Starting a business isn't for the faint of heart


This post has been under development -- or should I say, under the influence of procrastination -- since our last blog post in June.  Why the delay? The fact is, while there’s plenty to talk about, there’s one thing we can’t discuss, and it has taken me time to wrap my head around it.

Since our last post, we’ve been busily setting more and more gears in motion that will, ultimately, bring our Urban Alchemy dream to life.  With your help, we selected and announced the Arlington AISD Education Foundation as our first-ever philanthropic partner. We introduced three additional coffee blends, launched Legal Alchemy coffee stout with our friends at Legal Draft, and created our first UA merch. We received our construction permit and our TABC license. Early last week, we kicked off the school year with a talk (and coffee!) with Corey Academy teachers and administrators, and this weekend we’re scheduled to participate in Taste of Arlington.

But the thing we can’t discuss is the progress on our building... because there hasn’t been any.  And if we’re keeping it real, that’s been pretty frustrating.

Of course, no one’s at fault. For one completely valid reason, then another, then another, the construction has been delayed, which means we’ve been forced to delay our first, second and probably third anticipated opening dates.

As a very optimistic person, I tend to expect things to work out according to Plan A. When we got started on the execution of our business plan in earnest last summer, I believed we could move from idea to reality fairly quickly. Since then, I’ve learned two very valuable lessons. First and foremost, starting a business takes longer than you’d expect. Second, even in a seemingly perfectly ironed-out plan, there’s always at least one, small wrinkle.

It’s not that I’ve simply learned to expect the unexpected but to do so gratefully.  I’ve never done this before, so I’m learning as I go. Plan B, as it turns out, is a normal part of the process, and it’s a normal part of progress.

Starting a business is not for the faint of heart, but it is very much a labor of love.

The good news today is that in spite of some fits and starts over the last couple of months, the gears of progress are now turning! Construction on the Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar building is on the visible horizon. After abating small amounts of asbestos in the existing structure, we’ll be off to the races.

Even though the process hasn’t happened according to my exact plan, I’m writing this blog in gratitude that I’ve had the opportunity to follow my dream in accordance to God’s  Plan and in His time. Thanks also to you for following along this journey with Nicole and me. The support you’ve given us has made it easier to navigate the ups and downs, and we can’t thank you enough.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Next up: The Alchemist


Tony Rutigliano