Thursday, October 13, 2011

On the brink...

The brink of what, we do not know.

Well, what has been anticipated for at least a year now is finally happening. The long time we've had to grow accustomed to the fact has in no way decreased how surreal it is.

My coffee shop (read: well, anyway, the one I work at) is closing. I've spent hours upon hours in the office over the past few days designing and wording signs for the doors, printing up an e-mail update list for patrons wanting to follow up on where we'll be opening/selling next, writing thank-you letters to all of our business relations. . .You never know just how connected you are, I guess, until you try to close your store. What started as a list of maybe ten people I ought to write letters to swiftly grew to, oh, I should think at least two dozen. Everyone from the company that delivers our donuts, to the representative who furnishes us with bowls and cups and other containers, to the mailman, to the senior centers we donate un-sold donuts to, to the local organizations we have had circulating coupons among their clients. . .

And, oh, breaking the news to the customers. . .I can't count how many times I've said or written, "We will be closing our doors for the last time on November 27th. Thank you very much for your business, etc." and then the commiserating and condoling with each and every person who is newly surprised and dismayed with varying degrees of sincerity.

It's a downer. I've even lost sleep the last few nights because my brain wouldn't stop buzzing with ideas and to-do lists.

The news isn't all bad, though. The company is going to be opening up a drive-through coffee venue at a gas station that they also own. (Read: extremely low overhead.) So I'll still have a job. And I think it's going to be pretty exciting to be involved in the launching of this venture.

You know how everybody stereotypically hates their bosses? Not me. No way. I work for the best people ever. Even with all the job uncertainty of the last year and the unhappy work to be done now in closing the store, there is nowhere I would rather be.