Good lord, that took forever, didn't it?
We are finally open, albeit on a more limited scale than originally imagined. We're starting out as a basic coffeeshop with baked treats while we finish getting everything in place, and will ramp up to doing actual meals once a few more benchmarks get hit (Like having a refrigerator that works! Seriously, the seller must have seen me coming a mile away.).
Backer rewards! I'm still waiting on shipments of shirts, mugs and stickers, but I'm thinking I'll start sending out care packages this week anyway, and just send the other stuff separately when it arrives. With 200+ backers it will take a couple of weeks to get through everyone, so when I get to you I'll be sending you an email to confirm that your mailing address is the same as it was when you filled in the backer survey. Gluten-free peeps, yours will be nearer the end of the cycle because I have ordered a bunch of special flours to make stuff for you. :)
Progress Update! Since last time:
- Passed health inspection with a score of 100!
- Hooked up ipad/square reader/cash drawer/receipt printer.
- Gave away the old coolers/fridges to Doug of Fish Art fame.
- Ordered more kitchen stuff, eco-friendlyish to go cups.
- Put Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap in the new touch-free soap dispensers for bathrooms.
- Soft opened!
Grand opening update: Officially, June 20 is our grand opening date, but our big ribbon cutting will be on Wednesday, July 18 at 4pm. This is being organized by Chantel at the Tybee Better Hometown office, and she's inviting people like the mayor and members of the city council. Since the only people who let me know that they were planning to come to a grand opening party on June 20th are local, I'm going ahead and shifting the party to occur after the ribbon cutting on the evening of July 18. Since it took so much longer to get this place going and fulfill backer rewards, ALL backers are invited to the ribbon cutting/party. By then we should have the state alcohol license in hand, too. :) If you think you'll come from out of town, please let me know so I can plan appropriately.