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This recap has become more of our way to recount and immortalize what transpired in 2020 than a regular blog post. If we would have read this a year ago, we would have laughed at our over-the-top attempt at fictional writing.
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2020 was our 3rd year open but it was more stressful than our first two years combined. We were closed down not once but twice and were restricted to to-go only sales for an extended period of time.
Highway 183, the highway outside our entrance had very little traffic as compared to normal. People just weren’t traveling when the pandemic started. Prior to the shutdown, we could have 5-15 new (first time) guests on any given Saturday. For the entire month of April, we only had 6 new guests. Things were so slow; we reduced our hours to Friday through Sunday (after being open 6 days per week). When we were allowed to re-open, we weren’t even able to offer samples of our wines; just to-go orders. This made purchasing our wine challenging for first time customers.
Loneliness was hard on everyone. We took advantage of every chance we could to visit. When guest would come to pick-up their wines, it would become a time to catch up. For curbside service, Moira would take out their order and stand outside their car window talking for 20-30 minutes almost every time. Wine Down Wednesday on Facebook Live became another way for us to connect with our community. In late May we were allowed to open at 50% capacity inside. Sales picked up and June started as a good month. That was until the next second closure on June 26th.
In late August we had the option to open with the requirement of submitting paperwork to become a restaurant. Brian has an entrepreneur’s heart and it is because of his determination that we opened and were able to start serving. This was not an easy project. It resulted in our having to buy equipment and restructure our back room to accommodate food service. Brian took on the task of being the cook. Most weekend evenings he has had to be in the back – not where he prefers, but he has become quite the cook. Some of his creations, like the bacon wheel and chalupa pizza, have become quite popular. Serving food allowed us to be open, but with just the two of us it was wearing us out. The food prep, cleaning and dishes were overwhelming at times. In November we hired our first employee. We are so happy to have Liz as apart of our Spirit of Texas family. She is energetic, friendly, and great to work with. She has helped us make this transition easier.
There were many bright spots in the year. We couldn’t have made it through the year without the support of so many, especially our community. Our Wine Club Members had a major impact in helping us get through the challenges. Even when they were unable to try the wines, they trusted us and continued to support us.
Here are some highlights of the year:
We released a record for us of 8 Texas wines
We won some awards!
Converted a shipping container into a refrigerated wine storage
Added our very cool Roof Top Winery sign
In spite of everything, we still continued to support our local non-profits. We donated or raised just over $10,000 for the year. Here were a few of the events we hosted:
Good Samaritan Ministries Empty Bowl Painting
April 5% of Sales
Memorial Day Weekend for the VFW
4th of July for Corinne T Smith Animal Shelter
BBQ for Hero’s – Local Volunteer Fire Departments
So what’s in store for 2021? We’re focusing on exterior improvements:
Expanding our parking area and new exit
Enhancing back patio area
Property-wide landscaping projects & clean up
Planting ½ acre of grapes
Planting ½ acre of lavender
2020 was definitely a learning experience. No contingency plan could have prepared for this. It challenged us to be creative and try some things we never would have done. We had so many people that stood by us and continued to support us all year. We are forever grateful!
In 2019 we introduced the Wine Sign! It was so much fun in the spring posting our Wine Sign quotes! They were a big hit with our social media followers. Do you remember your favorite?
We have a long list of improvements / plans for the property. Unfortunately, we didn’t get as much done in 2019 as we had hoped. We are still a work in progress. In February we worked on the pavilion area, adding a bunch of picnic tables. We have enjoyed seeing families use the area to eat and enjoy their time together. The showcase of the pavilion area is the drop-down stage that Double Diamond Iron & Woodworks created for us.
The Brownwood Bulletin wrote an article on our Valentine’s Day Blush Release, ‘Perfect Timing - Blush Release Valentine's Day.’ We had sold out of our original Blush in late December. As a result, in January and early February there were some unhappy customers, hearing their Blush was sold out. We had one guest, we’ll call Jane Doe, that wanted to wear black as a sign of mourning that we were out of her Blush! The release helped make our Valentine’s Day event a big success.
For the second year, we hosted Good Samaritan Ministries Empty Bowl painting events. GSM does such a fantastic job helping the community. We’re proud to support them. We have made an effort to support several local non-profits. We’ve been welcomed into Brown County and we’re committed to support it anyway we can.
