Friday Chat & (Business Updates!)

Hey my friends!  Another disappearing act from me!  Let me tell you all about what we’ve been up to.  Last week we went on vacation to Stone Harbor, New Jersey – one of my favorite places in the world.  We were with all twelve members of my family, and spent the week jumping waves at the beach, lounging in the pool, and eating far too much ice cream.  It was pretty much perfect.

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And since we came back into town, life has been pretty nuts.  First off, we are catching up from a week away, which is wonderful but always hard too.  And second, the boys have two weeks off school, which is again FUN but oh man – we are so busy!  I am trying to soak up these two weeks with them both at home while enjoying the last few moments of summer.

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Which brings me to – business updates!  The kombucha market is bumpin, and we are pretty much running an all-day marathon most days to keep up.  I haven’t talked about business stuff here in a while, so let me fill you guys in!

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I guess I’ve been so out of touch lately that I didn’t even tell you about our Kickstarter campaign – OOPS!  The good news is that it was fully funded, and so we will be launching a home delivery service within the Seattle area next month.  REALLY exciting!  We are so pumped to be able to bring our kombucha directly to our customer’s doorsteps.  This allows us to offer a significantly reduced price (40% less than retail!), direct access to 0ur product, and it also drastically reduces our footprint.

The Kickstarter is over now, but if you want to watch our awkward video and see my intense Resting Bitch Face, you can check it out here.  Also, if you live in the Seattle area and are interesting in our delivery service, you can still sign up as a subscriber directly through our website.

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Outside of that whole arm of our business, the retail side is growing every day.  We are in over 100 locations in Washington now, and we just finally got into our first store in Portland too (Caffe Vita in Alberta!) – hurrah!  We have two employees now, and Casey and I are both working a million hours each week on it too.  And we’ve had a few cool local press features recently – one in 425 Magazine, and another video spot on King 5 News!

Also, some new places we are in now that I might not have told you about:

  • All Washington Haggen grocery stores
  • All Caffe Vita & Cafe Fiore locations (including PDX & Olympia!)
  • Two Tartes Cafe (Georgetown)
  • Royal Drummer Cafe (Ballard)
  • Cloud City Coffee (Maple Leaf)
  • Seattle Yoga Lounge (Greenlake)
  • No Bones Beach Club (Ballard)
  • Mighty-O Donuts (Capitol Hill)
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Cap Hill & Downtown)

And more that I’m not currently thinking of!  I haven’t talked a ton about the business here, for a few reasons.  One, while I am so SO grateful for all of your support – especially local readers! – I want to be really careful to not rely on blog support for our business.  That was a big reason I didn’t even announce it here for almost a year – it’s a totally separate, independently successful venture!  And also, I don’t want to bore you guys to death.  It’s a huge part of my daily life, but I don’t know how interesting it is to the outside world.  So you guys tell me!  For today, here’s a snapshot of my involvement in the business on any given week:

This past week was really busy.  We flew back on Saturday from New Jersey and arrived late that night.  Sunday morning Graham got up at 2:45am because his body was on Eastern time.  That day instead of unpacking and recovering, I worked our Fremont Market booth (because our regular employee was on vacation) from 11am to 5pm, and hoped I didn’t look too insanely sleepy.

On Monday, I hung out with the kids all morning and then the minute they went down for naps, I headed out for four hours of deliveries on the Eastside (because our delivery driver was also on vacation!).  Then I labeled bottles until midnight after they went to sleep.  On Tuesday, I spent the afternoon doing more deliveries all over South Seattle.  On Wednesday, I went to the production facility during naptime (while Casey worked at home), and I did lots of bottling because we had orders to fill!  And then I came home and labeled bottles for a few hours while I caught up on Bachelor in Paradise. 

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And this morning, I spent most of my morning delivering to Safeco Field (I still think that’s so cool!), and all of this evening labeling bottles to get ready for next week.  Can you tell my brain is fried?

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It is so fun and so rewarding, but it is such hard work.  It’s the kind of work that gets me excited, that sends me leaping to my phone when I hear a new order come in, and that also leaves me totally ragged at the end of the day.  But it’s also really fun to have something like this that Casey and I do together.  It’s been a learning experience (understatement) to figure out how to be business partners along with husband and wife, and we are very guilty of letting business trickle into our home life more often than not.  But we are also both really excited about all the possibilities and hopes we have for the future – both for our family and for our business!

So anyway – that’s what we’ve been up to here!  I try not to wish the time away, but I’m looking forward to a few weeks from now when school is back in session (can you believe Seattle schools don’t start until September 12th??), we are in a better routine, all employees are back in action, and we have no weekend plans until Thanksgiving.

Fall has arrived in Seattle – it’s 65 degrees here and I absolutely love it.  I’m breaking out the jeans and jackets, and ready to make giant pots of soups and stews.  We are headed out this weekend for one last summer adventure before it’s officially over.  Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend, and I’ll see you here next week!