Recently, Mike posted an update on the store. I thought I'd give you a little update here as well. What to say... It's madness! Trying to open a store in two months is insane. Now we have less than two weeks before the soft open on July 1st.
When we were first deciding whether to go for this dream or not, we laid some ground rules. My primary rule was that I cannot have responsibility for this store. My already stressed out, control-freak brain could not do it. Mike agreed to this rule. And I was right, I couldn't do it. When I think of all the things that have to be done, I feel a deep pit opening in my stomach and a deep panic rising to my throat. Luckily, becuase of my rule, I tell that pit and panic to go away, because this is not my responsibility.
This frees me to help Mike how he needs help - support and encouragement and general cheerleaderiness - rather than my natural inclination, which is micro-management and nagging. (Who would you rather be married to?) Mike, meanwhile, retains his outward cool-cucumber facade, though he is working like a madman. I am so proud of him.
Each day he tells me the things he has done and they are all new and scary, but he is simply clenching his teeth and doing them. Again, I am so proud of him.
You probably wanted less emotional update and more factual update, so here it is.
All our staff are hired. Mike hired 7 part to full time general employees as scoopers. They are primarily college and high school students. Currently, we are making the last minute decisions about what T-shirts to buy for the employees. For the girls, he's going with feminine cut v-necks. Isn't he smart?
We also hired a great man to actually make our ice cream. He was a real God-send. He is older (40s, so not that old), experienced cook, has a family, and is responsible, loyal, and hardworking. He will be training 3 days in Boulder next week. Luckily, he is a fluent Spanish speaker, so he will be able to train fast, as Boulder's main ice-cream maker is a great guy, but has a hard time expressing himself quickly in English. It all worked out just perfectly.
Yesterday, we had our first major set back, and your opportunity for prayer. Our hardening cabinet (which is essential to making the ice cream), is not going to be ready on time for our health inspection on Monday, June 28th in order to open on Thursday, July 1st. All the equipment has to be in place, or they won't do the health inspection. It's hard to get the inspections set up, so if we miss this one, we will have to delay our open (and miss a huge money-making weekend). Currently, they're trying to find a loner that we can use until the other is ready. So please pray for this cabinet! We need a hardening cabinet by June 26th!
Meanwhile, each day Mike is burning through detail after detail after detail. (And boy are there a lot!) I won't bore you with them. I just pay attention to things like T-shirts and chocolates.
Thank you for praying for us! We really appreciate it. We don't know what will happen, but we know that no matter what (if the business is a success or if we go bankrupt and live in my parents' basement), God is good.
*Update on the Update: We just found out that the health inspection can go forward without the hardening cabinet. Hooray! Now we just have to figure out how to make ice cream for 2 weeks until it arrives...Might have to ship it down from Boulder. We also have to figure out how to get one ice cream case in the store and installed in time...The tension mounts!