WOW! Happy New Year, friends! Where did 2015 go?? SO MUCH has happened this year, and we cannot WAIT to see/share what will happen in 2016! We’re so thankful to be on this adventure together. For now, we thought we would share a little recap of all that’s happened this year!
We all started just talking about what this crazy idea would look like. We had many meetings at McDonald’s and Panera, trying to meet up when the time allowed. We were all working full time jobs, and living hours apart. We also had a few Skype meetings. We honestly had NO idea what we were doing! At this point we were brain storming buildings to lease, and trying to figure out how we would fund a coffee shop!
The talk of a mobile coffee shop begins. We had this crazy idea to put a coffee shop into a food truck or something similar. After an evening on Craigslist, Jessica found this crazy looking, bright orange cargo trailer, that already had some coffee equipment in it! The price had been dropped (by 50%!) and the owner just wanted to get rid of it. We went to the bank, applied for a loan, and then we waited! More meetings with business savvy friends, parents, and a pastor happened around this time.
We receive our loan, and head to pick up our new orange trailer! We had NO idea, still, what we were getting ourselves into! But, off we went on our crazy adventure. We also launched our Kickstarter campaign on March 11th. We had absolutely no idea if it would work, or the roller coaster of emotions it would take us on. But, we went for it!April
We become fully funded on Kickstarter!! This was full of so many emotions. From excitement, to not thinking we were going to make it, to being SO surprised by so many GENEROUS people! To finally hitting (and then exceeding!) our goal! We’re still SO grateful for each and every one of you who pledged! This is the reason we’re up and running today!!!May
Katie finished her full time job, and was able to begin dedicating more time to The Mix House! We received our Kickstarter funds, and began sending out rewards to all of our backers. We also began the Bowling Green Farmer’s market on Saturday mornings, and Katie and Tyler’s house began the process of becoming a warehouse! HA! Also, renovations on the trailer started, and what seemed to be a never ending process of getting permits and licenses began!June
Jess finished her full time job and moved back to Caroline. Work on the trailer continued. We took apart, cleaned, and rebuilt our espresso machine. We laid new floors in the trailer, built custom stainless counter tops, bought an awesome under the counter fridge, and submitted plans to the Health Department! We also started taking our market set-up to the Ladysmith Farmer’s Market, which opened up SO many doors for us! At the end of June, we hosted our Launch Party, where we invited all of our Kickstarter Backers to see what we had created! We still had a little work to do on the Mobile Bar, but it was functional enough for one night! Finally, somewhere in here, we had our in home bakery inspection and passed!! This meant we could bake and prepackage delicious treats in Katie and Tyler’s kitchen, and then sell them from the trailer.July
This was probably our most exciting month! We finished trailer, pulled a REALLY late night on July 8th, had a 9am health inspection on July 9th, PASSED!, and then went to the Ladysmith Farmer’s Market that night with trailer in tow! Seriously, the best feeling ever. I’m pretty sure we all passed out for the day on Friday, but then spent the weekend getting everything set for our first official day of business!!! Also, Corinne joined us and started being our amazing barista/baker!! We’re SO grateful for her stepping in to help us, and then becoming our full time head baker shortly after!August
We kept working to figure out our little routine and establishing a small customer base in Ladysmith. We celebrated three birthdays this month as well! Jess, Corinne, and Tyler all have August birthdays, so this was a fun month for everyone! We started going to the Union Bank Operations Center on Tuesdays, which has been an awesome thing for us! Thank you, Union!
We launched our fall menu in September and oh, my, wow. You would have thought we were giving away winning lottery tickets!! You amazing people came out of NOWHERE for some pumpkin spice! HA! We LOVED meeting SO MANY new faces this month! We served over 300(!!) Pumpkin Spice Lattes this month! WHAT! We also did quite a few events, including our first ever wedding!October
This was our biggest, busiest, most exhausting month to date! We had 19 events OUTSIDE of our normal 5am-11am setup! We were seriously running around like crazy, and it was awesome! We participated in the Bowling Green Harvest Festival, Sparta Day, Port Royal Charter Day, and CHS Homecoming, just to name a few. What a blast October was… I think we’re still recovering!November
We started our online store, and began pre-orders for Thanksgiving! This was such a fun/crazy thing for us! This really allowed us to expand our baking side of things, and it was a blast. However, we quickly learned that we’re outgrowing our tiny home kitchen! We baked what felt like a million pies for Thanksgiving orders, and it was awesome! We took some time off for Thanksgiving, and it was a much needed break!December
December is a little bit of a short month for us with our little Christmas break, but that’s not stopping the fun! Our Winter menu has been in full force, and it’s been seriously fun. We introduced 4 new drinks and several new baked goods. We also had a fun little photo shoot and everyone pretty much fell in love! Ha!We also had our Christmas Party this month! Oh man, what a BLAST it was to have so many of you hang out with us for the evening – ugly sweaters and all! This was the PERFECT way to end December, and all of 2015!
Whew, reading this post just makes me so content. We have seriously accomplished SO MUCH in one year, and it’s all because of YOU. We’re thankful to have such encouraging, supportive, and overall amazing people to hang out with every single day. AND, this post just makes me SO excited for what 2016 has in store! Can you imagine 2016’s “end of the year” blog post? I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s going to be like.
We’re SO EXCITED to be back in action on January 4th! We’ve missed you all!!