Thanks for your questions. I have managed to squeak into a year round location by getting into a coffee shop that went out of business. It is a good location near a large active corporate community (Great Valley Corporate Center in Malvern Pa). Unfortunately, the kitchen is not equipped with a hood and ansul system so we have had to modify the menu until I can fund the renovations. I have been open a week now and I`m getting lots of visits from customers from my shore location. They are all asking about some of the items that are missing from the menu and I let them know they will be coming in a couple months.
I have pursued traditional funding through a bank line of credit on the building, SBA loans and microloans, and hard money loans.
Right now the building at the seasonal location is up for sale and it breaks my heart but it must be done to move the business forward. I have no doubt that the year round location will be successful, but with no ability to tap the equity in the building we have fallen into a cash crisis. The purchase of the building was to use the equity to move the business. As much as I would like to keep the seasonal location for the exposure and free publicity it brings to Dixie Picnic and the brand, I can`t sacrifice the business for the building.
Sorry for the late reply. I`ve been working day and night getting this second location up and running. Even though we`ve only been open a week, I already have lots of repeat customers. My customers have always been my best advertisement.