There’s a whole bunch of Irish under our roof, so St Patrick’s Day is a favorite day here. Falling on a Sunday, it was the perfect day for some green wine (we released our Welcome that day) and the photo booth courtesy of Gobo Entertainment. It was such a fun day, all captured in the booth!
Our Fireside Sunsets became a surprise hit. We had so many guests share their enjoyment of their time sipping wine in front of the fire pit while watching the sunset. There is something about sitting around a fire that can’t be explained. Great conversations, laughter and even some tears. A perfect place to relax and unwined. Thanks to Kenny for supplying the firewood!
We celebrated our 2nd Anniversary in April. While it wasn’t a blockbuster event, we had such a fun time. It was capped off with a great show from the Remedy.
We added 4 new bee hives in April. While we still have so much to learn, we really enjoy beekeeping. We even attempted a bee removal from a well house. It was a learning experience.
In July we started working with a new winemaker. The wines we released in the fall had the new black label design to reflect the change. We have released the Shamus Rosé, Aged to Reflection and the Montepulciano, all to tremendous compliments along with some awards already too! We still have a Cabernet Sauvignon set to be released in April. Thanks to Dustin Durham with Happy Trails Trucking, we were able to transport the wines safely in a refrigerated trailer during that hot August heat.
Our Woodstock celebration turned out to be the grooviest event of the year! Jim, John & Sharon urged us to plan it, and we’re so glad we did. Sharon was manning the photo booth while Jim & John were co-DJ’s, with non-stop 60’s & 70’s music. Chipster’s Grill was busy serving up some of their delicious BBQ! The place was packed, standing room only, such a great night!!
We are a Cross Country Destination! Since we’ve opened, we’ve been amazed at the number of cross-country visitors we’ve had. Most were coming from Austin, but a good number were coming to visit Lake Brownwood State Park. We’ve had buses, RV’s and campers, all sharing their adventures. The one visit that stood out this year was Bob’s visit because it was on motorcycle. Bob drove up on a Sunday afternoon. Brian noticed him on the patio for a while, so he went to meet him. He recently retired from the military, and was on his way to California from Maryland. Brian invited him inside. We had our usual Sunday crowd who greeted him with open arms. Bob stayed for about 3 hours.
The year hasn’t been a bed of roses (or Rosé). Something that started as a morale booster, ended up embedded in controversy! It was our Employee of the Month competition. It got so bad that we had to temporarily discontinue this recognition incentive. Again, we would appreciate this not discussed at the winery! Thank you Becky for showing support to the EOM runner up!
We’re Bottling Again!
This week we’ll be bottling more Texas wine! The lineup includes a new vintage of our Spirit of Texas Winery Blush as well as two new wines; Welcome White and Spirit of Texas Rose. We will release the wines over the next several weeks.
A few weeks ago we met with the wine maker, Seth Urbanek to make our final changes to wines. We were so happy on how they have all turned out! Here is a little more information on each one:
2018 Spirit of Texas Winery Blush: Our original Blush has been our best seller since opening. We are currently only serving it in tastings. The new 2018 Blush will not disappoint our Blush lovers! It has a wonderful bouquet with a fresh juicy finish.
Valentine’s Day will be extra special this year, because we will be releasing our new Blush on February 14th! Wine Club Members can enjoy one commentary glass of Blush or two half glasses. We’ll happily pour a sample for all guests. Don’t miss out on our 4 hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries for $8, reserve them online.
2018 Spirit of Texas Winery Rose: There will be another pink Texas wine in the tasting room, our new Rose a dry rose with hints of cherry liquor. It was a limited production bottling, so it will only be available in tastings and by the glass. Unfortunately, we will have to limit Bottle purchases to Wine Club members.
2018 Spirit of Texas Winery Welcome White: We have enjoyed learning the history of Brown County. We have tried to reference Texas history in the naming of some of our wines. We thought it was important to add a name with local impact. Welcome Chandler, credited as the first settler in Brown County was also a farmer, county judge, postmaster, and store owner. Our goal with our tasting room has always been to create a welcoming place, so the name Welcome White seemed very appropriate. It’s a dry white with rich freshness and supple fruit notes.
