Yesterday was a tough day. It became clear as I talked to the GC about different things that they need more time. Not a lot more, but there is a lot left to do and every day counts.
I officially decided this morning that our grand opening will push a week to allow a few more days for construction and inspections. It’s a costly move for me but the best decision so that we don’t all go crazy next week with an impossible schedule.
The good news is that I was at the store today and it is looking so good. I’m really happy with the floor. I was nervous about it but it turned out great. The FRP went up today. The equipment is starting to get put in the right place. We picked the paint colors with the exception of the bathroom. We started talking about how to fix up the patio.
My GC is working tomorrow on the holiday to do the lights. Then on Sunday, they place the subway tiles and other misc stuff. Monday is for painting and on from there.
It’s all coming together and looking so good!!!! I can’t even fully express what it feels like to see it come alive. So much heart and soul went into every decision. It’s my baby and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!
It’s been quite a week! I had to rebound from the Graphic Designer situation at the same time as moving forward with construction and everything else. It’s been non-stop, but I feel like we are in pretty good shape heading into the few weeks before Grand Opening!
We have a lot to do to get the store ready for inspections but that’s the goal over the next 5-6 days. The floor will be finished tomorrow and all of the equipment should be in by Monday. We still have to paint, tile, finish counter, hang lights, and all of the millions of other things, but I have a good team and we will do it.
Yesterday, my R&D team and I went to Taylor’s to run through the making of the soft serve from scratch. It was a long day, but fun. I had to bring all of the ingredients plus the equipment so it was a lot, but worth it. It was so good to be reminded of how good the soft serve tastes. Yummy!
Now I need to finalize pricing, finish all of the promotional items, order the tensing things needed, and make it all come together.
PR is moving full steam ahead this week as well. I’m so curious to see how that goes, who might run a story, etc.
As for me, I’m exhausted, but it’s crunch time and I’m up for the challenge.
I keep hearing from people that they are excited for this place to open. That makes me feel so good. That this dream that I pursued out of nothing, and for 4 years, has people excited.
I’m so proud of what we are creating and I hope it brings joy into people’s lives. That would make me so happy.