bad news, good news, bad news, great news

Just wanted to give a brief (ok, semi-brief) update of what has been going on in the land of ota.bars

[bad news] Monday, I started looking more into getting a business license/tax #/LLC for my company name/etc. I soon found out that I need to get a kitchen inspection by the North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture. To make a long story short, NO PETS. Any indoor animal is considered a pest. So our big crazy dog Dakota classifies as a pest which = no granola bar making in my kitchen. What to do!? Rent space & buy an oven..too much $$...try to find a commercial kitchen to use and rent from..unlikely...

[good news] Today, (Tuesday) I heard back from the woman that runs one of our local farmers markets (my favorite in Charlotte) <http://charlottetailgatemarket.com/default.aspx> She (Lynn Caldwell) was very excited about my granola bar venture and said she would love to add me to the list of vendors at the market! Great news!!!! Now, I just need a kitchen...hmmmm

[bad news] Today, I also called some small local/organic catering companies, thinking maybe they could use a little extra money and let me use their space once a week or so. This was not successful. One lady is in the same boat with me..she rents kitchen space, but the place she rents is going out of business in June. So, this was not going to work. I checked craigslist and did multiple google searches, with no kitchen renting luck. LAME!

[great news] Also today, Chris thought to ask one of our favorite people in Charlotte, Eric, if I could get his kitchen inspected and run the biz. out of his place. Being the fabulous person that he is, he said YES! This is extremely fabulous news!! He lives about 1 mile from us in a brand new condo with a great, very clean kitchen. He is gone a lot during the week on business, so I should be able to stay out of his way.

The past 2 days have felt like a week trying to get all of this figured out. I still have to check all the local zoning laws, get the business license, LLC, and then get the inspection. Hoping that all goes as planned I should be up and running hopefully within the month. So, THANK YOU Eric!!! You rock and are now entitled to as many granola bars as you could ever want!

More ota. info coming soon!!

Ashley

5 comments:

mike said...

Awesome - Just wait til tax season! Keep your receipts, the write-offs rule!

It's a long uphill battle, but the reward's worth the risk. Things are finally getting VERY exciting for me after PricePlow's v1.5 launch, and I think it'll be worth all the work!

Natalie said...

Oh my, what a roller coaster! Looks like you're on your way!

Chris said...

I'm going to have to agree with the N.C. Dept. of Agriculture on Dakota being classified as a "pest".

Joe said...

Or you could just add a note to the packaging saying that the bars are processed in a facility that also processes regurgitated sausages...

Amelia Cornwell said...

OMG Ashley I'm so proud of you and your granola-ness! How did I know that granola would be your real career choice!

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