things have been spinning along here, as usual. i wanted to take a break from the silence and let you know a little bit of what is 'actually' happening on this side of things.
i don't know how many of you out there have ever purchased/rented a commercial property. it is quite the process, as i'm learning. while this process is exciting (i mean, we are talking location, people!) it can also be very daunting. each door i walk through, there are ten more waiting.
the city of austin requires "x: amount of parking spaces per square foot of guest area. this parking must also have "x" amount of handicapped spaces and "x" amount of entrances and ramps into the business. there is also a lengthy list of requirements regarding bathrooms, and flooring materials, and ceiling materials and electric requirements and etc. all of this sounds common sense, except when the existing structure doesn't feature (any of) what you need.
so what does that mean? it means, as this shop is being molded into what will hopefully become a staple in the austin coffee world, i can't make rash or impatient decisions. my natural tendency is to act on what i think is best and simply plow forward. it doesn't usually work that way in this situation. i have to make sure that whatever decisions are on the table at any given moment, are deliberated from the perspective of longevity and overall best interest of the shop. it means being able to walk away from something that feels like a dream come true, knowing that deep down it wasn't the perfect fit, but so wanting it to be.
and that is where we are at. vintage heart is still (in my mind) on track for spring of 2012 and i am sincerely hoping by the end of this month to be able to unveil some exciting news. until then, here we are. spinning.
hope you are well, lovelies.