First, let me give a side-note as to the title of our blog, "Salud!" We believe in being thankful, and in celebrating the success we find in each day. Even when disaster strikes, success is found in overcoming. This blog is used to share some behind the scenes stories from us, Grant and Kati, who are entrepreneurs experiencing the joys of starting and running our own wine bar. We began this process in January 2013, and finally opened The Liberty Bell on August 10. We have already experienced so much, and hope you will find our musings and retellings interesting. Here's to many years of success at The Liberty Bell! Salud!
Ok - now to the post, Brand "Spanking" New...
As of today, we have been open two full weeks. Whew! The support from the local community has been incredible! (Salud!) Of course, we have had our share of "spankings," too. Here are some examples:
- Opening night - soda machines went out! Both of them!! We ran to the store and bought canned soft drinks to tide us over until our vendor came and fixed them.
- Full House Friday Night - our point of sale system went down, while every seat in the house was full and everyone wanted food and drinks! We were so grateful for the crowd, but felt awful about how the system going down affected our guest service. Our team switched to paper tickets, calculators, and old-fashioned credit card slips. We made it through until the system came back up. We had help from our downtown neighbor, Theresa Darby, who ran over some credit card slips. (Salud!!)
So, back to spanking...
Have you ever been in a wine bar and noticed someone swirling and swirling their wine around in the glass? Have you ever wondered why wine glasses are so large in comparison to the amount of wine that goes into them? Well, it's so there is room to "spank" the wine. Swirling the wine around allows it to breathe and for the drinker to experience the full flavor and aromas. The more it's swirled around, the more it will open up. Maybe spanking it isn't a common term used in the world of wine, but our wine representative used the term when training all of our new staff, and it stuck! They had so much to learn about wine and these clever explanations helped them remember. We thought we would share this with whomever may read this, too, since so many of our guests are new to wine.
Until next time, salud!