We at MELT are shy of just six months of business. In those six months I have hit some incredible highs and lows along the journey, here’s a few:
Having an actual functioning store where people can buy and eat ice cream.
Having the best team of people I could have ever dreamed of (sometimes I get teary eyed because I am so thankful for Arika, Valerie, Corin, Wesley, Jayne and Julie and all the others that were here over the summer).
Being on TV unexpectedly on a Tuesday.
Meeting and hiring the perfect consultant help us at the perfect time.
Literally most of my customers are incredible people with incredible stories.
Partnering with local businesses that are passionate and getting to know them like: Stir Crazy Baked Goods, Avoca Coffee, Twisted Dog Pretzel, Martin House, Swiss Pastry Shop, Moore Jam and Cane Rosso!
I did a lot of things the wrong way to start with.
Building maintenance is stressful and expensive.
You can not please everyone no matter how hard you try.
Nothing is predictable.
No one teaches you how to be a boss, you figure it out by making mistakes.
It’s a lot of stress to manage.
I am learning that the business is a balance. It’s a lot easier to work for someone than to open your own business. When you are the proprietor you have to make decisions even when you don’t know what’s best. They should call it practicing business. Some days I want so bad to have a business partner who I can bounce ideas off of or who can take the reigns so I can sleep in and watch movies in my bed and disappear for a day, I would turn off my phone and my computer and hide out under the covers and order Thai food from Spice down the street and I would only decide what movie and whether I wanted spring rolls or crab ragoons. Then other days I am like, this is so awesome, people come to my shop and eat food and smile and laugh and then come back again, and there is a group of people who have become like my family in helping run it. Like I said it’s a balance.