Looking back at 2018
It was an emotional year for us. In April, Brian’s mother passed away and in December our 3rd grandchild was born. With being open every day, it was a long year too. But, 2018 at the Spirit of Texas Winery has been a rewarding year! We are surrounded by some wonderful people that are always there to lift our spirits!
Don’t miss the video below (Looking Back at 2018)
Here are some of the highlights:
- We raised/donated over $12,000 to local charities
- We hosted/organized over 200 events! (Here’s our calendar)
- Our Winery sign blew out
- We hosted many showers (bridal & baby)
- Got a new wine slushie machine
- We attended 7 Wine Festivals, bringing Brown County out to Texas
- Our Winery sign blew out
- We got a tractor (Brian got a tractor)
- We bottled our Rip Roaring Red, our 1st wine with Spirit of Texas Winery on the label!
- Our Winery sign blew over
- We were a stop for a sports car road rally
- We hosted some special birthday parties, anniversaries and family gatherings
- We expanded our parking area to 20,000 sq ft
- Our wines were awarded 6 medals this year
- We had a one-of-a-kind entrance built!
- We had visitors from all over come to visit us
- We were awarded the Best Winery/Wine Bar in Brown County
- We were gifted a big smoker
- We had 50 tons of crushed granite spread in the patio & pavilion area
- We got a ton of rain in Sept-Dec!
- We hosted a bunch of the Pixie Plum & Painting with Friends events
- The Winery sign blew out again
- We had a blast at Corks & Caps
- We started playing live music again!!!
- We were the Early Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year!
- Have we mentioned how many great people have come through our doors?
- We posted a few sunset photos
- We are a Little Free Library location
- We installed the directional signs to our nearest winery neighbors
- Wayne fixed our Winery sign!!!
We are very grateful to everyone that has helped us, cared for us, and prayed for us. We have grown closer as a couple, we have grown closer to this community, and we have grown closer to many of you. Thank you for making 2018 a successful year for us, and please stay with us in 2019, we have some big plans!!!
Enter as Strangers; Leave as Friends!
Brown County has just over 900 businesses according to the Texas Workforce Commission. The Brownwood Municipal Development District website shows that almost 80% of the businesses in Brownwood, TX have fewer than 10 employees. Yet these small businesses are battling every day with big box stores and internet giants like Amazon.
The message from Small Business Saturday is ‘Shop Small.’ There are so many great options here. Restaurants, boutiques, salons, fitness studios and so many more! Many of these businesses know you by name and treat you like family. Need something last minute? You would be surprised to see how many have an online store for you to use 24/7!
What does this mean to you? These business owners are actively involved in the community and they give back to the community. A study from the National Federation of Independent Business shows that over 90 percent, contribute each year to their communities through volunteering, in-kind contributions, and/or direct cash donations. When you shop out-of-town, these retailers have no commitment to Brown County.
Many of these owners are leaders in the community, coaches, volunteers and so on. By shopping local you can “pay it forward” by ensuring that the money stays in Brown County. It creates continuous improvements, which make Brown County a better place to live.
Spirit of Texas Winery has had a goal to focus on giving back. From our monthly Bingo for Charity events to silent auction giveaways and donations, we enjoy supporting our community. We have partnered with some wonderful local non-profits that provide tremendous services to our community. So far this year, we have raised/donated over $9,000 to these local non-profits. We are looking forward to our continued commitment to this community that has supported us during our first 20 months.
Bingo for Charity Night
The best reason to Shop Local? You’re going to feel good knowing that you’re supporting a local entrepreneur and your community! It’s a Win Win for everyone!!
With the first weekend of Texas Wine Month approaching, October is a beautiful month to make plans to visit some Texas Wineries! Spirit of Texas Winery is one of over 430 wineries in Texas and the only one in Brown County. Each one has its own uniqueness, story & beauty. If you haven’t had a chance, you need to start visiting some! The wine industry in Texas employs over 100,000 people and Texas wineries see over 1.7 million visitors per year. So when you buy Texas wines, you’re supporting the Texas economy too!
The most important to know is that you don’t have to be a wine expert to visit a winery. It’s all about finding something you like. On your first visit to a winery or if it’s been over a year, your best option is to try a tasting. A tasting gives you a chance to try some samples of several of their wines. Although many grocery stores, liquor stores and even wine bars are carrying a larger selection of Texas wines, the only way to see all of their wine is by visiting the winery.
