October 1st. I’ve been thinking about these lines for an entire month now and I promised myself that I will have this written and scheduled in advance. Well, plans didn’t work out that well.
October 1st. A new 31 days series starts today, hosted by The Nester. When she first announced the series, I decided it would be a good moment to try to put in order all of my thoughts on running a coffee shop. Or at least the better part of them.
I opened the first coffee shop in 2008, June. It seems like it was yesterday. It seems like it was ages ago. With absolutely no experience in the restaurant business, with borrowed money (thanks, aunt and bank!) and with so many ideas. Some turned to be right, some turned to be deadly wrong. And when I say deadly, I am just slightly exaggerating.
view of the garden, first location
In this 31 days series, I will be talking about everything, from idea to location, from menu design to interior design, from hiring and firing to making friends, from nice coincidences to jazz music, from money to more than money. I think of it as a sort of diary. I am much funnier when talking live about all these topics, but here is not an exercise in funny. Or not only that.
Having a business of your own in the HoReCa industry is fun. And tough. Is tough and fun and overwhelming and takes courage and takes a pinch of insanity. It means to learn to depend on others and not to depend on others at all. It means to forget about yourself in order for others to feel good, but it also means not forgetting yourself at all. It’s overwhelming. Sometimes you feel small and helpless. Sometimes you feel inspired and like you are on top of the world. A complaint feels the end of the world. And so does losing a good chef. A smile from a client can make your day. And so can going out for a drink with a former bartender, now friend.
It’s a roller-coaster of emotions. Living the day to day business reality can take you off guard and leave you baffled and at a loss for words. But look at me just now, sitting in front of the computer, pouring my coffee heart out to you.
This is just a short introduction of what will follow in the next 30 days. I will use photos taken by my sister, the official photographer, to illustrate my stories. And I will also be sharing what I learned as a human being from this entire experience. The business tips and tricks might or might not apply to your line of work or business, but it might be fun to discover feelings we might have in common.
Hope you’ll be joining me throughout October, as I unravel my coffee shop stories. There’s a button in the left hand sidebar, which will link to the series. I would love to hear your thoughts and/or answer your questions. Leave a trail, so I can follow back and read your stories.
Wish me luck. See you tomorrow with a story of how the idea and I met for the first time.