New Bike Touring Fund Raiser for our Store
Then I received a phone call that the owner of the Juice Bar back home in League City, Texas decided she was done with her business and was shutting it down. Unfortunately our store depended on the Juice Bar paying half of the lease for the newly acquired commercial space. So, did it feel like I went on a nice vacation to refresh and recharge? Absolutely not! As soon as I could I was forced to pack up all my bike touring gear and return home to help find a solution to keeping our six year strong organic food co-op business going. There's a reason our little store has been so successful for the past several years and that reason's name is Lisa Piper.
It was difficult to not be angry with former juice bar owner's sudden decision after attending a week long spiritual retreat where it seems that she "drank the kool aid" and the lack of consideration of her effect on her business lease partner and family. So, yeah I was pissed off and after the saw dust settled Lisa told me about her solution to help cover the lease by renting out the commercial kitchen to our local vendor product suppliers. But we still had to figure out a way to make use of the rest of the old juice bar space.
Photo at left shows the stackable creates in the bike trailer (which I got a lot of use from for these tasks) and can be used to fit inside of coolers to store and keep produce fresh overnight. By the way, if you're looking for some cordless power tools for around the house or even somewhat industrial use I have a huge fond appreciation for any of the Milwaukee M12 line of tools, especially the recently acquired hammer drill after burning out the chuck and motor of my old drill.
I replaced all three poorly made tables from particle wood and cheap trim with some elegantly funky upcycled pallet wood.
After I got them all installed for use in the newly acquired cafe space we received a lot of complements from folks who probably got tired of reading those previously described silly messages on the old tables.
While putting this post together first thing this morning I received a call from the store that another one of our staff has had to give her two weeks notice as she simply needs a better wage. It's just a reminder of how the inconvenience of the former juice bar owner's behavior and the forced buy out effected our funds in such a way that we are unable to offer better pay to our much valued staff. So, with that I can make first mention of our fundraising bike tour with a link to our GoFundMe page.
It's important to mention that given the angst created on behalf of other folks' decisions and actions the former juice bar owner continues to be a loyal customer and supporter of our business. It wasn't about us or our business why that person made the choices she did. And all the while Lisa received many complements over the past several months in regards to how well she has been handling it all. I will be conducting a nice long bike tour visiting organic farms, gardens and co-ops in an effort to raise funds for our store's co-op garden and cafe. I have just recently put together a GoFundMe Campaign for our store's continued efforts to serve the community. For more information about all that the Natural Living Country Store and Cafe does here use any of the underlined links in this post or use new widget below.
Looking forward to honing my bike and blog skills as a means of providing a meaningful and significant contribution to our Store's funding effort. So far I have been realizing how much work it is to put such a campaign together and the logistics of bike touring while working. Very different than simply putting together a bike touring vacation where it's much more of a recreational activity than an electronic gadget filled effort of blogging and posting to social media. Anyhow, look forward to more posts regarding bicycle touring route and establishments along the way. I have no doubt despite all the hard work and effort I will still be able to enjoy myself. : )