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Still Following My Bliss...

Over the last 2 months I have watched my adorable little cafe, Simple Bliss, crumble into nothingness... At first I froze... Hopelessness began to temporarily set in... I felt defeated and wondered if all I had worked so hard for was simply a memory... Was I losing this cute cafe???



Perhaps.... what was is definitely but a memory now... a sweet sweet memory of times I will always cherish... I am so proud of what this little cafe became over the years... someday I will locate old pics of when we were first setting it up... transforming from Tahoe Java, my favorite coffee shop into Simple Bliss my creation that changed so much for me.... I have spent the last 6 weeks realizing that it will never be the same... BUT I will not be defeated... Things will certainly change, they already have, what was will never be the same again... But I will push forward... I am still following my BLISS... I will not give up or be defeated!!! I will EVOLVE!!!


I have had all sorts of emotions through out this trying to decided what my next step should be... It was clear pretty quickly that my previous business plan is not feasible in such uncertain times... I have to create a sustainable business that can withstand our current global crisis and shutdown... I knew right away that having customers in such a small space was not going to work... I closed before it was madantory... I can't very well have Keep Tahoe Healthy as my slogan and risk becoming a breeding ground... I just had to step back and process everything... I went about 2 weeks without going into the cafe (or really leaving my house for that matter)... The last year has left me questioning so much... So much loss, so much change... I had a lot to think about and process over the last 2 months...


I have now decided what my plan of action will be for the cafe... For the last couple of weeks I have been completely remodeling... WOW! Things are so different and it has been very emotional for me... Just before everything shutdown I had spent weeks on my new menu... I was so happy, so proud of it... Now the only part of it that will carry forward is the drink menu... I have had to rethink absolutely every aspect of my business... SOOOOOO what does that mean for Simple Bliss??? What lies ahead? What can you expect in the coming weeks, months? Well first off, I do not have a set date to reopen (custom orders welcome though!) NOW for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Simple Bliss will tranform!!! We will no longer open our doors for customers to come inside, but will offer a walk up window. During the warm months we will have limited outdoor seating. This is exciting in many ways!!!! I will miss having customers come hang out and chat with us... BUT we will be offering so many new items!!! (that is still a secret ;P) Simple Bliss will become a quick spot to pop in for a healthy meal, snack or drink. I am hoping it won't be long before we can at least have a soft opening and get some opinions of my new business concept...


Now.... how about a little peak at what I've been doing!?!

At first I made minor changes... positioned grocery items at the door and allowed customers to step inside to shop... I made grocery lists and posted them on social media... I had hoped this would generate some business to get me through... it was a lot of work, with little return...


Then I took my time off and did a lot of thinking... that is when I came up with the take out window idea... It took me awhile to intiate that... and the day we moved the big items like my pastry case!!!! I must admit tears were shed...

These pics show what was once the dining area... now... it is an extension of the kitchen... So different... I have been working for days to pull it together... as you can see it was chaotic...

I have been lucky to have the occassional helper around... Don't know what I'd do without Ocean!!! My kids and even ex-husband have helped a little here and there as well... Friends have lent an ear to listen to my ideas as I work through all of this... I am thankful for all of the support!!! Yesterday I spent the day alone there... For some reason my pics will not load haha so I will have to wait to share those later... Just wanted to give you all a little peak into what is going on behind the scenes as I reinvent Simple Bliss!!! Though there will be many changes, we will still be the healthiest place in town to eat and as always we will remain ORGANIC!!! I'd love to hear any feedback or suggestions you may have at this time and hope you will stay tuned to see what is coming next!!! I made lots of progress yesterday! I am excited to share the pics from that soon!!! Also I can't wait to announce the new items we will be preparing!!! I have been working hard on new recipes and putting my little taste testers to work haha Looking forward to when I can make more announcements and let everyone try my new creations!!!!




For now... I must go enjoy Mother's Day with the kids!!! I think a I hear the forest calling!!!! Time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine with these little cuties!!!


Until next time... Remember... Sometimes we may not have planned to start over, but the Universe gives us no choice and just forces us to... Embrace the change that has been set into place... This is time for all of us to decide what kind of fresh start is in order for our lives... What will you do differently now that you have had time time to reevaluate life and the world in which we live? Will you make changes that will increase your happiness? Will you continue life as usual? I am curious to know how the rest of you are feeling in this time of change and uncertainty...


Happy Mother's Day to all of you amazing Mamas out there! Hope you get pampered today!


Wishing you all a very Blissful Day!!!



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