Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!
I hope you’ll give me just a minute to let me be a little cliche, but no less sincere, about being thankful.
In the last six months, I have gone from closing my eyes while I posted a picture on the Interwebs of two Slingshot Cold Brew bottles, to seeing them gracing the shelves of some of the finest independent retail shops in Raleigh and North Carolina, standing at attention in the case at Whole Foods stores across The Old North State, talked about in some great articles and blog posts, on Instagram feeds from people all over the country, and plastered on blogs, Facebook, Twitter feeds and Pinterest pages all over the world.
To a lot of people, and certainly to tons of other successful small businesses, Slingshot is small potatoes. And to many it’s “just coffee.” But to me, it means the world. It’s my heart and soul, it’s my time away from family and friends, it’s my sleepless nights, it’s my best days and my worst days.
The past six months have changed my life! Every single one of you who have taken the chance to carry it in your stores, who have come out to an event for Slingshot, or bought a bottle every now and again, or have made it a part of your daily routine, or have told someone else about it… and all the tweets, posts and photos that have come with all of that… I’m grateful and thankful.
For Jonathan, Frank the Beagle, friends and family… I’m grateful and thankful.
For Market, Oak City Cycling Project and Raleigh Architecture Co. … I’m grateful and thankful.
For coffee farmers and coffee lovers the world over… I’m grateful and thankful.
For the roots we put down in such a fantastic city exactly seven years ago tomorrow… I’m grateful and thankful.
Thanks for making this an indescribable six months, and here’s to what lies ahead!