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created storage via shelving systems,
cubbies and traditional-style coat hooks.
Fabric and clear vinyl are stored under
the sewing tables kept on both levels,
and a 24-foot plotter-cutter on the main
fl oor can double as a worktable.
The company's greatest challenges in
terms of physical space? The lack of a
storefront and the lack of ample storage
for the large upholstery projects it takes
in each winter.
" We have a small display up front that
At BayView Canvas, every foot
of space is utilized in a two-story
waterfront building that was originally
a house. Photo: BayView Canvas
shipping tubes (horizontally stacked)
to store fabric rolls; and the use of pegboards
and J-hooks to hang supplies
from walls. A mini loft area a couple feet
below the ceiling is installed with Costa
Track so fi nished products can be hung
and stored vertically.
Another way she saves space? She's
able to hold 95 percent of client meetings
on their boats to preclude the need
for an in-house reception area.
Storage is the main challenge
In its earlier incarnation, BayView
Canvas was located in a 3,400-squarefoot
shop that provided more space.
But the Little Egg Harbor, N.J., fi rm
had expanded too quickly, says owner
Jamie Marozzi, and its product quality
was suffering.
" We decided to downsize and focus
more on our brand and the quality of
work we were putting out, as opposed to
the quantity of jobs, " he says. " We plan
to start hiring again within one to two
years, but we really needed to step back
and fi gure out who we wanted to be. "
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vas has moved into a former house
that offers 2,500 square feet of space.
To make that work, the company has
we bring with us to local boat shows,
but we no longer have all of our sample
books and a showroom available in the
front of our building, " Marozzi notes.
" And the large cushions take up a ton of
space and can't get installed until spring
at the earliest, so we end up having to
work around those. "
" One of the three of us is
sewing, while the other two
are patterning or cutting or
assembling materials for
the seamstress. It almost
becomes like a little ballet
sometimes. "
Shawn James, Back Creek Canvas
The future for BayView, he says, may
involve the construction of a new shop
with bigger capacity and a customer-friendly
reception area.
For fabricators, working in a modestly
sized space can call for creativity
and careful planning. But managed
properly, it can be a smart choice that
pays off in terms of lower overhead and
greater profi ts.
Michelle Miron is a freelance writer based
in Hugo, Minn.
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