This was the cute, adorable store in downtown Glassboro. When Innovasion packed up and left four years ago, it was with the intent to never have a bricks and mortar store again. But I changed my mind and decided to re-open at Turner’s Corner in the Turnersville section of Washington Township, New Jersey.
Business ventures are a risk. The primary reason that the Innovasion store existed, was because I first made a real estate investment in a vacant storefront in an economically depressed downtown.
My husband and I landed in Glassboro because we moved our land planning and engineering company into a vacant deteriorated bank building at the corner of Main and High Streets.
After spending a year renovating the building, moving our company in, and becoming very involved in the community, I made a decision to buy another piece of real estate.
I had a choice, find a tenant for the space or become my own tenant. Because of my love for all things fun, interesting and unusual, I was ready again to open up a shop that offered “vintage home furnishings and accessories” with interior design thrown in.
Long story short, the hope I had that Innovasion would be a beacon of light and would help attract other shop owners into town did not become a reality. But, it wasn’t for a lack of trying. As you can see, I put a model in the window and invited the community into a “sketch” evening entitled Window Dressings
I also had art shows for emerging artists that were held in the basement that I named “Underground Passage”
So….eventually I packed up my bags, stored some stuff in my basement, left and sold the cute adorable storefront. It is now a cute little ribs and sandwich place for college students.Business is a risk. My hopes are always high and I am always prepared for “what if it doesn’t turn out the way I hoped.”
But then I remember – “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I have hope in Him.”