Since we opened Karma a little over a year ago, we have had many trials and tribulations! Equipment breaking down, staff issues, inexperienced owner (yes, what did I know about running a restaurant-never worked in one, never ran any business) and on and on. A man who visits us quite often keeps telling me that if I write a book, it will become a best seller. I would entitle it, "Who Should Not Open a Restaurant and All The Things She Should Not Do", or a play on the "For Dummies" books-"The Dummy That Opened A Restaurant and Lost Her Money and Her Mind". Truthfully, I watch a show called "Restaurant Impossible" and at the beginning an announcement says, "If you own a failing restaurant..". Sometime, half asleep (from early days and late nights at Karma) I jump out of bed and yell, "pick me, pick me" (since the show offers help) only to realize they would never pick me! They are looking for a full service, steak and potato type places-not my little soup, salad, quiche, sandwich and what I feel like making for a special cafe!
So, why haven't I given up, why haven't I thrown in the towel? Why don't I go back to my previous life-making useless crafts-well...not everyone wants their name embroidered poorly on everything they own; not too much call for cutting vinyl letters for every bedroom door in the house-although Ian's "Stay Out" and "Warning" with a bomb ticking cut out is quite an unusual door ornament-it however, did not work-his sister's still went in his room; necklaces with clasps that fall off are not in high demand; no one wants a dress that stands up on its own because it has stiff interfacing sewn in the wrong spots-well, at least my daughters didn't; and last but not least, no one wants holes punched with an item called a "big punch" in all their metal items-Nero didn't seem to appreciate his wastebasket with holes punched for ribbon in his office-things fell out of the holes!-you get the idea-I was "The Crappy Crafter"! So, my theory is I know I really can cook-people eat my food and like it. I love people (you don't see many people when you spend the day in my "Crappy Crafter" craft room) and have lots of wonderful friends.
So, maybe I can turn all this around ( I have a husband who is willing to let this go on a little while longer and faith in God, who I believe will have to intervene to make this work. Yes, a lot of intervention is needed!!). Possible somewhere there is a Robert Irvine (host of "Restaurant Impossible") that will help a struggling cafe with inept owner. Could there be angels that will descent from heaven and want to be waitresses and cooks at Karma?
Really, the only thing that can happen and will, comes in the form of gifts! The gift of people who believe in Karma and know that I will do anything to make their time there enjoyable. The gift of the ability to cook and my knowledge of what tastes wonderful, what constitutes top quality food and the desire to share with everyone I meet- my true gift (not the crappy crafting, although I have lots of stuff you may want buy-if you are a little crazy...). The gift of great customers who have become friends, who promote us and support us. The gift of wonderful food-given or sold to us at a great price by local farmers. The gift of honesty-I appreciate when someone tells me how we could do something better. The gift of time-This gift has come wrapped in so many different packages. We have had people donate their time (recently, Michael and Sally) to help Karma look sharper, share recipes (love sharing recipes!! Thank you, Linda of "Mrs. G and Me" Asheville for sharing some of hers!) and we have been given time as a gift-Nero keeps giving me "one more chance" to make this work-so let's hope it will-This Time!!). Our customers have given us time to work all the quirks out and have been patient when things didn't always go as planned. The most important gifts we have is the gift of friendship, kindness and compassion. Everyone needs those gifts-Thank You to everyone who is a part and the heart of Karma-all our customers, our staff, and everyone who has ever given us a kind word or helped us in any way. Each one of you is a precious gift to me! Hugs, Lorna