3Bird co-owners Laura Telesco, Kathy Swan, and Laura Keefer were lucky this week: they didn’t have to be night-owls burning the midnight oil to open their new consolidated store with the opening day of Dexter Daze.
“The goal was simply to be open by Dexter Daze today,” Keefer said. “We finished getting everything together last night at 9 p.m. The last thing we did was clean the windows.
Telesco took the opportunity to thank their children and children’s friends who literally did much of the heavy lifting from the old storefronts on the other side of Broad Street to the much more spacious 8060 Main Street location.
“People were hesitant about the move at first, they’d say we’re leaving a great space,” Keefer said. “I don’t think they could envision it, but the ones who’ve been in today have all said that they see why we moved here.”
3Bird looks like a blend of The Home Goods Store and Nichols & Stafford, and it’s done in such a way that is seamless due to the store design and layout.
Dozens of people streamed through the store’s spacious aisles within the 30 minutes that WeLoveDexter was there talking to the owners and shooting photos of opening day.
Telesco recalled former Huron Camera owner Milt Campbell coming into the space that he once lived and breathed photography for so many years, particularly when he noticed that the ladies have mounted the 1-Hour Photo sign above the 3Bird front door on the interior side.
“A lot of people are surprised when they see it — I think they appreciate that it’s there,” Telesco said, adding that she’d love to have the signs from when 8060 Main was an IGA and Dancers (clothing store).
Below are our best photos of the first day of 3Bird being in business.