Running a business is never a walk in the park, and this has been one of the most stressful 12-month periods I can remember. We’ve moved twice; spent 10 months closing a loan and another 10 getting it all disbursed; built out a kitchen space from scratch…well, you know the story. It’s been a lot to deal with, and right now we’re all sort of taking turns doing the good ol’ Kermit flail and then talking each other down.

Last week, we had a friends and family party at our new Industry City space to celebrate our retail’s soft-open this week (more on that tomorrow). I was expecting a good time, but beyond that kept my expectations pretty modest: we’d drink some bubbly, eat some cookies, and head home.

So many people came out to party and support us: our food buddies at Bent Spoon, New Amsterdam Market, Salty Road, The Good Batch, People’s Pops, Macaron Parlour, Zoe’s Premium, P&H Soda, Butter & Scotch, and too many more for me to remember; our superfans Mike and Pam and their new addition Jacob; our colleagues from the fantastic Grey packaging; and even a few people I knew via the Internet and hadn’t before met in real life (hi, Niko!)…it was overwhelming in the best possible way. We laughed, we got emotional, we drank and ate a bunch, and I went home feeling happy in very profound, soul-warming way.

Being a business owner is really hard. And the challenges are far from over; we have more at stake than ever, and we deal with new problems every day that never would have even occurred to us six months ago. But I (and if I may speak for Jen, Joan, and all the rest of the Liddabit crew) are unspeakably grateful for our family, friends, colleagues and supporters. We’re very lucky to be where we are, and we know it; it’s just nice to have a reminder every once in a while. The new challenge is to find more excuses to celebrate along the way.