You can find a thorough list of Texas wineries at www.uncorktexaswines.com or use The Texas Wine Lovers Map at: www.txwinelover.com. Your first step is to determine where you want to travel. Then look at the wineries along your route. Before you leave is the time for some research. Go to their websites & Facebook pages to see their hours and what they have to offer. Plan an hour or two per winery. The tasting room staff is there to help you learn about the wine and hopefully find something you like. Get ready for a fun adventure and some great memories.
- Be responsible – have a designated driver
- Have an answer to the question, “What kind of wine do you like?” or let them know you’re new to wine tastings
- Do your homework online before your trip
- Bring a valid ID
- Some wineries don’t accept walk-ins, only appointments
- Verify their hours in advance
- Don’t show up with a large group unexpectedly
- Go early, especially on weekends
- Dress comfortably and bring a jacket
- Avoid anything that interferes with your sense of smell (strong perfume)
- Avoid eating/drinking anything that will impact your taste buds (gum / coffee)
- Most wineries are non-smoking
- Bring bottled water
- If it’s hot, bring a cooler to protect your purchases
- Most wineries are family friendly, but make sure you have things to keep the kids busy
- Some wineries allow dogs, check beforehand
- Plan to eat during your trip, some offer food, others allow you to bring food
- Remember it’s a winery, other alcohol is not allowed
How to Taste Wine
- Take your time, enjoy it
- Look at the color
- Swirl & smell it
- Taste it, take a small sip
- Swirl and taste again
- Write your notes
- Cleanse your palate before each wine
At the winery:
- Start at the counter, find out how to get started
- No cell phone use during the tasting
- Consider sharing tastings
- Try new, unfamiliar things
- Don’t be afraid to use dump bucket
- Ask questions, there’s so much to learn
- Most wineries have relaxing atmospheres, be respectful of that
- Take notes, you’ll want to look back at them
- Share your visit on social media
- Leave reviews on Facebook, Yelp, Google & Trip Advisor
- Have fun, it should be a great experience
- Ask the winery for recommendations for your next stop including local restaurants.
- If you like it, buy a bottle or two
- If you really like it, check into their wine club
Some Tasting Terms
- Alcohol percentage: is a standard measure of how much alcohol is contained in a given volume of an alcoholic beverage.
- Aroma: The wine’s total smell, including changes that resulted from oak aging or that occurred in the bottle.
- Appellation: is a legally defined and protected geographical indication used to identify where the grapes for a wine were grown
- DRY: Having no perceptible taste of sugar. Most wine tasters begin to perceive sugar at levels of 0.5 percent to 0.7 percent.
- RESIDUAL SUGAR: Unfermented grape sugar in a finished wine.
- SULFITES: Naturally occurring component produced by the yeast during fermentation. Sulfites are found in nearly all wines.
- VINTAGE DATE: Indicates the year that wine grapes were harvested.
As many of you know, we’re a work in progress. Our overall plan is slowly coming to fruition. Over the past few months we’ve heard a number of people say they were told something along the line of; ‘don’t let the outside fool you, you’ll love the inside.’ Even though we knew that we were lacking ‘curb appeal’, we didn’t realize (or want to admit) that it was that bad! [🙂] Another concern was that many people mentioned they had a tough time finding us. So the entrance project went to the top of our list (a very long list by the way).
Our thought was to have a typical central Texas stone entrance so we reached out for recommendations for stone masons. We began getting quotes. Meanwhile, we started with an easy option, adding our name over the gate. One of our Wine Club Members owns Double Diamond Iron & Woodworks. Within a week, Wayne cut out our name on his plasma cutter and had it installed. He also made two flag poles, something we’ve been wanting since we’ve opened. It looked so good and everyone loved it.
The search was on for entrances that utilized metal. Most metal entrances were decorative metal, which isn’t really our look. We finally found a photo of a fence using corrugated metal with gabion posts. We knew that would fit us. We shared it with Wayne and he was on board. He sketched out a design. He knew of some corrugated metal that came off a roof, perfect fit for our repurposed design theme. We went looking for wire that we could use to make the gabion posts. We then searched for rocks that would be larger than the openings in the gabion posts. Each column has about 1,200 pounds of rock in them. Wayne wanted the frame to look as solid as the posts, so he used 4” square tubing. He felt something was missing; a focal point. So he added our logo in the center of both sides of the entrance. It’s 4 feet in diameter, offset with a band around it. That was exactly what was needed!
