Financing’s Final Stage.

We are back on track with financing and making some progress again. I feel like for a while we were just stagnant and I was sending e-mails or calling daily to see if there was any news.  Now it looks like we are closing Monday at 2pm.

By the end of signing our business away (our first born of course) we will walk out of there with a bank certified check to pay the contractor bill, the remaining balance of the C license and the other half of the cooler we still have to pay for.

After those checks we will only have a few things here and there (grocery bags, rugs, office organizing items, maybe a chrome cast, security cameras) and INVENTORY!!!

The plan is to get the check for the liquor license Monday at close. Since the seller’s lawyer’s office is closed Tuesday I am going to drive out to Rochester Wednesday, hand them the check and then drive to Buffalo to get the license that is in safe holding.  After that I am not sure what is next…. I may have to drive to Albany to get it in our name!!! :-O

LOTS of driving but it is all better than mailing all of those components and waiting.

I will, of course keep you update.



Tap line Install

Got our tap lines installed this week! That is really fun! Although seeing them drill holes through our brand new cooler is a little heart breaking 😛  But all in the name of beer!!


Getting the pump all settled in

Turns out the pump and the outlet are not compatible :-O No worries though, the electrician came in that day and fixed us up good.

Now it looks like we have a lab and are part of Breaking Bad!!!

Now (as our installer said) all we need is Nitro, CO2 and BEER!!!!


Shop Dog

While we were mounting our TV this weekend we also brought Barley to the shop for his maiden voyage!


We all went to Lowe’s together and then he was such a patient boy with all of our putsing around.


We even left the door open to see if anyone would peak their heads in.  Most of the time he just laid in the sun by the door (although one time he did bark and we had to let him know that was not what we are going to do here).


And when we were all done we stopped over to Vine & Barrel to say hi and he was super chill.  I am pretty sure we are going to end up taking turns with him 😛


Cheers!! To a happy pup!

Mounting the TV

Over the weekend Joel and I went into the shop to get our TV mounted.  We tried to mount it a couple weeks back when my parents were there helping us but we just couldn’t seem to find a stud… turns out there are no wood studs. Only metal studs.  We should have had the contractor put blocking in the wall before closing up the walls but we did not, and blowing a hole in the wall now to do so just seems silly.  Instead, we used 3 different kinds of drywall anchors along with self drilling screws that went into the metal studs.


You can even see all of the holes we drilled before to try to find the studs.

Any place there was a hole on the mount we used something to attach it to the wall.

It definitely will hold the weight!!!


Yay! One more project finished!!



Looking good!

I took the pictures to send to the state This week.  We have a lot of shit still in there for this and that but I moved it all back and forth a ton of times to get clean pictures showing us ready to open.  Pretty laborious but fun!

So we are getting there! Just missing our Certificate of Authority (to charge sales tax) with our new DBA name on it…. I could have done that a month ago if I had known I had to but… nothing I can do about that now. I sent it in, just waiting for a new one in the mail.


Shelves – With a Lot of Help

Last week I borrowed our neighbors truck to get plywood for our shelves. I found out  that 84 lumber and Home Depot will not cut plywood for you at all but when I went to Lowes they said they would do basic cuts if need be!!! So I bought them out of all of their 15/32 sanded plywood and had them rip them all in half to make 46 2×8 pieces out of the 23 4×8 pieces.


Then they loaded up the truck and I was off to the shop


After unloading all of the pieces and trying to put them on the shelves we realized we could only use those pieces for the top shelves and would have to cut about 3 inches off the ends of all the rest to get them to fit between the supports.  So we were done for the day and would have to come back another day with sawhorses and the saw to trim them all down.

We tried to come back the next day and found out they were sealing the spots in the floor that got scratched SUPER bad from the shelf delivery.  We didn’t want to run the saw and get all the sawdust in the sealer so we postponed another day.

Finally, on Friday night we got back to the shop with all our tools and trimmed up all the pieces to fit.


At about 7 or 8 we decided to call it a night and check out the wine tasting next door at Vine & Barrel.


