Vegan Street Fair 2017

Last weekend was Vegan Street Fair. It was an intense day but a lot of fun. 

There is always so much prep that goes into these events, but we started early this year and we’re able to not go too crazy. It’s still hard though as we need to keep the store going at the same time with enough product, and the store has been busy!

We had nonstop lines until we ran out, got some more from the store, and then ran out again.

No huge curveballs this year, but the biggest issue was our signage from VSF was wrong. We were introducing our new Caramel Apple Abundance flavor and the sign called it a topping 😦 Oh well. What can you do.

I spent the last 1-2 hours walking our line, letting everyone know what flavors we had left as I had heard earlier, some people were not happy as we started running out of flavors. 

The Fair itself was amazing. SO MANY people came and the community is so beautiful. I love seeing our friends, meeting new people, and seeing their reactions to Yoga-urt.

It was an exhausting day, but we are so grateful to be part of this community. 

I’m really excited to see what the next few weeks bring as we get closer to our busy season. 

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Transition

I can’t believe that it’s almost been a month since my last post. 

For both me and for Yoga-urt, there is so much transition happening right now.

For Yoga-urt, we’ve had changes to our team (team members leaving and new team members starting) and then just recently, daylight savings and warmer weather. We are getting busier which means we have to make more product, order more frequently, go to the market more frequently, staff up, and try to keep up with everything. 

Not to mention, Vegan Street Fair is less than 2 weeks away so we are in major prep mode. I’m starting to get nervous as these festivals/fairs are a big deal with so many moving pieces. We seem to always get hit with a curveball, but this is our 4th one now so I feel a bit more confident. It’ll be a lot of fun to introduce Yoga-urt to new people and see friends too.
And as always, it’s exciting for me to see people coming to the store, from near and far away and enjoying all areas of Yoga-urt including the back patio. I love seeing people relaxing back there. It makes me so happy. 

As for me, my day job slowed down a bit this last month (first time in the 3.5 years I’ve been there), and so it’s been nice to take a couple more days off and to breathe a little. Also gave me time to focus on my taxes and Yoga-urt a bit more. The list is never ending of things to do.

I also got to go to Natural Expo West for 1 day. The last time I went was in 2012 when I was still working on my business plan. At that time, I had to fake a business card to get in and was embarrassed for people to see my pass with the name Yoga-urt on it. This time, I was proud to wear it and it was a nice reminder of how far I’ve come. The Expo was still overwhelming, but I was proud to represent Yoga-urt.

And on the family front, my parents are still faced with many health issues which makes things incredibly hard for my family, but I’m lucky to have their support and love when they can visit the store.

Here’s hoping this transition brings lots of goodness to all of us.