It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for a good ol’ serving of Tuck Shop Take Away. Let’s check in with Karina and Clinton and see what they’ve been up as they dream, create and roll their sleeves up to turn their gem of an idea into a business. This week it was all about building headaches, coffee, potatoes and a very welcome surprise!
This week has been full of highs and lows aboard the speeding train that is pulling this incredibly massive project together. It was always going to be a big task, but never more so than this week when we came up against our biggest difficulties to date but managed to round it off in a positive light.
The lows were the pits (literally) with the plumber ending up 1.3m underground surrounded by a mountain of earth after getting information that our grease trap was “no longer compliant” or in plain English not big enough, and we needed to replace it. This was not good news as it doubled the plumbers workload and in turn the bill.
Our electrician also needed to run his wiring behind the wall in the preparation kitchen which required us demolishing the existing walls so the builders could batton them out. This again increased workload and expenses.
So we found ourselves up to our ears in dirt out back and a hole big enough to have a party in, plus more rubble, dust and tiles inside than you could poke a stick at. We were left feeling a bit defeated for the most part. Then our computer, an integral part of research and communication, decided it had had enough also and gave in.
We refused to give up so easily and as the laptop got thrown on top of the pile of rubble we pulled ourselves together, took the bull by the horns and we pushed on.
The less grubby and far more pleasant part of the week was meeting with the lovely Marwin, owner of Monk Bodhi Dharma in St Kilda to talk all things coffee. He’s an incredibly passionate and gentle soul and we were blown away with his excitement for our venture and willingness to help in any way with equipment and supply. With the blissful aroma of his amazing coffee surrounding us, and a freshly brewed one in hand, we chatted about origins and blends and have collectively decided to be bold and go with a rotating single origin.
Later in the week we headed over to the South Melbourne Market to chat to Georgie at Geogie’s Harvest who is the queen of potatoes. From russets to dutch creams, royal blues to kipflers we narrowed it down to two varieties and left with some samples to take with home and get chipping.
The week was rounded up with a surprise Mothers Day trip away. An overnighter at our favorite farm stay in rural Victoria. The hubby gets a massive gold star for this one with it being a much needed break from the chaos.
Oh yeah, it was paired with an eBay pick up though, an old school bubbler for the shop. As perfect a weekend as it was, the Tuck Shop is always a factor in some way or another!
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