Coastal Bend Health Foods is turning TWO!
Wowzers! We're growing up so fast! I can't believe we've been providing healthy goodness for two years already! In honor of this, we're throwing a party! I've been singing and dancing to get ready for the shindig! You're wondering when the party is aren't you? Ok, Ok, I'll tell you ALL about it!
Saturday, August 31st
10:00am - 2:00pm
SMOOTHIES :: LIVE MUSIC :: STOREWIDE SALE
Obviously I'm reflecting on the past two years as this anniversary approaches us. All I can say is thank YOU! Thanks for supporting me when I started this business with about 1/8 (or less) of the products I have now. Seriously, I had three entire shelves dedicated to apple cider vinegar when I first opened. Not because I had so much vinegar but because I had so little of everything else! For those of you that have supported me since day one, I am eternally grateful. For those of you that discovered us last week or anytime past day one, I am eternally grateful. I'm successful, my business is successful and together we have nowhere to go but up and out! I joke that I had a baby in September 2011 but it really isn't too far off. I've dedicated most of my time, energy and funds to this baby of mine and now we're all experiencing the bounty of the harvest. I wouldn't be here without y'all in my corner (and lots of other people that will probably never read this.)
I remember opening this place up. I thought I needed a large loan to have an adequate amount of product to sell. All the lending companies thought I was high risk and only one, Accion Texas, was willing to help me but not near anything I was asking for. Because of this, I truly had to grow organically, with one dollar at a time from my customers. My dad and his friend, Russell, came and built nearly all of my storage. My friend Todd helped me load shelves in downtown Austin at 8am on a Sunday. My mom and step-dad came and did things I didn't even know needed to be done! My husband (boyfriend at the time) supported me in every possible and always wiped my tears of frustration away with a hug and kiss. My friend, Eileen, held my hand through all the planning and always made me think about my present and future from a business mind I didn't even know I had! Diana, who thought my membership to the Chamber of Commerce was so important she insisted on paying for my first year. I'm especially thankful for Marcella, who believed in me and waited patiently for me to get all my stuff together so she could move into retirement. Mary has been the best person to work with on a daily basis, EVER and Mike who has done countless chores around here with a smile. Then here comes Samantha, about a year into all this and without her, I wouldn't be this "together" and neither would Coastal Bend Health Foods. Of course, I couldn't send thank you's out without coming full circle to Justin Butts. He taught and continues to teach me about pioneer farming and companion planting. For teaching me what my standards should be when it comes to raising animals for food and how to have a bountiful harvest in the harsh environment of South Texas. There were a couple of silent backers to this project and both of you know how much I love you and how thankful I am to have your support on almost a daily basis. As time has passed, I'm glad to have met Native Dave and Raw Y'all, two of my best friends in this town and I guarantee my life and my landscaping wouldn't be so beautiful without y'alls support and hard work. To all my friends and family that have understood and supported me, even when I'm not coming to see y'all as much or think I don't have time to catch up on your lives. Y'all are thought of with love always. I know I can't include everyone that helped me get this business off the ground because there's been so many of you! I am grateful for the tiniest to the largest bit of support!
I'm crying tears of joy. I have got to be the most supported human on the planet! You know what's crazy? I had someone tell me last week that I deserved all this and more and I was the only one holding myself back from the more part. Get ready, I'm not holding back any longer and Coastal Bend Health Foods is going to get even better and more awesome! Thanks for your support! Thanks for your hugs! Thanks for your ideas! Thanks for allowing me to follow my true path and create a dream job! I couldn't have done it without all of you and your faith. We all have the power to take our health into our own hands. Here and Coastal Bend Health Foods, we hope you feel the support from us like we feel it from each of you. We hope to create a better version of our store as days go by. We hope to see you all at our birthday party! Until then, have a healthy day!