Hello again and Happy New Year! My 2 month absence from Lovescool has been due to long days spent making tea and cookies, counting cash registers and cleaning floors at the new store. I have been working 18 hours a day, 7 days a week, but now that the holidays are over things have quieted down. The past few months at the store have been great. The customers are wonderful- we have many regulars, some celebrities and a few tourists (mostly from Hotel 17 down the road, which seems to attract really cool international travelers), which have made things fun. There is so much to say about the past few months, but I don’t want to bore anyone with a long essay, so I thought I would make lists. It’s a fun and simple way to start the new year, which is how I hope all of 2008 goes.
Best Things About Owning a Bakery
1. Unlimited, free warm drinks in the winter.
2. Talking to the neighborhood regulars.
3. Having a place to create anything you can imagine, and then immediately offer it to the public.
4. Feeling like you’re contributing to the world.
5. Having a staff that makes you laugh all of the time.
Most Difficult Things About Owning a Bakery
1. Working 18 hours a day, 7 days a week.
3. Unlimited, free coffee (I can handle tea, but the coffee makes me crazy)
4. Using bleach and industrial strength soap to wash everything, which makes your hands look like sandpaper.
5. Finding enough good employees.
Best Moments at the New Store
1. Getting our new sign. I feel official now.
2. Seeing all of the little, cute kids wrapped up from head to toe for winter.
3. The first time we met our daily sales goal.
4. Tasting new products Sara makes for us.
5. Hearing customer compliments, and knowing that no matter what happens, at least we opened and made something good.
Low Points at the New Store
1. Someone stealing a tea pot full of tips Christmas weekend (yes, the whole tea pot).
2. Grafitti “artists” etching into the glass in our main store window.
3. Refrigerators dying, and then having a refrigerator repair man come and charge $400 for less than 1 hour of “work”.
4. Having the oven catch on fire, then having the Bowery guys replace it with one that sounds like a lawnmower.
5. Sitting through quiet days when everyone in town is on vacation.
Amai Customer Favorites
1. Pear Ginger and SouthHampton tea blends
2. Lattes with Counter Culture Espresso Toscano
3. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
4. Green Tea Cupcakes
5. Tea Sweet Canisters and Gift Boxes
6. Sweet Potato Conversation Tarts
7. Homemade Croissants
8. Pear Muffins
9. Steamed Green Tea & Red Bean Muffin
10. Earl Grey & Currant Scones
My Amai Favorites
1. Chocolate Pudding
2. Croissants (our baking crew makes them from scratch in the store, it’s awesome!)
3. Hot Chocolate with a shot of Espresso Toscano
4. Shisho Sencha
5. Cocoa Chestnut Cakes
Happy New Year to everyone. Thank you for your support over these last 3 years, I couldn’t have done it without you.