We are two girls with the same Italian last name, (sister-in-laws). Karen is a crafter and Dawn keeps Karen out of trouble.. sorta. Granted we were just heading out for Sunday breakfast and it turned into much more than just an appetizer pancake! But Dawn should have seen it coming, honestly, how could she not?
Our story goes like this…
One November morning in 2011 we headed out to the Black Diamond Bakery for breakfast. Found a great parking spot right up front but before we could get out of the Jeep, THREE large (vintage metro) tour buses pulled up and started unloading a TON of people. Feeling too hungry to wait, we went someplace else to eat breakfast, which turned out to be a disappointment soooo….
The following Sunday we headed to the Black Diamond Bakery again, only this time earlier. The wait was about 15 minutes to be seated in the restaurant so we grabbed some baked goods and headed to the espresso area to enjoy our before breakfast snack. That’s when we saw the charming empty room that use to be a Native American shop.
The Black Diamond Bakery & Restaurant owners were going to make it into a banquet room for large parties but they were willing to hear what we had to say and to see a sample of our products (also known as Karen’s inventory). After hearing our vision and thinking it over a few days, it was a go!
Isn’t it just crazy how life happens? So here we were running a little gift shop that focuses on handmade goods. By no means would either of us say it’s easy but it is very rewarding. It warmed our heart to hear people come in and say, “I love this shop” and to bring their family and friends in from near and far to meet us.
In 2013 Dawn left the corporate world to run the shop full time. Neither of us thought that meant working 60 hours a week to keep the place open 7 days a week but that’s what it ended up being. Being a business owner isn’t always the easiest was to make a living!
Around September 2016 when we learned that the owners of the Bakery weren’t interested in renewing our lease at the end of the year. We were heartbroken but excited at the same time and ready for a change.
The plan for 2017 was that we were going to take what we learned while at the Black Diamond Bakery and get our own place, no landlord, no rules! …ok, Dawn says rules are good… BUT NO LANDLORD and we are going to do FUN stuff, like TEACH and INSPIRE! But first we need to find a spot to call our own then MAKE it our own.
And here is a sneak peak at our new location!