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New Everything

Last episode featured an explosion of all things life-related, mostly the devastating end to the Shipwreck Tavern.

Now, a year after that doomed plan was set in motion, life has (mostly) settled back to normal. I went back to work at WM in August, and survived yet another set of holidays living with my in-laws (I love ’em, but there’s only so much we can see of one another). Just before the New Year, the beverage head position opened up rather suddenly, and I found myself with a raise, a shopping cart full of paperwork, and a slew of new responsibilities. Yay?

Yes. It’s been hectic and crazy and the ordering program doesn’t really do what it’s supposed to do, but we’re getting there. Paperwork’s been trimmed and organized, and almost everything has a home. So on that front, life is good.

The husband has himself a new and exciting job, as well! He’d gone through a couple of bars once we got back to Virginia, and picked up a Fri-Sat-Sun bartender gig last month that has damn near doubled our income (go team booze!) all on its own. As of this past Monday though, he’s also teaching occasional Scotch tasting and other alcohol-related classes in the DC metro area. It’s awesome, he’s getting paid to teach people how cool booze is, and he doesn’t have to put up with crazy customers! They are paying him (just a couple of classes right now, but the company’s repeat customer rate jumped at the end of his first class) to do what he loves to do already: talk about why the art of distilling is so incredible.

Who knows, we may even get him blogging about it on his own site!

I think the incredibly beautiful weather today has bolstered my mood. The creativity is flowing, and I feel like this spring is going to be fabulous (and yarn filled). So many projects!


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Bait and Switch

Since early November, I’ve been working at World Market, and Jared has been trying to find work. He’s gotten a few bartending or landscaping gigs, but nothing remotely stable. In the DC Metro area right now, if you don’t have 5-10 years experience, companies don’t even bother looking all the way through your resume, let alone call you back. So it’s been a tight couple of months.

Back in February, Jared’s parents had a ridiculously horrible dining and bar experience, and came away saying “Jared could do better than that while blindfolded.” They approached the two of us with a business proposal: Susan would give us a private loan in monthly installments, if we could find a bar/restaurant & bar location and plan that blew her away.

A couple of weeks ago, Jared and I drove up to Federalsburg, MD near the Eastern Shore to look at a potential bar. The place was such a dump that we said “No freaking way” without even getting out of the car, but talking with locals along the way, the town desperately needed another watering hole. We decided to focus our search on the Eastern Shore, finally convincing Susan that there was no way we were going to find a rentable location in the DC Metro area for what she could afford each month. Jared and his dad put together a Craigslist ad, and we started to get responses from all over the eastern shore of Maryland and Deleware (and one in Reno!).

Last Sunday, March 20, Ken got a response from a guy in Crisfield, MD – the southernmost Maryland city before you start ferrying to islands. He was looking for someone to either lease the top floor as a bar, or buy the whole building. We emailed back and forth with him on that Monday, and when he sent us photos of the space, we were blown away.

The whole top floor? That’s the bar. The right side of the upstairs is set up as a banquet room, and the windows continue all the way around – it’s almost 360 degrees of bay views.

We drove down to Crisfield the next day to take a look at the place and talk to some of the locals. This town is a watermen’s town, about 2600 people, and very few of the bars in the area stays open after September. Half of the restaurants are only open for half the week, once the tourists leave, and the bars all close at 9 p.m.

More later, but I’ve got to finish getting ready for work. I’m staying with World Market through the Easter season, if I can swing it.





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