh dear! We once lost our ceiling at work due to a burst pipe...it's such a pain and everything's so wet and yuck. i hope you get the shop up and running again soon!

FrenchBlue said...

I am so so sorry...
Can I come up and help you?

Draffin Bears said...

Oh I am so sorry for the stress that you are going through, it must be so heartbreaking for you.
Your shop was so pretty and I am sure that it will be even more beautiful when you finish.
Much luck with the Insurance and renovation project. I hope that Faire Frou Frou will be soon back up and running.


Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

It breaks my heart... I so hope everything will be back to normal soon. On a positive thought - you will have a brand new shop! Even prettier than before... (if it's even possible to make it even more beautiful). You know, I look at these photos and think that you have such an amazing taste and as soon as your shop is open again you're going to have sooooooooooooo many customers! Take care, girls and good luck with the insurance company. xxx

Kate O'Mara said...

I just love your blog so much yet it might have something to do with my desire to become a lingerie designer :D

Sherin said...

Oh gosh, that sounds awful. The store looked so pretty before. Hope everything gets better soon.

Susan said...

oh I am so sorry for you, girl!
I know you will bring all that beauty back though! :)
good luck with that!

Petra Bellejambes said...

Thanks so much for the update. Have been thinking about you, and wishing you all well.

Hopefully some great new ideas will come out of the chaos!

A beintot - Petra

Katie said...

Alison, my heart breaks also, you have such a beautiful store. My love and prayers are with you.

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

Oh my goodness, so terrible- that pretty bra, the pretty store! It will be back and better than ever soon, I am sure! :)

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

Oh my goodness, so terrible- that pretty bra, the pretty store! It will be back and better than ever soon, I am sure! :)

alexkeller said...

my heart goes out to you! if i were closer, i'd even come and help!

Grumpy old man said...

I am sooo sorry to see your shop like that. Totally blind thing to happen to anyone! I trust that everything will be better soon. Best wishes with cleaning up.

Couture Carrie said...

Oh, darlings, I am so sorry about the water damage to your lovely shop... Here's hoping the reno is quick and painless and that your grand reopening is a fabulous fete!


Fifi Flowers said...

Oh my! That is TERRIBLE! I hope you are up and running SOON!

EvesApples said...

It will be even more gorgeous than before. Viva la Frou Frou!


~ Eve

Gaia said...

I'm so sorry for you! but I'm sure you'll be back soon and strongere than before!
Love and good luck!

Maria Confer said...

You will indeed bring the store back to life!!

I'm so sorry you have to deal with all this crummy stuff.


K.Line said...

I had a small basement disaster a few years ago resulting in months of inconvenience (1 month of digging through my home's foundation and 4 living without stairs (it was winter and they couldn't be replaced till the ground thawed). I feel you pain! It sucks so big time. In my case, the benefit of not having my livelihood impacted (as you have) was offset by having my home trashed for a long time. Oh, and there was some remortgaging, in addition to insurance.

So sorry you have had to live through this. So sorry for your beautiful things! But you are strong and will come out of this ok!

Nina (Femme Rationale) said...

OMG, you were one of the shops that were damaged! i'm so sorry. i was so shocked when i drove down ventura and saw all the stores completely stripped. what a nightmare it must be for you. i hope everything works out.

Beth Connolly said...

Glad to see things are progressing. Can't wait to see you up and running.

Gerri Ward said...

Soon everything will be BACK TO NORMAL and SOLELY FABULOUSLY CHARMING and ELEGANT as it was BEFORE!!!
p.s. I can only imagine how feminine and pretty YOU must feel to work in such an EXQUISITELY BEAUTIFUL ENVIRONMENT, YOU are solely BLESSED!!!:)

St├ęphanie said...

Oh ! Sorry !

Aline said...

I am so, so sorry....I don't even know what to say, but I know that you will re-open better than ever!

www.janetteria.com said...

So sorry...


sisters in black frocks said...

good luck to u ladies! can't wait for the new unveiling =)