Starting a business is… WOW!! It is funny, because one of my first checkmarks off the never-ending list of small business ownership was setting up a sole proprietership. As many who have done this before me know, it is hardly a project of one. Therefore, my first post is a list of gratitude to those who have helped me in this journey:

My husband, sisters, and parents for listening to all of my crazy ideas, for reeling me in when they got a little too out there, and giving me the reassurance that I could do this.

Jay Kitterman, who took a glance at my resume, all those years ago, and made me realize my passion for teaching.

Kemia Sarraf and the staff at genHkids, who have shown me what true perseverance looks like through our work.

Kevin Lust, who met with me at the Small Business Association and showed me the ropes of small business start-up.

Julie Roland and B Creative, who designed my logo and gave Copper Pot Cooking Studio a brand.

Nancy Richards and staff at First Bankers Trust for providing amazing customer service.

Wanless Trust, who provided the perfect space for Copper Pot Cooking Studio.

SCDPH for all of the insight they have given me in setting up a commercial kitchen.

Susan and Doug Danenberger for letting me cook in their amazing kitchen and for giving me a TON of small business advice and recommendations.

Chris and Bruce Sommer and the Market on Koke Mill for our lovely sinks and learning the fine art of small business start-up.

Erik Karlicher for his amazing plumbing work.

Chris Rudin and Rudin Printing for friendship, generosity and business cards!

Doug and Victoria Ringer for the painting.

Marlin Ouverson for designing the website and putting up with my non-functional IT brain.

Sabrina Martindale and Sugar Jar Bakery for some great equipment.

Tim Jackson, my brother-in-law, who does a fine job making hardwood furniture.

Dave and Sean Peecher, super electricians that handle all of those wires that truly terrify me.

Bob Ferry, for always being just a phone call away, and for finding my Dad’s lost tape rule.

My kids, Ben and Norah, for putting up with my stressed-out brain, not always being there to put them to bed or make them dinner, but letting their mom make her dream a reality and reminding her that she was going to be great at it.

My Mom, for teaching me the fine art of keeping it together (most of the time) when managing a family and a career, and for watching the littles when their mom was off at work.

My Dad. He was with me when I began this process in December 2014, and I know he will be there in spirit when we open in March. Miss you, and love you much.

Jason, Kurtis, and Ethan Perry, who did a ton of moving, sanding, and general labor to get the job done a little bit faster.

To the countless friends and family who have spread the word, shared a post on Facebook, and supported me through this journey.  Bless you all!

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