Our store has been open for almost one month.
What??! That's crazy talk.
The transition from business startup to business operation has been both shockingly smooth and surprisingly difficult. In many ways, it's like we've always been here. In other ways, it's a whole new world.
It's been so fun chatting with everyone that has come through, old friends and new. We already have repeat customers and there continues to be lots of excitement about the store. When I visit places to give menus and introduce myself, people say "hey, you're the drive-thru grocery lady!". Yes. Yes I am.
In just 3 weeks we've already made (what feels like) all the amateur mistakes.
We over-estimated things. We under-estimated things. We completely forgot things. We mislabeled things and mispriced things and wasted things. Ugh.
Sometimes I hear a beeping noise inside the store and I don't know where it's coming from.
It's actually pretty amazing how many things you can miss in a 240 square foot space. It's humbling and I'm sure will continue to be so.
I'm a little worried about all the things I have yet to learn in coming months.
The learning curve isn't unique to us. Anyone can predict the missteps and hurdles a new business will have. All the advice about starting a small businesses is true, but of course you have to experience it firsthand to learn it. And yet it's SO HARD for me to keep cool, be patient, and not obsess about every error, even though I know it's all normal growing pains.
I take everything with this business personally.
I'm choosing to see that as a strength that will help us problem-solve, adjust, and pay attention to detail as we grow. We want to be an asset to this community and I truly believe our small size and personalized approach is vital toward that goal.
But I also see our contribution as a collaboration. We can't do it alone and we need your input. Please drop us a line with any feedback, comments, ideas, or concerns. We want to hear from you!
And THANK YOU for your support!!