Day 11: Worked at the warehouse bottling kombucha for the last time for my senior project! But not the last time for forever, because I will be helping out this summer!
Day 12: Nichole visited!! I split my time between the NW shop and the Sellwood caboose. Got in to the NW shop at 8:30 to see what Laura was up to while she opened. I made myself a gingerbread chai, which was soooo good. The trick with this one is that to sweeten it you use brown sugar and honey instead of white sugar and honey. Nichole came at 9:00 (with her coffee cup in hand) and I introduced her to Laura. We chatted about the tea business and I showed Nichole around the shop. I offered her a two tarts pastry and she chose the peanut butter cookie one. After a successful visit Nichole had to leave to go back to school and I had to head over to the Sellwood caboose to work with Meredith. A fun discovery I made was that we serve kale chips made by Beyonce's guitarist. Pretty cool. I also finally tried a small bowl of the red beans and rice we serve, which I now know tastes awesome.
Last Day: I spent my last day at the Sellwood caboose. Before going in to start my shift I stopped at Grand Central where I got a free chocolate croissant. It was delicious. I manned the shop alone for the day. Basically. Meredith decided that I was almost ready not to have anyone else working with me in the shop, so she had Pree work in the back room for my shift. I was all alone up front! I got to play my own music, take, make, and deliver orders. I answered questions, I answered the phone. I did it all and it felt good. It was nice to feel like I had come so far. Sure I had been left alone in the shop for five minutes every once in a while when my coworker had to use the bathroom, but I did not think that I could work at one of the shops all alone until day 12. Now I know that I was born to. Born to steep tea, plate pastries, listen to mellow music, and talk to interesting people. But actually, it is nice to know that I won't die and the business won't shut down if I am left alone in a shop. So besides what I have learned about tea and kombucha bottling, I have learned a lot about myself. I think one of the more important things I learned is that I want to take business classes in college. It would be nice to own a successful small business, wouldn't it?
Thank you to everyone who made my project possible.