As challenging as the last four years have been, I have consciously surrounded my self with positive people. When I opened the bakeshop, my husband told me to do something I love and not worry if it would make money or not (but of course I would - and should!).
We quietly opened La Patisserie in the heart of Florissant. Many people questioned why but my answer was always why not. They always associated North County as the Hood. But mind you, some of the richest people in Missouri live here. They have a modest home but money in the bank. Numbers never lie.
It took me a year to do my business plan, and 6 months to open. a hundred thousand dollars later, voila!
We opened the store quietly as I did not want a hype. I always had this mindset that the reason why Lamborghini and Porsche don't have advertisements is because the people that buy them don't sit in front of the television. They don't have the time. But they do know where to go. Mind you, as big as our house was growing up, we had only one television and that was in our parents bedroom. TV watching was only every Saturdays and holidays. Highschool, no TV. College, No TV. I only experienced having a 32 inch when I was 24 years old. Yup! Ripley's believe it or not. BUT, we traveled the world and had brunches and afternoon teas in every country we get to. That was our normal. Thus is my goal and then for the bakeshop. SHARE! I can't take everyone to places I have been as it is still in my list to be able to show my husband these place. But the least I could do is share with you the food, the ambiance and the service. From where we come from, customers are always treated like royalty. Imagine my shock when I go to the McDonald's here and I get the feeling that I am doing them a favor by being a customer. Whew!
So having my own place of work gave me the opportunity to see the best people ever. I don't care where they are from, their skin color or what their job is, they are treated with the most basic human value of dignity and respect.
So I thought today would just be another ordinary day. With these terrible colds and allergies, and cough, I basically let the team lead the day. They are fabulous and I cannot ask for better people to work with. As they say, you are only as good as the people you work with. Voila! I now have a head baker, a decorator and a customer service Mademoiselle. And on top of that, My sister is around!
AT exactly 3pm, Jessica, our customer service mademoiselle pointed out to the balloons by the cash register: These are so nice! she said. Huh? I didn't even notice it! (Drugs... Not the narcotic kind lol) in between watery eyes, my husband came in with my son holding several bags of goodies! he prepared spaghetti and meatballs, got some chicken wings and ofcourse, rice from New York Grill. The balloons came from my neighbor at Heartfilled Creations. And after a while, here comes Angela! Waaaaahh I wanted to cry. My beloved customer and neighbor from Wildbirds Unlimited and I get my very very first hummingbird feeder! I was so excited when I got home that I immediately placed it on our deck. And guess what, I also had my very first Ice Cream cake from coldstone courtesy of my head baker, Liezel who works there part time too. It was interesting I must say. but it was good. My sister arranged for a surprise for me before she left for Florida and New Orleans. Love!
Tomorrow will be another day and I will be starting my life as a 47 year old. Life is good. I cannot complain. Thank you Florissant, you are now my home. Thank you St. Louis, to all the people that travel far for brunch and afternoon tea. Thank you Missouri, but no thank you to the allergies you always give me.
Good night world, hello benadryl!Zzzzzzzzzzzz Mercibeaucoup!