Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Many Happy Birthdays At Little Buddy

Before we opened the store we went shopping at various antique and used furniture stores looking for, trays, platters, coffee tables and a few other items of display. I found a small coffee table for real cheap that I liked, which happened to have a photo taped to it. I was so busy at the time I didn't get a good look at the photo but I knew that I wanted to keep it.

When we opened the store in August in my haste I took the photo and put it on our community wall, again without looking closely at the photo (it was very hectic at the time). A customer was admiring the photo and noticed that the table that the cake was situated on was the actual table in the store. It's incredible but it must be the original owner having a birthday cake for her daughter's first birthday. What an omen for a bakery to display such a sentiment. I only hope we have years of customers buying birthday cakes for their children, spouses, friends etc and maybe one day someone in an antique store will find a photo of a birthday celebration with one of our cakes being enjoyed.

Monday, January 11, 2010

It's Funky Donkey Time

Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I last blogged. As you can imagine the holiday season at the store took lots of my energy and time and left little in the tank for anything extra. It's also a real challenge to find something to write about other than the business since I am here for so many hours. Plus it's hard to separate the business from blog. More specifically for the blog I'd like to be real honest but maybe from a business standpoint that is not the best thing? That's a round about way of saying that the last few months have been real challenging. This was not the best economic climate to start a new business and we have to work so hard to overcome the fact that people are being careful with their money.

With that said last night I had one of those moments a parent wishes for. I was in my bedroom watching the end of the crazy Packers vs. the Cardinals playoff game while waiting for Jack's bath to get ready. Jack came into to the room and put on the ipod on Jill's night stand and found an obscure song called "It's Funky Donkey Time" by the extremely talented and funky drummer Bernard Purdie. Bernard has played with James Brown, Aretha Franklin and a host of other notables, being one of the most recorded drummers in history. Check out his drumming on Rock Steady one of the coolest drum beats ever.

Well something about the song clicked with Jack and he kept playing it over and over again (safe estimate a dozen times) while dancing and jumping on the bed. The song put us both in a great mood, it was a good way to end the day. Jack said how much he loved the song and how good Bernard was on the drums. Unfortunately the way he put it was "Daddy he's a great drummer, better than you. I like your drums too but this is so good". Well I have to admire his honesty and his knowledge of music because frankly Purdie is much better than I ever was or will be. I just had to agree with Jack and be glad that we shared this moment, my son has good taste in music and I got to see the end of a wild football game. It doesn't get any better than that.