“Sister, you’re back.” Su Nuo called with a smile. The little guy had felt kind of lonely today. Even though Zhang Cuilan and Baohe we around, he had still felt a little unsettled and awkward after the move, so when he saw Su Tang coming back he happily went forward to greet her.
Su Tang smiled and patted him on the head while saying, “En, I’m back. Tonight we’ll have to do some cleaning up, and then tomorrow your sister here will take you to have a look at our new home.”
Su Nuo froze with surprise when he heard the words ‘new home’ but his surprise quickly gave way to happiness and he said: “New home? Sister, are we going to move?”
“We are, and this time it will be to our own home.” Su Tang nodded.
Zhang Cuilan and Baohe were nearby, so they also heard this news and asked with surprise, “Young miss, did you buy a house?”
In fact, Zhang Cuilan knew that the courtyard they were staying in right now was rented, and that the rent was very expensive. Plus, although she and her daughter had been busy every day doing work for Su Tang, so far she had only seen the young miss spending money, but never making money. So it came as a surprise to hear the girl announce that she had bought a new courtyard.
“En. Since I’ve bought a shop, it wouldn’t be appropriate if I didn’t at least have my own house, right? Anyway, get ready. The new courtyard should be vacant after today, so tomorrow we’ll go over and clean it up.” Su Tang said.
“Understood. But do you want to leave all of this soap here, or do you want to move it over there too?” Zhang Cuilan asked again.
“There’s no hurry about moving the soap. It needs to be redecorated over there, so let’s handle that first.” Su Tang replied.
She had bought the new courtyard not only to open a shop, but also to have a new place to live for the long term. That being the case, Su Tang didn’t plan to handle things sloppily, and she fully intended to redecorate the place to make it livable and buy everything that needed to be bought. She still had forty taels in her hands, which she felt should be enough.
Zhang Cuilan naturally obeyed Su Tang’s words, and the little guy Su Nuo was just excited to hear that they were going to have a new home, so there were no objections anywhere. Su Nuo even kept tugging on Su Tang’s clothes and showering her with questions about what the new house was like, and how was it to buy it?
Su Tang carefully explained the entire process to him, not hiding anything, so there was a lively conversation that lasted well into the evening.
Later that night, after Su Nuo had gone to bed, Su Tang also retreated to her space. Once she was there, she sat at her desk and mentally recalled the appearance of the courtyard she bought. Then she began to draw out some simple designs for her ideas for the shop.
After much consideration, her plan was to open a dessert shop specifically targetting women. Of course, it wasn’t like she would only sell to women, but she just felt that women would be more likely to want to eat desserts. The key point that her plan hinged around was that, while there were often students coming out of the academy to frequent East Street, they also often had relatives come to visit them.
And while there were many shops on East Street that provided food and the like, most of them specifically targetted the students themselves, so they weren’t very convenient for the female relatives that came to visit. Of course, the main point was that Su Tang felt that having a big group of students always going in and out of her shop would be a big headache.
With these thoughts in mind, she designed the shop as a place for women to come inside to rest and chat, with a separate counter at the door for the unruly students. This way, if the students wanted to buy something to eat and take away, they could just pay at the door and then leave, which would keep the atmosphere more clean and quiet.
You could say that Su Tang was quite capricious when it came to business. Other people all wanted their shops to be more lively and would do anything to bring in more customers, but Su Tang disliked such noisy places and didn’t want her shop to be too crowded.
Once she had sketched out the rough draft idea, Su Tang was satisfied and went to sleep herself. As she laid down and closed her eyes, the space automatically went into ‘night mode’, turning down the bright daylight until it was dim, and the orange cat curled up next to Su Tang’s pillow to sleep beside her.
Early the next morning, Su Nuo was already up and bouncing around. Last night he had been so excited that he could hardly sleep, so now that it was finally morning he wanted nothing more than to go and see his new home. After all, his sister had told him he would be able to decorate his own room this time, so he was excited to go take a look and get started on decorating. He was burning with a desire to let his friends Huzi and Dongzi see what he could do.
Su Tang was happy to see him so excited, but also felt that it was a bit amusing. At the same time, Zhang Cuilan cooked up some porridge for all of them, and the masters and servants all quickly ate breakfast before all heading out to East Street together.
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