We opened our doors September 23, 2014. It has been almost 6 months now! (and even longer since my last blog.) I was inspired by a mug club member to start writing again. I hope I can keep up with it now…
People come in they ask how business is going. I can’t count how many times we have answered that question. The truth is most people still don’t know we exist. We are tucked away in the corner of this shopping center and even with the giant sign a lot of people don’t see us. That being said, we already have a lot of mug club members (over 260 now!) and regulars who we love seeing every time they come in. We worked on the business for 3.5 years, so we are really doing just about what we predicted we would be doing at this point (which is comforting since we are engineers and like to plan with no surprises!).
Then after we answer the question of how is business doing, we also get people asking if we are happy we opened. No doubt, we are tired a lot the time, but it is all worth it. We love what we are doing. We love brewing, planning events, enjoying time with everyone coming in. It is exactly what we pictured and life is good.
Other business owners told us to prepare for little sleep. There isn’t really a way to prepare for that. It just kind of happens. To pay the bills, Mike still has his engineering job for probably a few years. He goes to work in the morning, comes home to the brewery and continues on with whatever work needs to be done here. I (Dayna) am full time here. I am generally the one doing the brewing starting in the morning or taking care of planning and inventory.
We are proud of our entire staff for sticking with us and helping us adjust each day to new processes to keep this place running as smooth as possible. Our staff gets to have a lot of input into the operations here and that makes the brewery fun and ensures we are constantly improving.
I remember telling my parents when I was a kid that I wanted a job where I didn't have to do the same thing every day. Well, I finally found it, where I belong.
Mug Club Mug - A common sighting around here these days!
Our first day - Hop Bine Cutting (instead of a ribbon)