A LOT has happened since that last post in August, and the title of this post, "Time is Precious" has a multitude of meanings for me. First and foremost, as you can tell from the picture, I lost someone very dear to me, my sweet Grandad. My Grandy passed away a few years ago, and he was never the same. afterwards They were 55 year partners, and it became apparent very quickly that Grandad would never, and could never be the same without Grandy. After just a few short years of declining health, we lost him just a few weeks ago. Right in the midst of my crazy, hectic schedule with this flourishing business, my whole reality came crashing down, forcing me to stop, take a breath, and deal with a loss that I had not mentally prepared myself for. I have loved this man for 25 years, and he has been the epitome of the perfect male role model in my life. He supported every decision I ever made, and he cared for me, his only Grandaughter, more deeply than I could have ever imagined. It has made me feel that even on those days when I am covered in flour, crying at 3am and just wanting to give up, I cant. And I won't. I will love and miss him terribly, and use him as yet another inspiration to move forward and continue to (God-willing) be prosperous with my business.
Time is also precious to me in a WHOLE different way, now that I am OFFICIALLY opening up a retail storefront bakery at the beginning of December! Thats right, the little bakery that I said would happen 17 million years down the road is actually happening in JUST. ONE. MONTH. Time is precious alright, and so are permits, applications, lease agreements, renovations and menu preparation. My little bakery, which will be located at 1247 1st Street, right in the heart of downtown Sarasota, is going to be an everyday retail space for my mini treats, including coffee and some other unique concoctions! I cannot WAIT to open my doors to the city of Sarasota and meet my customers on a daily basis! Let the (quick) planning begin!
Lastly, time has been precious to me in simply trying to manage my large volume of orders and events that I have on a daily and weekly basis. Instead of trying to rundown (and probably bore you) with a list of every event and order that I have done in the past two months, I have decided instead to delight your visual palate with a photo display of some things I have done so far this Fall! I hope you enjoy, and I promise, it will NOT be two more months until you hear from me again (I hope......).
Lots of Sweet Love!