The past few months have been a blur… Summer was very busy! It saw the hiring of employees, expanding our menu, meeting new faces of locals in town and nearby. There were weddings, engagements and celebrations; parties, trips and adventures! As Noah and I turned into the fall season, feeling the cold air creep up, we thought, “Aw, perhaps, a break from it all!” But, knowing the rhythm of Leavenworth now, we knew we had to take that extra time, that extra energy and put it towards projects. The past month, you may have noticed, have been dedicated to (in small ways) remodeling Argonaut’s space. We’ve painted walls and jars and boards. We’ve hung artwork and shelves. We’ve added heat lamps and lights. We’ve done a lot. Now the cold winter months are already upon us and we’re ready!
About two weeks ago, Noah’s sister had a baby. A little baby girl named Luci. We went to see them right after she was delivered only because of our gracious employees who held down the fort the entire weekend (giving their time) so we could spend it with family.
When I look at Luci, I start to look back at when Argonaut had just come into existence. (I know a baby is VERY different from a business, but for the sake of comparison...) I think about how when we first started Argonaut, we had no idea what we were doing. There was so much fear- wondering if we were doing it right. Are we going to mess everything up? Our little business, although small, still required us to make many decisions. We were overwhelmed, sleep deprived and tired.
Then the days go by, you catch a rhythm, a cadence of how it all goes. After a while, every decision isn’t as big or require as much energy. The little business starts to seemingly run itself- there are systems and methods in place. How far it has come and grown. Argonaut might still be a small place but it makes (at the very least) Noah and me so happy and very proud. We feel so blessed to live in this beautiful place. To have been given the opportunity to grow our business here. So blessed that we can make coffee every day for the people who find themselves here.
It is an amazing feeling, watching something grow, to have a hand in that growth and be able to have the time to stand back and say, “It is good and all is well.”
Moving into this holiday season- the busy Christmas lighting weekends here in town, the parties, the crazy- in the calm before the storm, I feel lucky to be ready this time. We’ve grown our little shop up and it’s ready for anything!