For those of you not fortunate enough to live close to me in Central Virginia, you may be unawares and the very bizarre Winter-Spring Weather we've been having. Truth be told it would seem that the entire planet is experiencing absurd weather patterns. Maybe climate change is a thing after all?
Regardless, this past Saturday was a true Winters Market. Friday before the market we experienced what was predicted to be a "light" snowfall, which ended up becoming around a foot of total fluffy stuff. With the temperature actually staying above freezing all day, the snow still managed to stick and stack until as I was finishing up getting ready for the market at around midnight, I was looking at a full foot, with snow still falling.
Stoked! I couldn't wait to set my booth up in snow and start making snow angels in front of the bar. Maybe an occasional snowball could be thrown to get a customer to come over and talk to me, that works right? Well as it turned out, with the temperature staying literally just above freezing the whole night, I instead show up to set up with no snow on the ground, merely visible in the treetops across the park. Sigh. Fingers crossed for one more snowfall this season, maybe it'll stick around, though the following day we were looking at mid 60s.
My sweet spot with the IX Art Wall as a backdrop (Handmade bar is holding up and I continue to find cool ways to make it more effective. This week I installed a non viewable shelf, critical)
Nevertheless dedicated market goers continued to walk past and.... Drumroll....... I was able to operate on a net profit! In businessy terms I've been told they call it operating "in the black" I've been telling everyone "in the green", I mean I'm a cash only business it makes sense to me.
After all the ingredients, jars, and vendor fees I was actually able to calculate a profit! Granted, the profit wasn't quite enough for my celebratory beer later on in the evening, but that's what my day job is for! For being my third week of operations I couldn't be more stoked that this experiment works.
I did ultimately decide to take a full time day job to support this venture. Luckily my friends at Snowing In Space Coffee Co are at terms with my relative nomadic tendencies and have let me start tending their bar on a frequent basis. This should allow me to start investing more in Solar Granolar, specifically the solar equipment.
Hopefully this positive trend of business will continue! There's only 2 more weekends left for the Winters Market. If you haven't had the chance to come hang out with me yet please do! Would love to see you, and there might be a treat waiting for you... just sayin, perks of being a business owner.