SONDER Build Out Week 10


Can you believe we made it this far? This last week of build out was so packed and amazingly productive. There were ups and downs, but looking back all that matters is that we made it! We had a goal to soft open for a friends and family night at the end of the week, but still had to finish last minute things. Some built out and decor, then getting our occupancy licenses and food/beverage license based on final inspections from the city. Everything came together the day before, and it was a huge milestone and load off our shoulders. We. made. it to SONDER Build Out Week 10!!! Here are some moments for you all:

SONDER Build Out Week 10

It felt so good to get everything passed and signed, head over to the office and get our OCCUPANCY PERMIT!!! Those final inspections were so nerve-wracking… we were praying like crazy! They say the final ones are the hardest, but they went smoother for us than any other ones actually. Maybe it’s because of the changes we had to make in the previous inspections…

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

I didn’t enjoy my time as a construction worker, haha. Part of it’s because I don’t totally prefer chaotic, messy things. I couldn’t wait for everything to be done and clean — I was so excited to stock and organize! I actually couldn’t even sleep because I was thinking of where everything should go… and then I couldn’t sleep because I was worried I’d walk in one day and the shelves would be gone and everything would broken on the floor, and possibly an employee too… but that’s besides the point.

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

My friend Abby helped plant each of our plants and succulents, she did such a cute job!! At first I figured I’d put them directly into the pots as below… but she took the care and time to make them SO much better. I love her =]

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

Just the green touch of life SONDER needs.

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

My good friend Deb who’s been helping me with design consulting elements set everything in the right place.

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

We got our first batch of coffee from Corvus Coffee Roasters! This is good stuff right here!

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

And we set up our kombucha on tap from Happy Leaf!

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

Then we had an official milk training from Doug at Corvus here in our shop.

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

Crazy right? Here we are, all set up and ready to go.

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

SONDER Build Out on Dream|a|Latte

Where do I even start? I’m short of words, caught up in the whirlwind, ecstatic that we made it to our goal. And even so, the journey has hardly begun! I’ll continue to write the continuing adventure here on Dream|a|Latte. It means so much for all of you to follow along, and if you’re in the Denver area, I’d love for you to stop by! It’s now time to celebrate with a Grand Opening!

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4 Comments

  1. Congratulations!!! i have been following along in your journey and so impressed with what you have done in a year without any previous training! Makes me realize more than ever that it is possible for me and I shouldn’t let anyone take my dream from me! Wish I was in the area to stop by, good luck on this new exciting venture!

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    • Julia

      Thanks so much Tamara! I can hardly believe it myself… even realizing that nothing is truly impossible.. Keep me posted on your journey as well. If you’re ever in the Denver area, please come on by!

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  2. You rock!
    I just found your fantastic blog and I’m reading it from the start… as I, too, am embarking upon a similar journey. I couldn’t help but ‘turn to the last page’ to see where you guys are and I’m so thrilled to see that you are ready to open the doors!
    Back to the beginning I go to take the journey with you… looking for a kindred spirit with whom to move forward with.
    I wish you every success!!

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    • Julia

      Oh that’s awesome to hear!! Thanks so much! Keep me updated on your ventures as well =] Thanks for the comment!

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