I had written up a nice post about the decision to move Gathered into a brick-and-mortar shop, about growth & changes... then this past week happened. With a vacuum surrounding anything not corona-related, I’ve mostly been holding my breath while this plays out. Emotions surrounding my self-employed cash flow swayed from relief that I’m not quite in the same boat as my peers— this is the first time in years that spring isn’t filled with weddings and events— & as a result I am thankfully not in a position of choosing between refunding deposits or paying rent, between laying off staff and putting others at risk. In a stroke of serendipity, we actually planned to not have our typical income at this time. I’m grateful that I’m able to support the restaurants and shops hit hardest by this, rather than being one of them myself. But... with the future more uncertain than ever, carrying on as planned also feels like bizarre denial. Yesterday we submitted the kitchen permitting application (thanks to an abundance of time for computer work!) and got a phone call in return letting us know 1) they are not doing any in-person site reviews at this time and 2) they have no idea when they will be doing them again, but it may be many months and the required operating procedures may likely change by then. Of course, this did not come as a surprise, but it really did drive home the eerie sense of uncertainty surrounding just about everything. How long until restaurants reopen, or will this mark the beginning of completely new service style norms? Will we be able to open as planned, & will our business model be viable once all of this settles down? Did we just invest all of our savings in a business that may not ever actually come to be? Truly, none of us know the answers yet. For now, we are carrying on mostly as planned (admittedly, with a bit less urgency) and trying to feel heartened by the outpouring of community support all around us. I have so many questions. We all do.
Medicine woman mini-cake, adorned with actually all of my favorite herbs. 🌿 🌱 🍃 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @wandereventrentals planned this dreamy, cannabis-filled shoot and you can bet I jumped at the opportunity! 📷 @suzannerothmeyerphoto
Am I about to karate chop the wedding cake? Is it about to levitate? Am I bowing to show the proper cake-respect? I honestly can't tell you what was happening here, but @andreamichellephoto caught this mid-something great 😂
I haven’t baked anything in weeks and I have a million new design ideas I’m dying to turn into buttercream. Until the kitchen is built, I’ll be going through old cake photos in hopes it’ll hold me over. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🍰 chocolate hazelnut praline & caramel
Last cake of 2019, last cake in Bellingham. I couldn’t have picked a more perfect wedding to end on, winter flower magic. We’re in full-on packing mode in preparation for the big move coming up! I’m finally sharing more about all my big plans over in stories if you’re curious what’s next 🖤
Tomorrow is my last ever market! 😭 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As bittersweet as it is to be moving on to the next chapter, I am excited to see all you lovely people one last time! Come close out the market season in style and snag some holiday sweetness while you’re here. Menu in stories, DM for reservations.
The countdown is real! This Saturday will be my second-to-last market (ever!) and the menu just went up in my stories. I’m taking reservations if you want to make sure to get all your favorites, just so long as you pinky-promise to show up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷@radicalsocialmedia
So you know those big changes I’ve been dropping hints about? Well... it’s official: Gathered is moving! We found a dreamy space in Astoria, Oregon, and will be wrapping up orders in Bellingham at the end of the year. I’m back at the @bhamfarmersmkt this Saturday and next for our last markets. While special orders are closed, I’ll be posting the market menu extra early this week and accepting reservations. Keep an eye out for specials and flash sales on here as I work to use up the last of my ingredients! So much more to come 🖤🖤🖤
I like to set aside some time every year to reflect and rebuild before launching into commitments for the next year, and I'm happy to be in the thick of that season. I have a lot of ideas and structural changes I'm looking forward to in 2020, and can't wait to share all of it with you just as soon as I sort it out 😂