We are blessed to have amazing resources in Madison, the first responders arrived quickly and ensured that everyone was safe and that the immediate area was secure. Our landlord is a wonderful man and owns many properties in Madison and is always quick to respond to any issues. He had the area cleaned up and secure by boarding up the walls until he can start construction immediately.
He and his team are rebuilding starting today, Wednesday, April 13th. We will keep everyone posted on our reopening date, which should be very soon. Our team at Upshift will have our own work to do such as cleaning the garments and the space inside, but we will do it quickly so we can reopen and celebrate in Upshift style; food, booze, wine, and good cheer (and walking or cabbing it home afterwards). That's when we'll really need the support of staff, friends, family, and of course our customers. We will need to recover lost sales and can continue to do so through our online store at www.upshiftswapshop.com. You can help by spreading the word of our online store.
Thank you to all the people on the Madison Fire Department, Madison Police Department, and Madison Gas and Electric that responded to the emergency to ensure everyone at Upshift and in our Johnson Street neighborhood were safe.
Thank you to staff, especially my husband that was working at the time, as well as customers and other patrons for staying calm and even handling this with a sense of humor after the dust had settled. Thank you to my dear friend Ashley and her husband for being there for us, they both released statements on Blackwater Studios' social media and Madison Story Slam's facebook page to encourage ongoing support during and after the accident. We are so thankful for all the phone calls, texts, and messages of support from all our near and dear.
Stay tuned for updates on our progress, until then stay safe, make good choices, and go forth and be fabulous.