How were Christmas and New Year for you? We had a lovely time at The Kitchen with a visit from Santa, a craft morning with Beatrice Holloway, Carols from Reverend Robert and many more seasonal events. Buddy the Elf was perhaps the star of the season becoming a hit on YouTube with his cake making efforts!
Christmas is often thought of in terms of the big day itself but there’s so much more to it than December 25. Likewise, New Year isn’t just the party and the midnight fireworks, but a whole wealth of new opportunities reaching into 2019. Full of resolutions, some a little unrealistic maybe, but also of chances to make changes in our own lives and also the world.
One major resolution Mrs Kitchen has made is to read more. A decluttering afternoon this week revealed a pile of books set aside as important and worth reading or re-reading. Of course there’s plenty to read when scrolling through social media, with its links to blog posts and news articles. And picking up the latest best seller on the Kindle is perfect relaxation now and then. But these books won’t read themselves and their advice and information won’t be absorbed by osmosis!
Deciding to start gently, this morning I read two copies of Engage, the magazine from Entrpreneurs Network. Brimming with great ideas, presented in an accessible form (lots of quotes and photos – which I like!) they have already inspired us to make some of those changes. One thought hit me more than any other though.
“I’m thankful that we entrepreneurs exist, we provide the energy and imagination that’s needed to solve the world’s problems and create exciting developments for everybody to enjoy” James Sinclair, Fitting it all in, Engage July 2018
If I am honest Entrepreneur is not a word I use to describe myself. My Facebook profile says it all “Some say entrepreneur! I say crazy, visionary, untidy, messed up human trying hard to be my best.”
I’m also aware that running a vintage tearoom and celebration cake business isn’t what springs immediately to mind if you set out to solve the worlds problems. We do however work hard to “do our bit” by purchasing products locally, ethically and from sustainable sources wherever we can. We provide employment and training for a number of local people including younger ones, and we aim to create a sense of community for those who live in and around us and give us their valued custom.
For this to continue we must look carefully at what for some people feels like an uncertain year ahead. We know that if you are going to spend hard earned cash you want to be confident you will get good value and a fabulous product or service that will make you and the recipient happy. We constantly strive to improve everything we do and our customers frequently tell us we are doing okay! Check out our Trip Advisor reviews if you’re unsure!
We need to cut costs without compromising on quality. This will mean looking again at ways to reduce waste. We also need to increase our customer base which is where we ask you, our loyal and long standing customers to help us out if you can. Word of Mouth is a powerful marketing tool so please continue to like and share our posts on social media. If you’re able to physically introduce us to someone new by bringing them in for lunch, tea, or an event, that would be wonderful too, thank you!
Whatever this year brings we hope that you enjoy good health, happiness, prosperity and plenty of cake! Oh – and as the subject line and photo suggest we would love to toast 2019 with you. Join us on January 3rd from 9am – 11am for free toast with every hot drink – enjoy!
Until next time.