After tasting with Matt from Vine & Barrel we went back to the shop to look at all the wood and shelves that now look so good! Pete (the father of one of the owners of Vine & Barrel) stopped in to check out the new shelves.  They used the same company for the shelves and used plywood for the actual shelving too.  He told us that they noticed the supports in the racks don’t actually touch the plywood and their shelves bowed a little when they put some weight on there. He suggested that we add a little luan between the plywood and the 2×6 supports.  He actually gave us a piece of what they used so we could use that and then find more if we needed it. Aren’t they just super nice?!?!

We planned to go back Saturday anyway to do some cleaning, mount the TV, and possibly  get more plywood for the end caps so we decided to call in some reinforcements.


Dad and I went to Lowes to get the 42 inch wide plywood for the shelves in the back-of-house along with screws and bracers to build some shelves under the counter and some other small things. While we were there, mom cleaned the bathroom for us and Joel cut almost all of the luan pieces. Then Joel and dad went around and put all the luan in place and screwed the plywood, luan and supports together to prevent the shelves from moving when inventory is put on or off the shelves. Mom and I tried to mount the TV for a few hours and then called it quits when we couldn’t find a stud (turns out they are metal and we can’t just mount it like normal anyway).  We then changed gears and ended up making 2 shelves in the counter for the cash drawer and the receipt printer/anything else we need to put behind the counter. That was a lot of fun!


There were a few other things that got done too so all in all it was a super productive day!! And we got to do another wine tasting at Vine & Barrel for a little break before cleaning up and going home.

We were pretty darn pooped by the time we headed home for dinner but I am super glad we had all the help!!


Thanks mom and dad!!!


Thursday Survey (but not Thursday)

It has been a while since I have done a Thursday survey but we just got our quote for signs back and I wanted to poll the crowd.  There are 4 places we can put a sign on our building

1 – the front of our store. Which currently looks like this:

2 – the back corner of the building that faces Costco parking lot


3 + 4 –  Both sides of the corner of the building that faces the highway (rt 5) and township blvd with the round-a-bout.



How would you rank these in importance?

We can not afford all 4 right now and we are thinking of just prioritizing them and when we get some inflow we can add the signs.


Cooler Install


This cooler has been such a process so far with all the back and forth and date changes and panel modifications to fit around our sink… oh and the price!!! But now that it is delivered and being put together it is like getting a new car that you get to see assembled in person!!! Here is what we got to see today. I will try to take more tomorrow!


The first panel is up!


It’s like Ikea for coolers


Our door!


All the little pieces


look at all these panels


These are the glass doors for our display


I thought this was the condenser… it’s not haha


They took up the whole back of the building with all our junk!! So Cool! 


Can you picture it!?!


Super excited store owners right here!

Can’t wait to see how far they get by the morning!


Shelves are Up

We got a Wonderful visit with our dear friend Nina and our basically niece Gianna! They got to come to the shop to see how the shelves look now that they have all been put together. Gianna was SO big on that tall counter!


They look great and the colors work really well!!


The two of us in a pic together in the shop!! Thanks Nina


There is a lot of room for beer in here!!! 



Getting artsy with the shots! 


The only problem is that there were 8 set up on the long wall and 5 on the short wall when there should have been 9 and 4. They are working on pulling one of the sets from the short wall over and shifting the 4 remaining ones down a bit to give us some room by the front window for a display.


It’s Becoming a Real Store!

If you have followed on Facebook you will see that we got our walls finished, our floor sealed, all the lighting is in and some molding is down.


Now we are on to the shelves! They got delivered (with just a few gouges to the floor) and are ready to set up!


Snuck a picture of the back of their truck


I got to be the elevator driver for a bit… shhhh.. don’t tell


There is a gentleman standing in the back door to our shop…. but no ramp… had to go all the way around.


As you can see our AMAZING neighbors Vine & Barrel allowed us to use their lift and their electric dolly to take the pallets ALL THE WAY AROUND TO THE FRONT DOOR haha it was quite a scene.  But at least it was only 4 pallets 🙂

We got them in and took turns as king of the mountain before heading home for the day.