We are 1 year old! Feels like a long time and yet, we are still a baby. The past year has been very crazy but rewarding for us.
We were named in Guymon Daily Herald’s 2011 Best of the Best. Readers voted us as Best New Business, Best Coffeeshop and Best Coffee . The Guymon Chamber of Commerce awarded us Best Small Business of the Year based on our business model, giving to community and innovative practices. Online, reviewers generously complimented our service and high quality products.
Doing business in a town like Guymon is a challenge and entailed a huge learning curve. Due to its location, supplies are harder to access and know-how and expertise may not necessarily be available locally. As a result, an astute business owner needs to learn to plan ahead and also to expect the worst scenario. When our filtered water started leaking, we figured out a way to deliver lattes to perfection while trying to not swimming in water. When our display case went out, we immediately changed our selection of baked goods to accommodate non-refrigerated food items. When our drive thru window broke, we offered an opportunity to meet our customers face-to-face in the shop. One of our biggest learnings, however, is that it is not the hardships that defined us, but, how we met those challenges head-on and re-defined them as opportunities. And, we are still learning.
Another thing that we realized is that Guymon is a generous community and its people have constantly been there to support us. We cannot forget the willingness of our community to help. A day before opening, my friend Stephanie Babb was drenched in water hand-washing each and every dish and silverware. When we ran out of take-out containers. Hunny’s willingly provided us with some of their own supplies. During our first week, we ran out of space in our refrigerators, Marla’s offered space in theirs. When Sno Shack knew that we needed some cup sleeves, they gave us some. After our first big snowstorm, the Wrights brought their truck over to plow our driveway. When we needed help getting our plumbing done, the Kalms readily worked with Mc Michael’s Plumbing to get our equipment hooked up. Sparks Electric came immediately when we needed additional outlets installed. Sergio Alvidrez brought his power tools one day and cut the over grown tree branches blocking our drive thru. There is a long list of people who have been there to offer their support and we cannot thank them enough (and, I apologize if I missed anyone). This definitely includes our morning coffee groupies, our lunch patrons, our wifi gang, our afternoon quadruple shot buddies, our magic and scrabble gamers and our dinner dates.
Finally, I am blessed to work with the best Crew in the world. Our team has worked through the kinks of opening a store and numerous laminated checklists. They have stormed through the “rushes”. They have learned to make incredible food and drinks. Above all they have taught me how to appreciate life everyday because of their willingness to share their gifts and talents.