Hello all you amazing Pizza Hippo financiers from tranquil Windham, Vermont. The sun is just rising over the hills, birds are chirping, it's about 50 degrees. Life is good.
You'll be happy to know we've spend all your money! Wait, what? Yes, it's true. We spent your cash. On what you ask? Plenty. Read on.
Pizza Hippo is now a fully licensed and insured catering company doing weekly gigs at 4 farmers markets, as well as a six day week at our NEW PIZZA STAND. Built from trees grown, logged and milled on the Kindle Farm, the Hippo Shack, while not entirely complete, opened for business a week ago. Business has picked up since then (people are afraid of a restaurant running under a tent apparently) and we're not looking back.
Pizza Hippo has been an instant favorite at local music festivals (we've hosted one, our opening day, vended two others, with at least four to six more slated for the season, maybe more). Long lines at midnight are the regular for us. Cashing in on the pizza munchies. Yeah.
We've also started booking large Vermont catering events (two 100 person pre-wedding parties and an entire school staff day) with several more bids out there. Our website is really starting to produce results. SEO? I do that. Thanks Zerve.
Last, but not least, Svetlana, our '88 Volvo wagon with 300K+ miles on it has new shoes, a new trannie, and a slew of other upgrades necessary for the daily towing of the Hippo Wagon.
Most importantly, as your money has been gone since roughly June 3, Pizza Hippo has sustained it's own operations and growth strictly from cash flow. No credit cards, no small loans, no cash infusions from investors. It's been tough, but it's been a blast at the same time.
And our August schedule is jam packed with special events.
Thanks again to all of you...we'll keep you posted.