Update 5-11 I have a special announcement for my fellow DP'sSubmitted by Crabacado on Tue, 05/08/2012 - 19:09
I went to DHEC today to get Health Dept approval and it started off poorly. The Senior Health Inspector came out to the lobby and we greeted each other. I told him I was there to Get approval for my 1st location, he asked what I was selling. I told him what where, when and how.
He shakes his head sideways and says "No, that's not gonna happen"
WTF? is what I'm thinking.
I tell him he's not understanding what I'm doing.
I explain it to him again, what I'm doing, and he asks if I have pictures of the product.
I said better yet, I'll be back in 30 minutes with the product so you can see for yourself.
I bring him the Sorbet R3volution and 5 minutes later I have my approval letter in hand.
Then I go back to City Permits w/ my DHEC approval and the girl starts asking me more questions about my biz.
What, where, how (after already giving me preliminary approval pending ONLY on my DHEC approval!)
Again, WTF? is what I'm thinking.
I explain everything again. Guess what? She wants to see what I'm selling.
So I grab a case from the cooler in my car.
Of course all the girls from the office are now milling about, intrigued by something they all want but have never seen before and don't understand yet.
Then, she says, I have to check w zoning and starts talking if I even have the right permit even!
ZONING? It's a private property business and biz within a biz is SOP!
Once again, WTF? is what I'm thinking!
Of course, the zoning guy is out of the office. She'll call me after consulting with him.
So now I'm in a funk thinking they're gonna screw me somehow. I wasn't pissed at that point because I remained hopeful that things would work themselves out and a Ron Paul supporter would prevail, because he HAS to.
So it's now 3pm, no word.
4pm no word.
4:30 and did not want to lose the business I would generate this weekend.
4:45 and my cell rings. It's her. "You're approved. Come pick up your permit"
I live 5 minutes from the City Office and arrived 10 minutes before they closed for the weekend.
I felt like Ron Paul today, I really did. Curveballs at every corner.
But I prevailed with victory before the end of their business day!
So between 5 and 9pm I scrambled. Freezer from CL, Walmart, Loews, Dollar Store and a bunch of other things.
The Sorbet R3volution officially opened for business around 10PM on Friday, May 11th, 2012. I only opened for a few hours as it was a little chilly tonight and foot traffic was light for a Friday night. I still did good though! Better than I expected!
I have much work remaining but it just doesn't feel like work anymore.
Hopefully I'll have a chance to take some pix/video tomorrow as 1000's of Harley Riders swoop into town.
End of 5-11-12 UPDATE
Got all my licenses for Sorbet R3volution Stand #1 today except my DHEC approval (Health Dept) because guess what? They were closed today. It's a State Holiday today. Confederate Memorial Day. Never heard of it.
That kinda freed my day up a bit. I continued scouting locations, think I locked in #3 (Great foot traffic! will know tomorrow) and their Catering Event Hall want to buy them from me too!
Went to #4 and no deal on me putting my own stand there (1st rejection BTW) BUT they want to put their own stand on the pier and buy it from me! and it get's better, they have a huge Conference Center on site at the hotel and it's a resort. They have a HUGE Hawaiian Luau every week and want my stuff for that too!
More meetings tomorrow but DHEC first and #1 opening either tomorrow night or Sat afternoon. Or Monday if the prix made a 4 day weekend of it.
200,000 Harleys roaring into town over the next ten days. I don't want to lose a single day of sales.
Last week I told my boss I was quitting and tomorrow is my last day.
I have voluntarily become unemployed in order to create jobs.
You see, an epic opportunity has presented itself and somehow the inspiration I get from this community, the Revolution and Dr Paul had something to do with this. So thank you all! You've truly helped inspire me to do my part in making the world a better place.
Are you curious what I'm doing?
I encountered a niche and a void and decided to fill both.
In Myrtle Beach I scouted several high foot traffic areas (Piers, Marshwalk, and certain spots on Ocean Blvd) and locked in two today, likely 3 more on Thursday. The two I secured today are massive foot traffic locations in the heart of Myrtle Beach nightlife. Across from the Slingshot and The Beach House, this is exactly where it's at!
And this product line has never seen the light of day in the Carolinas (w 1 exception) and Yours Truly has secured 1st Right of Refusal for all Sales, Mktg and Distribution to FoodService and Small/Mid Market Retail.
I now present to you
Island Way Sorbet
I'm gonna be selling the heck out of these! Any Ron Paul supporters in the area looking for a job soon? I could easily end up with hundred's of these over the next few years! Wish me luck!
Anyway, just wanted to share the great news! Once I'm up and running (very soon) I'll be tweeting pics and vids of Myrtle Beach nightlife.