The Sweet Meadow

interiors

Why aren't we open yet?

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My nephew was my first customer X

My nephew was my first customer X


 
Obstacles do not block the path; they are the path.
— Chinese proverb
 

I've been asked this question so often since we had our launch party on September 30. Believe it or not, I don't find this annoying at all. I love it! It means there are people out there who are interested in what we are doing. 

I've been so transparent throughout this whole process which is the reason why I didn't block up the windows with newspaper like so many new businesses do when they are setting up. I want people to see the progress. I want people to stop and ask us what's going on. I want people to get excited about the space. 

It's been almost two weeks since the launch and we still haven't served our first customer. Why? It's all about the kitchen! It was only yesterday that our final two pieces of equipment arrived - the display fridge and the freezer. These items need to be on, working and storing food at the correct temperatures before I can invite local Council in for the final kitchen inspection. Same goes for the cool room, which was getting lots of attention from the refrigeration mechanic yesterday.

We are almost there! We plan on doing some dress rehearsals with friends and family as early as this Friday. I would love to get a day of trade in before our scheduled days off next week (we are closing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays initially) but I'm trying to relax and take each day as it comes. 

See you soon!

Love this image of the cottage by  @sisters.in.bloom . Lots of people told me if I leave plants outside overnight they would get stolen. I left two buckets of flowers out the front for two days and only one bunch has been taken. I'm surprised!

Love this image of the cottage by @sisters.in.bloom. Lots of people told me if I leave plants outside overnight they would get stolen. I left two buckets of flowers out the front for two days and only one bunch has been taken. I'm surprised!

 

 

Video - The Launch

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Had I not created my whole world, I would have certainly died in other people’s.
— Anais Nin

This is The Sweet Meadow! What a blur the last few weeks have been.

I finished up at my former workplace on September 28, and just two days later, had a launch party for my friends and family. I had no intention of opening the cafe straight after, the launch was really just a way to stop and appreciate the huge effort that lots of people made to get this project off the ground.

There are still bits and pieces that need to be tweaked - lighting, shelving, storage, furniture. It's happening. Scroll down for some snaps from the night, or check out more here

Big thank you my ex-colleague Chris Hawking for doing a stellar job on this video.

Video - The Renovation III

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Definitely feeling the pressure these last couple of weeks. The transformation at the cottage is massive - amazing what a fresh coat of paint does for the space!

She's finally transforming into what I envisioned the first day I stepped inside back in December 2015. Some of the more intricate paint work is being finished this week, along with external painting and flooring.

At this rate we'll be moving the plants in by the weekend! Check out the video for an update on the renovation.