Greetings Friends, Fans and Family!!
We hope that you are enjoying the onset of Autumn/Winter in the Pacific Northwest! It’s hard to believe that summer has already come and gone and that we are once again raking up the leaves, stoking the hearth and contemplating holidays and hibernation. Looking at the year in retrospect we have so many reasons to feel blessed and inspired by the work that we do and optimistic about the road ahead. Back to Eden celebrated many milestones in 2011 and to highlight just a few: after 4 years baking in a converted 500-sq. ft. garage we moved the operation out of the home and into a beautiful, spacious commercial baking facility located directly behind the shop; the boutique received a modest upgrade with old-fashioned parlor stools and tables with expanded seating; we celebrated a 2-year Anniversary in spite of a tough economy; and we, the owners, John and Garrett, actually managed to get more than two days off in a row!! On top of all that August sales made for our best month to date thanks in no small part to the heat wave we had and our increasingly popular soft serve sundae options.
So before we go on any further, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported, patronized and cheered us on! We truly could not have gotten this far without you and we hope the future allows for us to remain in service to this incredible community for many years to come. Which brings us to a moment of great humility and transparency as we ask you for your continued support and patronage. In spite of all the successes we detailed above we continue to operate with a very slim financial buffer and as the changing season brings a decrease in sales the costs of providing you quality, organic baked goods only goes up. As we all know the world around us is changing at a velocity that can sometimes feel difficult to keep up with just as human beings let alone conscientious small-business owners. Even in our own menu-planning we have seen the demand for gluten-free increase ten-fold and as such have added many new items to accommodate this evolution. While food and energy costs have risen across the board we have done our best not to pass these expenses on to our customers in hopes that sales would remain steady and that the economic climate would improve. But as the times change so must we evolve so that we remain relevant and viable throughout the lean seasons ahead.
The bottom line is we love, love, love being of service to the Portland community and have faith that Back to Eden can be instrumental in bringing healthy and delicious, vegan-organic foods into the mainstream. As many of you already know, vegan cuisine isn’t just for “vegans” anymore and it is our steadfast conviction that good, conscious food can and will change the world. We want to keep at this for many years to come and here is how you can help us succeed: 1) Continue to patronize our shop whenever and as often as you can. 2) Help spread the word about us whether it is by word-of-mouth, Facebook, Twitter, etc. 3) Consider us for pies and treats this holiday season. and 4) Fill out the brief survey below so that we may get a sense for how we can better serve you and provide you with the fare you need as well as desire.
Thank you so much for your time and support!
John and Garrett
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John and Garrett
John Blomgren and Garrett Jones are the founders and co-owners of Back to Eden and the creative masterminds behind the scenes. When time and opportunity allows they hope to step out from behind the curtain and get to know more of the wonderful customers that help keep their dream alive.