I used to own a gallery, and will share a couple of things I
learned. You aren’t a museum - you are in the business of selling.
People won’t buy what they can’t see. All work for sale should be out
on display, easily visible. If you are set on your pyramid make it
out of something clear they can see through.
Most customers won’t ask to see prices - make sure they are visible.
If your customers will include older folks make sure the prices are
large enough to be easily legible. Lighting matters - be sure it is
Insurance is important - both for the items for sale, and liability
in case of customer accidents.
Keep a card file of customers with names, addresses, what they
bought. Then if a friend or family member comes in you can guide them
towards something to complement an item already purchased. This did
really well for me. Customers (and their husbands!) loved it.
Lighting and music can help set a stage or convey a theme, as can
the type of materials you use for your displays and their design.
Thanks for not doing scented candles or incense - many of us are
allergic. I hate it when I am traveling, and see a neat store that I
can’t go in because simply walking by makes my asthma kick in. A real
Pick a font family to use for all signs and lettering - this can
help convey your theme, while keeping everything cohesive.
With a high roof you could hang lots of fiber art, kites, wind
chimes, etc., and maybe have a fan gently moving the air up high so
they move constantly. You might be able to create your atmosphere
Good luck - retail is a lot of work!
Beth in SC