Once upon a time, there was a Baker’s Store in Norwich, Vermont. Now, this store had a rug on the floor that had been there since the building was built many years ago. And, like the rug in your family room, years of food spills, muddy shoes, and the day-to-day traffic of life and commerce had stained it, wrinkled it, and worn it threadbare. It was time for the rug to go—but how could The Store close for an extended period in the middle of summer, when all of the bakers from far and wide come to visit? The answer was—it couldn’t.
The following tale is entitled “Installing a New Floor: It Takes a Village Company.” An employee-owned company. Many of whom willingly came in on Saturday night, again on Sunday night, and at 6 a.m. Monday to get the job done.
First, The Plan. Close at 6 p.m. Saturday night. Empty the entire store, leaving the floor completely bare for the installation crew to rip out carpet, and put in a new composite wood floor. And reopen at 7:30 a.m. Monday.
Let the shopping begin! Come on up—you can help us break in our new floor. And sample the goodies from our demo kitchen. And have a sandwich and piece of pastry at our picnic tables by the pond. Maybe take a baking class? Stock up on ingredients for your fall baking? We look forward to seeing you soon.
This is why we love being en employee-owned company. We put our shoulders to the wheel together, and we make things happen—together. Thanks, team!