Hello, real food lovers. At long last, we can say with confidence that Good to Go takeout restaurant will be opening this summer.
Every day it feels more real, and I am beaming with anticipation. The dream, so powerfully specific, is coming into laser focus, more so than a health food joint in Cherry Valley, New York, in 2016 might ever have expected.
Looks good so far, doesn’t it? The appliances fit VERY cozily on one side. On the other side, hot and cold water is running to a stunning array of sinks.
Meanwhile, our logo is “about to pop,” and the final push to sell the last 53 shares begins now.
Here’s what we need to open our doors:
- a backsplash
- floor sealant
- an 8′ X 2′ edged, hinged counter
- a cash register
- a coffee/condiment station
- starting inventory
Five thousand dollars is a serious sum, but it’s not insurmountable. Compared to the total investment so far (two years of our lives, a $22,000 vote of confidence by the county, and 40 individual shareholders), selling the last 50 shares (out of the original 200) becomes manageable. And it has to happen in the next couple of weeks.
Looking, briefly, at the demographics of our shareholders so far:
- 28 owners of a single share
- 5 couples that have bought 2 shares
- Nationally, we have shareholders (not all of them family, LOL) in these states; Maine, North Carolina, New Jersey, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, Texas, and California
- *NEW* Internationally, I’d like to welcome Jasmine Hatami, a brilliant artist (and our daughter’s namesake), who resides in London, and has been a class act in my heart since 1978
- Foremost, Sonia Sola of Nectar Hills Farm, my favorite farm in the world. Sonia planted this dream in me, so “¡Of course!” it will flourish beautifully
- In Cooperstown, we have heavyweights Rog & Dot Smith of Spurbeck’s, and the smart and soulful Angelica Palmer of Green Circle Accounting
- Our talented and beautiful friend Vickie Whicker in Burlington Flats
- Three wonderful women and mothers in the Roseboom area: Maureen Newman, Donna Harnett (buying another share in April, TY!), and Mrs. (Mary) Robinson
- Springfield Town Supervisor Bill Elsey and family
- *NEW* Jim Wolff, not afraid to put his local money where his mouth is, representing Fly Creek (with thanks to Sam Ross for the post that helped it happen)
- Just nine, unfortunately, in Cherry Valley, counting one who is no longer here, again, unfortunately, but will surely visit. Other beloved Chervillian shareholders are Bill Issac, Kathy Minnig, Shirley Shue, Karen and Charlie Kremer, Ken Clark, Cody Alabach, Emy and Rich Frasca, Harriet Spear, and the devoted Dr. Michael Geci
I’m counting on folks here to buy food from me, of course, so I’ll give them a break, but it sure would be nice if some of the folks that promised to join us “eventually” would do so now. If you know anyone in this considerable crowd, please encourage them to buy a share, or share a share with someone.
Please remember, we will be doing the paperwork for everyone, so it isn’t something you, or they, will have to worry about at all. We’ll send the tax form for your profits (schedule K-1) with your annual share-of-the-profits check. Also, please remember the biscotti and grass-fed jerky (and probably lots of other things) are very mail-able.
As for me, I see my future, deliciously unbounded, and look forward to making bodies smile strongly for years to come.
In Food I Trust,