We have been working 20 hours a day to get the store ready, and it’s almost done. I wanted to post more about the experience, but every time I come home I’m so tired I go straight to sleep, or I take time to talk to Andrew about something other than cookies. So many post-worthy things have happened in the past few months, like the time I electrocuted myself on the fuse box, or dropped oil based primer in my eye while painting the ceiling, or hailed a cab with a utility sink in hand, and much more, but sometimes it takes an extra spark to get me to write. That leads me to this week’s adventure – the oven fire.
We moved the equipment in two weeks ago and the electrictian came last week to pull the right plugs and make sure everything was properly powered. The oven was the last thing to hook up. This happened on Tuesday, and by Wednesday we had a problem. The window delivery man came to the store and smelled smoke in the basement, and called our contractor, who called the fire department and told Andrew to go to the store. Andrew ran from Union Square to the store, only to find fire trucks and all of our neighbors standing outside. He called me, and I had a mini heart attack. Losing the store at this point, just before we open, would have been devastating.
The fire department responded immediately and used a special bolt cutter to get into the basement (I appreciate them not breaking the windows or knocking the front door in). They were able to find the fire and extinguish it right away. We have smoke damage to the basement and the oven is a total loss, but at least no one was hurt and the building structure and all other equipment is fine. No one is really sure what happened, but it looks like there was loose wiring in the oven panel that sparked and created the fire. The equipment guys at the Bowery need to find me a new oven, and that may be another adventure in itself.
Other than the oven, things are going very well. The espresso machine was delivered today, and all other major equipment is in and ready to go. I have been busy ordering over 50 varieties of tea from my favorite vendors, along with some new cold drinks for the front. It’s so fun to be able to buy and share other people’s products! We hope to open in September, and I think it’s a realistic goal.
Thank you construction crew, firemen and neighbors for taking care of our store!