I'm sure you can imagine why it's been quiet here on Heart Felt. We have been in the cafe and trading for a month now. We knew it was going to be hard work but we are really enjoying it. The best part has been making small gradual changes to make the place 'our own'. It's been hard not being able to do everything now, but we make small goals each week and slowly we have been getting there. The local support has been huge and we appreciate their patronage, especially when they keep coming back!
I'm still working part time at the library, so there's only small things I can personally contribute to the running of the cafe. I have been updating our Facebook page regularly, changing the fresh flowers and generally making the place look nice and interesting. The cafe is eclectic with a mix of vintage and retro and slowly adding bits of handmade pieces. It's been fun looking for bits n pieces from the thrift shops too, things like tea cups, cutlery, prints and furniture. We have a new logo in the pipeline, can't wait to see the new signs up ~ can't wait to show you!
The major change we have made has been the front courtyard. We had a pretty frontage, but people would rarely sit out there, they would nearly always head for the back courtyard. But the best advertisement is seeing people sitting out the front watching the world go by while eating and drinking. So we decided to take the fence and garden garden out and open it up. It worked, the first day we had the seating out we had all the tables filled.
The children love coming to the cafe and we want them to feel comfortable when they visit. Usually I find a little job to do and the children draw on the blackboard or play out the back. The novelty certainly hasn't worn off yet.
Work in progress is the new menu ~ we are mainly pizza, but want to offer weekly specials using locally sourced produce and also extend the lunch menu.
You have to have a thick skin I have realised being in this business. The saying 'you can't please everybody' has been used a few times. Sometimes they may not get what you are trying to do or they don't have patience while we try to find our feet and smooth out teething problems ~ but that all seems to go by the wayside when you are overwhelmed by the wonderful comments and encouragement.
So that's us at the moment. If you live near by come in and say hello. Jx