And so is this blog. You knew I had many more photos to share, right? Besides, we’re still on vacation time, although Mark is getting ready to do his first epic 14 hour night shift tonight (I guess he really isn’t on vacation time then with this rude awakening…welcome home!). It made us realize that 2 full weeks is really a long time to be off on vacation and now he’s playing catch-up with all our retailers. Throughout our trip I kept thinking how taking 2 weeks off to go hang out in Seattle or anywhere else would be really difficult/downright impossible once we have a store. People don’t close down stores for 2 weeks at a time, do they? When we’re gone from our business it’s tough enough as it is, but we aren’t necessarily losing money right now because we aren’t paying any rent anywhere, we’re just not making any money when we’re closed.
It’s this loss of freedom that I lament the most, even though I’ve come around to really embracing the idea of a store. We even scouted out some Northwest goodies to carry in the store, including coffee. Although our own products in the store* will be very much about Brooklyn, we’d like to offer some items from the NW as a connection to Mark’s hometown. It’s stuff like this that gets us excited (also Three Potato Four’s new store which is fab).
I’m hoping to push out of these post-vacation doldrums soon before I waste September away (yes, it is indeed September!!). But for now, my mind is still on vacation, hazy from good times spent with our family and our friends. Coming back hasn’t been easy because there is a lot of uncertainty in our future and it was nice to not have to deal with reality for a bit.
But I will, once the fog lifts away.
*don’t get too excited about the store. There still are no concrete store plans yet, nor any space scouting. The whole thing is still ridiculously daunting.
**oh man, Mark left at midnight after 2 hours of sleep to go bake. He won’t be back till 3 or 4 the next afternoon. We may have to reconsider this strategy. Madness!