Almost a year ago I promised to write a blog 'regularly', if not often. That was before. Before the renovations, before opening on Fastnacht as if it wasn't a big deal, and certainly before Covid-19 became an issue. Since my last post was in March, I can't even fall back on saying "once a quarter is regularly".
Here we are on Thanksgiving day 2020, and if I needed an excuse to write, all I had to do was spend some time thinking about all we have to be thankful for. It didn't take long, I can tell you.
I can start with the great staff we've assembled since we opened in February. It hasn't been a straight line from then to where we are now, but we have one of the best collections of talented, dedicated and genuinely nice employees it's ever been my privilege to work with. I really can't say it often enough - we couldn't do it without them.
I'm also grateful for the amazing community in Easton, from the neighbors and local business owners and contractors I've worked with to the police, fire and first-aid responders who are constantly on the job keeping us safe. It's not easy to move to a new place and instantly feel like part of the community, but in this case it took no time at all. The folks in City Hall and the Mayor's office also deserve special thanks for rallying in support of local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Those efforts have made it possible for us to continue to operate in conditions that could easily have led to failure.
We're also personally thankful for our immediate and extended families, without whose support we most definitely would not have been able to continue. Add to that the fact that we've so far been spared from the worst effects of the virus. Our hearts go out to those who have lost friends and family members during the pandemic or who have been displaced from work.
Most of all, we're thankful for our customers. We understand that we took over a treasured piece of Easton's culture and history when we came to run Easton Baking Company, and we've tried hard to maintain the quality and service you'd come to expect from this landmark. So to those of you who have stuck with us through our opening fiasco, through long lines, through Covid restrictions; you who've waited for cakes and are still waiting for stick bread and nonnie cookies; who may have been disappointed once (or twice) but came back again anyway; and especially you who have given us feedback about our products and service - Thank you very much, sincerely.
Please enjoy Thanksgiving and stay safe. We hope to see you over the holidays!
Eric and Chris