• Michele Martinez

Making Changes

Front Porch Charcuterie was started to show people how to make charcuterie boards. The premise of the business was to get people back together, on their front porches; back yards; decks; etc. We had gotten so far away from the importance of family and friends and spending time together just talking; playing games; enjoying each other's company. Showing people how to make these boards so they could spend more time with family and friends instead of in the kitchen is what I was all about.


Then along came COVID-19. Scaring the daylights out of everyone and yet throwing everyone back to what was really important. Time with family. Simplifying life; having to talk through what was scaring us; meals together; getting to know each other on a completely different level.


Businesses had to either shift or close. I decided to shift mine...by developing smaller boxes for 1 to 2-4. My feeling was if you had to be home, why not have something pretty and yummy to enjoy and could be delivered to you. This took off far more than I ever anticipated due to posts from some very special friends and the joy they brought. I have been able to meet the most incredible people and have had the most incredible experiences doing this.


Because I am building this business as I head toward retirement, I needed to re-evaluate what I am doing. I had to break down each box and board to what I was ordering for the vessels to the utensils to the food. And what I found was I was just about breaking even and in some cases, losing a bit. Don't get me wrong, serving others and bringing joy is what this is about, but if I am doing this for retirement, I need to have a bit of an income with it as well. So I have made the decision to increase my prices and add a delivery fee. This was not an easy decision for me and any of you who know me, know I did not take this lightly.


I appreciate all the love and support you have all given me and look forward to our continued growing friendships!


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