Last issue I introduced Ernie, my first paid employee. We were already growing, so now I needed a place other than my one bedroom condo. It was a nice place on the third floor but they frowned on any trucks or such. I found the perfect place right on the bay with a dock, a one bedroom cottage that had been a guest house and now was a rental. My landlords were great. There was a carriage house on the property and I asked if I could store some stuff in there. They hadn’t anticipated that it was going to be a whole truck full of coolers. When George (my landlord) saw that he said “no can do.” I moved them all to my cottage. I had six pack coolers in cardboard boxes from floor to ceiling on the walls of my bedroom. In the living room I used them as end tables and coffee table, just put a towel or table cloth over them to disguise is the odor of cardboard boxes in a small place. Everything you have starts to smell like slightly damp cardboard. Not very sexy.
George suggested that I needed to move my business venture out of the cottage… here we go again. A couple of blocks away there was a small strip center and I rented the back room of an insurance agency. It had its own door off the alley and one light bulb. No phone, no problem… I could run back and forth to the cottage and I had an answering machine. That didn’t last long as I was moving on up. Rented a 12 by 12 room in the front of a mini warehouse and it came with two mini bins in the back. At this point I put in a phone line and I was off and running. I had an employee, Ernie, and a room and a phone, WOW! As we packed things we put them out in front of the building for UPS to pick up. Stenten’s was on its way.