the holidays, help, and trucking on

December 6, 2009 |  Category:   the biz


Thanks to those of you who came down to the Bust Craftacular today! It was our best fair to date (and the first one across the river in Manhattan) with lines 40 minutes long to get in during the morning crush. Mark said there were quite a few blog readers who came and said hello. Wish I could be at the table at more of these events to meet some of you, but at least this time he had a bit of help from a twitter friend, Mike, who helped set up and run some errands in the morning before doors opened.

Setup started around 8am and with 2 big containers of hot chocolate still to make (which sold out in about 4 hours), Mark got up extra early at 5am and didn’t get home till nearly 9pm. he finally got to sleep a bit after midnight. Long day.

We still have 3 more weeks of holiday madness still to go, but it’s a bit of a relief to have this event over. Oh, and did I say that we weren’t going to be taking on corporate gift orders this year? Bwahaha. We couldn’t turn everybody down, so we took on a few inquiries and have some big orders to push out the in next 2 weeks. But…we’ve had some help! Along with Mike helping out this morning, my parents came over on Saturday while Mark was in the kitchen and cut some bags and ribbon and folded laundry. We will also have some neighbors come over and volunteer some packaging time this week, and tomorrow, for the first time ever, Mark will have a day of help in the kitchen. With the restaurant closed on Mondays, Mark will be able to take up more space in the kitchen with one of his trusted assistants from the Pastry staff at the Central Park Boathouse who he’s worked with for 7 years. With someone who’s just about as fast a baker and cookie cutter as he is, between the 2 of them, who knows how many cookies they’ll be able to push out in a day?


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  • Marie Hansen December 7, 2009 at 2:28 am

    congratulations on handling the holidays!! Glad to hear you are doing well. Better than you can really do, I guess. congratulations! I was worried when I didn’t get your blog till late. I thought you were sick, Jenna. Happy you are able to write. Aloha, marie 🙂

  • chrisi December 7, 2009 at 8:10 am

    ahh beautiful pictures! good luck with the holidays, I know it’s a lot of work, but on the bright side, business is booming and you can eat sweets whenever your heart desires! :] <3

  • Lani December 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Very creative efforts in getting more helpers!

  • Tumus December 7, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    WOOT TO THE HELPING HANDS! Hope it makes your Holiday madness a bit less maddening.

  • quyen huynh December 7, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I was going to order more marshmellows and chocolate gingersnaps but will do so after the holidays. Good luck!


  • Nina December 8, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    It’s good to have friends!

  • Laura December 9, 2009 at 1:21 am

    i finally got to try the marshmallows. they were so excellent and even better than i had imagined they would be. 🙂

  • emeline December 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Wish I could help wrapping! I’m learning to just BE in the moment instead of 4 days ahead… HA! It’s hard, but so worth it. So glad you guys are doing the same!