So it came to an end… quickly.
The last blog entry was more than 6 months ago, about us putting up a stall at a food park. Unfortunately, we couldn’t sustain our stay there. We were only able to ride the wave for some weeks, and then it started dying down. We could say, the time we posted that blog was almost the beginning of the end.
We absorbed losses, as we didn’t want to give it up early. We are a start-up after all, with a long-term vision for the company. We tried ways to promote not just our stall of course, but the food park. But ultimately, we caved in, upon the conclusion that holding on wasn’t worth it anymore. And yes, we recognize that we also had shortcomings.
Did we make the wrong decision? You can comment below! But, here’s a list of the things that made the attempt worth it.
- The first time experience – it was our first stationary shop, and naturally, first encounters happened. From hiring to operations to shutdown, not all of them were pleasant, but good experiences to learn from.
- Knowing a few good baristas – we were very fortunate to hire baristas that were quite honest and hard-working. One reason we held on to the shop was because we didn’t want them to lose their jobs. We’re keeping the connection of course, and hopefully when we rise again, we can get them back onboard.
- Developing our menu – with help from the baristas, we were also able to develop our menu, and expand our supply options. Have you tasted our drinks at the shop? Give your feedback below.
- Gaining a few more followings – we received great feedback from a few people and we felt their well wishes for us. In a consumer-driven business, it’s really comforting to see the same people coming back. If any one of you is reading this, we are sorry to disappear!
- Meeting new people – as in many experiences, it’s the people encountered that make them all the more worth it. We didn’t just gain new connections, but friends! With them we shared opinions, ideas, connections and opportunities, on top of supporting each other. Thanks to one new friend for example, we were able to set up for the first time at a wedding.
We may make the right or wrong decision, but it’s what we do while at it and after it that is important. Perhaps the key to no regrets is learning and its application. What’s next for us? You’ll know later. The dream is still alive!
The featured image at the top is a farewell photo during our last day of operation, February 28, 2018. Thought we could just shower ourselves with coffee as a goodbye, ha!
Also… the food park as a whole has just closed, less than 1 year since its opening. So…