Wow, what a crazy 4 months it has been! These have been some of the most satisfying and exhausting days we have ever experienced. When we became business owners it took over most of our lives. Honestly it’s hard to remember what life was like before we opened the brewery. As I was walking along the dikes of Pitt Lake it struck me that I hadn’t felt that kind of peace and calm in many months. The break gave me some space for perspective and a chance to reflect on what I’ve learned in the last four months.
1. We really didn’t know what we are doing. The learning curve has been steep and while we are getting more of a routine and streamlining some processes, everyday comes with new challenges. I think the most stressful part for me is not knowing what I don’t know. For example, did you know that there is only one bank open on Sunday is Maple Ridge and it isn’t open until 11am? This may not sound like a big deal but when you have run out of twoonies and loonies on Saturday night it’s a bit of a panic to try to scrounge together some change to get you through the first hour of business on Sunday. Luckily we had a change jar at home we could raid
2. I was happily surprised about how popular our events have been. Candle making, our first arts and crafts event, wasn’t even something I planned on doing. I happened to be walking by Kleem Candle Market on my way back from talking to a yoga studio about doing yoga at the brewery and I thought “why not?”. It turned out to be a huge hit. We tend to sell out our events within a couple days which is awesome. I like the idea of having a place for people to hang out and play together.
3. The fastest way to learn something is when you are thrown in the deep end and have to figure out how not to drown. Kevin was always the photographer and much more proficient at social media but when we opened the brewery he was busy brewing the beer and someone had to step in and take over the marketing role. It’s definitely been a learning process for me and there is still tons for me to learn but I’m proud of how far I’ve come in such a short time. My picture taking skills are even improving and I’m even starting to enjoy it.
I’d say one of my strongest attributes for opening this business is that I’m not afraid to try something new. Some ideas are going to fly and some are going to tank…but how else am I going to learn?