Saturday, March 31, 2012

Something remarkable...

I discovered last night that I am one of the most blessed people in the world.

Do you ever have one of those times when you are doing everything you can to get ahead and you just keep falling behind? Last night was one of those times for me, I had a huge Cake Pop order for a wedding reception plus several special orders & markets to prepare for, usually I have help on Friday's, but my assistant was unavailable to help so I was on my own. I was done with all the cupcakes around 9:30pm and I needed to get started on the Cake Pops since I had over 200 of them to do for the weekend deliveries & markets. I knew it was going to be a long night so I settled in a good stride & was making steady progress, around 11:30 I knew I still had at least another 4, maybe 5 hours of work to be done since I had to finish dipping & decorating the cake pops, then wrapping & tying ribbons on them & packaging them in the boxes for delivery. I'm doing my thing when the bartender, Becca, from the Humble Pie restaurant next door walked by my door & asked how much longer I would be there, I told her probably at least 4 more hours maybe more, she then asked if I needed help, I of course couldn't turn down an extra set of hands, so I said that I would love some help. She said that she had to finish her paperwork & would be over in about 10 minutes or so. What happened next totally floored me...one of the servers, Candace, came to the door & said she was there to help, then another server, Dave, came and said the same thing, then along came Becca & her boyfriend (Rich, I think). They all were there to help me wrap, tie ribbons & package the cake pops so that I didn't have to stay there so late. What amazed me more than anything was that they were all in their early twenties and were so sweet & willing to help me out on a late Friday night instead of going home to bed or out with friends after their shift next door.

I am humbled that such an amazing group of young people came to my rescue! These four remarkable individuals did in an hour & an half what would have taken me upwards of 5 hours on my own! When I tried to pay them, they all said at once, "no way" & they headed out the door!

As I listened to their animated conversations fade into the darkness of the parking lot, I smiled and realized at how blessed I really am!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Generosity Beyond My Imagination

I meant to post this earlier, but, as it so often does, time got away from me, but I feel it is still very important to share what happened on Wednesday, March 7.

I was on my way to my first Intel lunch vendor set up, and I was so excited! When I arrived and carted all of my cupcakes/cake pops & the rest of my display into the lunch area I discovered that there was a Bake Sale going on to raise money for a girls school in Kenya! To make matters worse, I was to set up about 20 feet from them.

The lunch was only 2 hours, so I decided to make the most of it, and I hoped I would be able to at least hand out some business cards. Well, an hour and fifteen minutes went by & only two people had stopped by my booth just to look at what I had. A few minutes later a gentleman came by and asked me how much for my entire inventory, I stated that I would have to add it up (I was a little hesitant, thinking he was just curious). He asked me to add everything up & that he would be right back. I did as I was asked & he came back a few minutes later and asked for the total, I told him what it would be & he said he was going to buy my inventory & then we would put all of my items on the Bake Sale table so they could resell them to raise money for their cause!!! He gave me his credit card without even batting an eye. As you can imagine, I was in total disbelief & was almost in tears. I asked if he had a business card (I was wanting to send him a serious thank you note), and he responded, "no, I don't have any", he then went on to say that he wanted to support a local small business like mine since it wasn't fair that Intel had booked me on the same day as the bake sale & he also wanted to donate to a worthy cause.

I found out as I was packing up that he had already made a good sized donation to the Bake Sale and that he goes out of his way to support local businesses & charities all the time.

This man is truly one of a kind & I know that I am blessed that he did what he did for me. I don't know if I will ever see him again, but I feel that I am a better person to have met him.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

WELCOME

Welcome to our new and much improved Blog! We have tried to make it easier to navigate and hope that you will enjoy the new layout much better than before. Everything has been broken out into "pages" that you can click on above. This section here will be for any blog posts that we do in the future.

Enjoy!

Nicki & the Cupcake Cafe Team