It's hard to believe we opened our
doors (err, door...) almost two and a half years ago. These photos were taken just a day or two after we picked up our camper to head back to Nashville (no tattoos on my legs! It looks so weird!). To be honest, we had absolutely no idea what laid ahead of us with Honeybean. We were the first of it's kind in Nashville and that's not always a good thing. Sometimes it leaves you feeling overwhelmed and at a loss for what to do next. We never intended for Honeybean to be a full time job, and due to our many other ventures it never was.
We love doing events with Honeybean. SO much! Every time someone buys something from our shop, we still get that rush of excitement and giddyness. That's how I know it's worth the effort. But now we've relocated to about an hour and a half outside of the city, and we're enjoying our quiet, small town life. This of course makes it more difficult to get Honeybean out and about in the city, but sometimes we make special arrangements and go for it.
Mike and I have our fingers in so many pies. We like to live that way... dabbling in a bunch of things to keep us inspired and excited about creating. I write a blog, he builds furniture, I paint custom wooden signs, he whittles pipes. Together we also own and operate Him + Honey, a film photography studio. Over the past year we've really put our heart and soul into building our photography business, and I can honestly say that our hearts and passions are rooted deeply in the connections we've made with our clients. But I guess the same can be said for Honeybean, too. We've made so many friends from our repeat customers... it's amazing to get to know the community out there.
Which brings me to my next point... the community. We've watched Nashville grow into a mobile city in no time. Food trucks out the wazoo, new mobile shops popping up everywhere... it's exciting! It's exciting to be part of that movement. Even from 90 miles away, we get to experience the shift in the market. Nashville is such a small-business city. There's so much heart that goes into each and every new establishment. Sometimes we sit with our hands in the air, at a loss for what to say yes to and what to pass up, but despite the fact we're not out on the streets every single day (or weekend, for that matter), we're rooting for each and every new business on the block.
For the past year we've put Honeybean on the back burner. 2013 was supposed to be the year of Him + Honey, and it was. It is. It's hard to know how to prioritize your time and businesses when you're wearing a lot of hats. While we're not 100% sure what 2014 holds for us or Honeybean, we're excited to find out.
If you see us out and about, drop in and say hello. Come get to know me and Mike and tell us your story. For us it's not just about selling product and making money. It's also about sharing talent from around the world, getting to know our customers, and making friends along the way.
We hope to see you soon! Until then, keep up with our adventures at KaelahBee.com.