I am certain that I'm not the only business owner who's emotions have gone from zero to 100 mph in 0.2 seconds with uncertainty, then to excitement of doing business in a whole new fresh way, then back to uncertainty then to confusion and then an abrupt halt when $h*t gets real! 🤔😢😜🙌😢🤷♀️
This has been my experience since March 14th when I had 15 event orders cancel in 1 weeks time.🤦♀️ Most of my close friends know that I've been considering not renewing my lease the end of May because things were not where I wanted them to be and I felt I had taken this business as far as my skills could. But along the way, my heart couldn't come to terms with giving up, so I hired a business coach back in January. Through the pandemic, I had decided that if the business can sustain this struggle then we would come out stronger on the other side, right? 🙌👏 So, i used the downtime to begin re-branding and updating my business plan because this was thought to be temporary closure. I mean why not use this downtime that I would have never other wise get, right!?🤷♀️
So, now we're in month of April, working online orders only. Definitely not enough to sustain the business. Thinking about the long term repercussions this pandemic is ALREADY having on businesses in general.🤦♀️ Accepting things for what they are. Praying for direction. RENEW MY LEASE or NOT. 👏Now in the month of May pressure is on. Praying for a HARD decision that would give me certainty in my direction is ALL I asked for. I could either make a clean break by scaling back my business or RISK losing my entire business if I'm not able to pivot in a BIG way to save my business.😯 In reality, I knew I would make it to August but beyond that lied lots of uncertainty.
Later I spoke to my business neighbor, Fur Baby Pet Grooming, she was interested in acquiring the space and right then I knew, this is my HARD answer.👀 Do not block someone else's blessing. Her business has prospered during this Pandemic and doing what's best for me is giving her an opportunity to grow her own business.😊 I can't tell you the weight lifted off my shoulders after the conversation with Sheriese. I was overly excited for her and I've never felt better about the decision to scale back my business and reevaluate the direction and potential new location for us.
So my husband and I decided to not renew this location for the time being. Instead we will be closing Love Sweet Things Bakery physical location and keeping our online store until we can find the right location that suits our needs. I served so many of you all when I first started this business as a home based business and lots of you continued supporting us after opening our bricks and mortar business and I hope that you all continue trusting us to serve you as we shift directions once again.
I look forward to continuing serving you in a whole new way!
Peace & Kindness,
Love Sweet Things Bakery Team
"Accept What Is, Let Go of What Was, And Have Faith In What Will Be."