One of the biggest surprises in the Makaboo adventure has been our decision to bring the embroidery production in-house. While I know a lot about building web sites and fun Flex applications, I know very little about embroidery machines and software. It's been a huge but exciting learning curve.

When we decided to bring the embroidery in-house, we realized that we needed to build out a space for a production shop (versus shipping directly to a fulfillment provider). It just so happened that my husband Bill was looking for a renter for a small ground-floor space in St. Louis' Washington Avenue Loft District. The next thing I knew, I was the proud tenant of a 500-square-foot storefont at 609 N. 13th Street, 63103.

Bill has been supportive of Makaboo from the beginning, but, to be perfectly honest, neither of us knew entirely what we were getting ourselves into. Since building out a space was not in my budget to begin with, we had to do everything ourselves.

And by we, I mean Bill.

Bill did everything from overnight trips to IKEA to priming and painting, and from installing the tricky flooring to building custom splash-boards for the cabinetry (I bet you $100 he will tell me that's not what they're called). One day he showed up with planters and mandevillias (I think) for the front door. He made the space so adorable, and he worked so incredibly hard. All because he loves me and supports me.

So, this post is for him. Dawn Shields, our fantastic lifestyle photograher, is coming in later this month to do some press shots, but until then, these iPhone photos will have to suffice!

Bill, you are the most incredible man and I thank the universe every day for allowing me to be your wife. Thank you for everything you do for me, and for Makaboo!