Wayne started on Monday, July 23, 2018 and it was a hot week. They pushed through it and completed the project on Friday. It was the talk of the tasting room all weekend! Not only did the design transform our entrance, the look was a perfect complement to our design style inside! There is still work to be done on the entrance, but we are a work in progress!
Welcome to Spirit of Texas Winery!
Everyone has told us the first year would be the hardest, let’s sure hope so! While it was a tough year, it was also very rewarding. We have met SO many wonderful people, which has been our biggest blessing. The sign over our door; “enter as strangers, leave as friends” was a gift from one of our new friends. When we hung it, we didn’t realize how well it applied to Spirit of Texas Winery. We have seen so many people make new friendships during their visit. Our goal was to have a place that everyone feels welcomed, it looks like we’re getting there.
If you’ve been inside, hopefully you’ve had time to look at the photos on the TV screens. It started off with just some pictures of us as we got the place ready to open. It has grown to over 400 photos of our guests and how they have become part of our story! We still look at them every day.
[A Year of Photos]
A Year of Photos
Here’s a year recap in 1000 words, or so:
Our first day of business was Thursday, April 6th, 2017. We were so much busier than we had expected. My brother and his wife drove up from Houston to support us. Our first event was our vine planting party. We planted 400 vines near the highway. Our first project to tackle after opening was installing gutters and rainwater harvesting tanks. It took a couple of weeks before we got rain, but when it did it filled two 2,500 gallon tanks in a matter of hours.
For our joint ribbon cutting (Brownwood and Early Chambers), we were appreciative that staff from Brennan Vineyards and Brian & Kim from the Winery at Willow Creek went out of their way to attend. We held our Grand Opening the following day. Moira’s sister Lisa and her daughter came up from Friendswood, TX to help us and we were surprised to have several family members come out to show their support.
The quote ‘Build it and they will come’ might have worked in the Field of Dreams, but not always here. We have had many days that were just us. We made the most of our downtime by spending it planning and or working outside (and maybe even practicing the hook & ring game). During our first 8 months, we had many people come in on slow days and say ‘we really hope you guys make it.’ That phrase always scared us. One thing that our out-of-town guests have told us, they made their decision to come visit us after reading the positive reviews about us on Facebook, Yelp or Trip Advisor. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to write these reviews.
Many of you know that we have bees. We added 3 hives in 2017. They have been a fun diversion. Our winery dogs have become pretty popular too. Lily is our lover and Gunner is our hello and he’s off greeter. Our seasonal attraction is the hummingbirds. They are fascinating to watch.
In September our highway signs were finally installed. One of our challenges this first year was dealing with the road construction. There have been several days that traffic has been re-routed, diverting it completely away from our stretch of the highway. It was the perfect photo opportunity to set up a table & chairs in the middle of the highway while enjoying a glass of wine.
In October we built and bought some Patio Games. We have a fun collection: checkers, tic/tac/toe, giant Jenga, 2 bag toss games, giant connect 4 and washers. The games have been a great way to bring families and friends together. Hearing the laughter, the competitive spirits, and the even the crashing of the Jenga game makes us happy.
Our event schedule started ramping up in the fall, trying a little of everything. The Pixie Plum has been a frequent favorite, as well as Brownwood Arts Muse & Merlot, our Sip & Shops, and many others. We are always trying to have some fun things going on at the winery that are open to everyone. You can easily follow our event schedule either on Facebook or our website. Here are some of the upcoming events: National Wine Day, Pixie Plum Round Door Hanger Sign Painting, Potluck Sunday (really fun), National Leave The Office Early Day, Best Friends Day, Yoga at the Winery, Nacho Ordinary Father’s Day, It’s National Selfie Day & Painting with Friends.
We continue to work hard to get this small winery exposure throughout the state by attending several well-known wine festivals. Our first festival was the Brady Goat Cook-off and Wine Fest. What a great learning experience. Some others were: Midlothian, Georgetown, San Saba, Hamilton, United Estates in Florence, Taylor and Brownwood’s own Corks & Caps!!! We would not be able to have pulled these off without the help of many volunteers.
