A few of the unexpected physical results of starting a restaurant may include:
- overdeveloped trap and lat muscles from a week worth of painting ceilings and walls
- nice and tight forearms from a handful 8 hour shifts sanding
- loose waistbands from too many days forgetting to eat until 10pm intermixed with daily walks with the puppy for much needed fresh air and decompression
the three amigos sanding again!
the bartop is almost done
Ken planing by hand
Howard sanding his heart away
One of Drake’s many mugs
slowly but surely, the makeover will eventually be complete
Ken loving being captured in his sassy painting outfit
marisa in newly painted bathroom
getting ready for a new color – please! and some new lights
paint paint paint paint paint never-ending paint
the same amount of paint is on Marisa’s pants as the ceiling she painted
Drake finds the whole DIY thing just exhausting
It’s true. Starting a business is not for the faint or weary. It may result in weight loss, grey hair, and inexplicable bouts of energy and euphoria or paranoia and pessimism.
The key to survival is twofold.
1) It requires awesome friends and family who tell you that you are not crazy and that they believe in you. They even bring you sandwiches (because they know you probably forgot to eat) or coffee (because they know you’ll be at it for another 6 hours). They walk your puppy when you need to stay and put on just one more coat before you can leave. They tell other people how rad they think you are and how they have watched you cultivate and develop your vision for years. They perfectly time making you dinner while you’re prying tiles from the kitchen floor, so it’s hot and ready when you finally get home. They also give you actual money to help you make it all happen (Kickstarter!)
2) It requires an equally awesome team. The stressful, confusing, exciting, exhilarating, and nauseating experience of opening a restaurant is best experienced in the company of others, especially the others who are going through all of the same emotions. The team is more than that though. The team fills in where you can’t and picks up the pieces you accidentally dropped. The team compliments and complements you, both vital to sanity and well-rounded plans of action.
For these reasons, the Lucky Luna crew feels pretty darn lucky.
Since we embarked on this venture we have learned a lot about ourselves and each other. We all have experience opening restaurants for other people, but adding our own blood, sweat and tears AND money, ideas, creativity and heart, is in an entirely different dimension. The stakes are higher, but the rewards are greater, too. Not monetary rewards (no one goes into the restaurant biz for that!), but rather the types that come with the satisfaction of molding and shaping a vision into a reality that incorporates the ethics, the ideas, and the talents you and your team possess into this beautiful thing that is finally free to exist outside of your imagination.
We’re still at the molding stage, the sweaty (and sometimes bloody and tear-filled) stage of the process but we get glimpses of the end here and there. And it looks pretty.
We thank all of you who have shared in the process with us. We are stronger, smarter and happier people because of you and Lucky Luna is one step closer to being a reality each and every day thanks to you. We have almost hit our Kickstarter goal of 28k! You all have made this possible! THANK YOU!!!
Keep sharing, keep liking ( and contributing 😉 ) with 4 days left to make the final push!! It’s all or nothing folks!
Marisa, Ken, and Howard