As we prepare to open our doors to a new year, we thought we’d take some time to reflect on 2018 and some of our hopes for the year ahead.
2018 – the highs
As some of you might know, we began 2018 with excitement and nervousness. We were excited that our business had survived its first five months and was looking like being on the right track, and we were equally nervous. We were about to become first time parents. As Hana took maternity leave at the start of the year to welcome Baby Hawk, we were so lucky to have Steph join the team, confident in her many wonderful abilities.
The early part of the year was a blur, managing a new baby, long hours at the cafe for Kenny and a growing business. We were – and continue to be – really grateful to our customers and community for not only continuing to support our cafe, but of their understanding of and respect for our family life. As the year wore on, the Little Hawk team grew, making the cafe the friendly, vibrant place you enjoy. We know you love Ky, Tess, Sasha, Tasmin and Connie as much as we do!
We were able to grow our catering portfolio to include local and state government as well as private and corporate.
2018 – the lows
While we had many reasons to be thankful during 2018, there were also many challenging times. In June, Kenny’s dad passed away in Scotland and yet he persevered through this time with grace under fire at the cafe. A new baby, like a business, requires constant input and there were times we felt like we couldn’t keep up. Energy levels started to wane, sleep deprivation kicked in, we found ourselves questioning our decision to open a business with a new baby, while managing the challenges of daily life.
At times we questioned our decision to open a business with a new baby
We made the decision to close at Christmas for a much needed break, and a resolve to take more time for our family in 2019.
The year ahead
This year, we look forward to continuing to provide a home away from home at Little Hawk. Somewhere you can enjoy some time out, in good company, with delicious food and coffee. We’re excited about more creative daily specials, some changes to our menu and the possibility of pop-up nights (watch this space!). We will continue to expand the catering wing of our business too. This year, you will see some new faces in the kitchen and out the front as we grow.
We’ve definitely learnt a lot over the last 18 months of Little Hawk, all of which have been invaluable – though not all easy! What’s that saying? Whatever doesn’t kill you, will only make you stronger…
Here’s to 2019!