The community has really embraced us. In 2017 we had several charitable events. In 2018 we decided to make a concentrated effort to give back to the community! Our goal is to support local non-profit organizations. We have accomplished this by having our monthly Bingo for Charity events. Each month a non-profit is selected and receives 100% of the bingo card sales. As of May 20th, 2018, we have raised/donated over $5,000 for the year!
Brian got a tractor (nuff said)!
In March of 2018, we were excited to begin a relationship with Sarimah and Todd at the Harvest Restaurant! The Harvest is located in Comanche and is an excellent restaurant that works with local farmers to provide unique menu with delicious food. We were thrilled that they asked to carry some of our wines. The Harvest is currently the only place that you can purchase Spirit of Texas wines outside of our tasting room!
It seems that word has gotten out that we’re a new place to host get-togethers. . This year we have hosted a number of baby/bridal showers, anniversaries, birthday parties, retirement celebrations, work gatherings and reunions. We were delighted to host 2 events that seated over 60 and utilized local caterers.
We are working hard to meet our customers’ needs. Our new Frozen Machine has been a big hit especially with hot Texas weather. We have enjoyed gradually adding unique gift items that fit our style. In April we added a new wine, Rip Roaring Red. It’s our first wine with Spirit of Texas Winery on the label! Although it’s only been available for a month, we have been delighted with the positive comments.
Rip Roaring Red
We are a ‘work in progress.’ Our project list continues to grow faster than we can keep up with! Expanding our parking area was a high priority. There were several occasions that we had to delay opening because we worried that our customers would get stuck. It’s so nice and a huge relief too.
A special thank you goes out to those that have become part of our Founder’s Club. Joining our Founder’s Club includes an $800 investment with an annual $100 renewal. The benefits include your name on our Founder’s plaque, a glass of wine per day, 25% off all wine & merchandise and more. Being on a tight budget, we’re trying to save money for our improvement projects; new entrance, landscaping, cement patio & pavilion, vineyard site prep and back patio area (pergola, fire pit & stonework).
Things are getting busy around here. We’re looking forward to starting our 2nd year in business, we have some big goals set for 2018! Brian lost his mother at the beginning of the month, so we postponed our anniversary event until May.
Price quotes are coming in for expanding our parking area and for our stone entrance wall. Our vines that we planted last year, took a hit last weekend from the frost. It will take a few weeks to know the extent of the damage. Supplies have been ordered for our trellis system. The end post should be set next week and hopefully the tension wire too. We’re also working on getting our well set up!
One of our goals for 2018 is to increase or support of the community. So far this year, we have raised/donated over $3,500 to local non-profits through our Bingo for Charity, silent auction items and donations.
We made joining our Wine Club more enticing. We now offer free shipping for Wine Club Members on any orders of 4, 6 or 12 bottles. And we are able to ship to the following states: AK, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, MN, MO, NV, NM, NC, OH & TX!
More events are coming, find them on our Facebook Page or Website Events Page.
Our neighbor stopped by last week and gave us a sign to hang. We just loved the saying and thought it would be perfect for our entrance. I quickly hung it while Sandra was still here.
Before we started construction earlier this year, we knew that we wanted a place that was relaxing, not intimidating or stuffy in any way. Being able to use so much reclaimed materials that were on the property (wood & tin) to build out our tasting room, gave it a truly rustic Texas charm. Many guests are surprised on their first visit to discover a tasting room that is so warm and inviting. We often hear: ‘Wow this is nice’ and ‘The pictures don’t do it justice.’ As much as we appreciate those kind words, there’s nothing we enjoy more than the sound of laughter as friends enjoy time together.
The Enter As Strangers Leave As Friends sign hangs over the only entrance to the tasting room, so we notice it several times per day. The more we looked at it, the more the saying resonated with us! The majority of the time, Moira and I are able to visit with everyone that stops by. We really look forward to being able to talk with all of our guests. We are humbled by how many know our story before they arrive. Just this past Sunday we had a couple of groups enjoying themselves in the tasting room. It wasn’t long before people that had never met were visiting and sharing stories.
We have had many challenges since we started this venture and we realize there are many obstacles ahead but they all worth it when you look at the new relationships we’ve made! If you haven’t come to see us yet, we hope you plan a trip. We think you’ll enjoy it and that you’ll leave as a Friend!