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The sign painter was still working on the windows at 8 last night. I guess he didn't go to the fireworks either. Tom and I were making lists.


The soft opening date is now Wednesday. The city signed off Thursday afternoon, thank goodness. We started moving the packaging and shipping materials in Friday, the day the storage shelves were installed. More stock will be moved and organized today and tomorrow.

We were lucky with the Cadillac - the horrible noise it was making when the fan ran was caused by some trapped leaves. It cools perfectly. The A/C man just finished up Saturday morning, so even if the Cadillac had needed more work, the chocolate would have been cool enough. It's a relief that the case is running quietly though!

Our son-in-law took plenty of footage to make a good short film about the factory that we'll run in a loop on the TV. In the meantime, Tom set up a slide show of shots of his trips to Africa. We'll alternate that with the film when Martin finishes editing it. We're running the video off a MacMini tucked away in a cabinet. I spent too much time trying to choose a sound system - and finally decided to take my iPod dock in for the time being. I won't be home much anyway.

Even our grandsons are helping.


Tom, meanwhile, is still perfecting the fudge, and Luis and Josefina are working full-speed on the regular stock. Hundreds of people are coming to the party on Saturday night, and we're offering a free chocolate to every Splash customer, so we'll need plenty.

It's been a long haul - we are so fortunate that the whole family is pitching in. Here we are having pizza at the shop Friday night.

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Comment by SU on August 4, 2009 at 5:57pm
Wow, great insight into the nuts and bolts of opening a shop. Will have to make a visit when I move back California at the end of the year. Hope your first month went well!
Comment by Eve on July 10, 2009 at 12:02am
Thanks! We opened quietly at 11 AM today and had a pleasant day. The street traffic was much greater than we anticipated and for a soft opening, it was a very successful.
Comment by Ilana on July 7, 2009 at 3:36pm
lovely. great memories for those cute kids!1
Comment by Andre Costa on July 6, 2009 at 6:51am
Exciting!!!

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