Signing on the Dotted Line
Entrepreneurs go through a lot in preparation of starting a new business: market research, business planning, cash flow projections, etc. I’m always impressed by the courage and enthusiasm shown by businesses that are willing to make the commitment to move forward with a new idea.
The Port of Columbia has had the honor of working with many artisan food entrepreneurs over the past couple of years, and we are excited to announce that six businesses have been offered letters of commitment to locate in Blue Mountain Station’s first building, the Artisan Food Center. Now comes the scary part…making the decision to sign on the dotted line.
Today I’d like to tell you about one business that has already done just that: Gypsy Girl Granola has accepted the commitment offer and is ready to locate at the Artisan Food Center!
Gypsy Girl Granola creates gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free vegan granola products that have been sold primarily at regional farmers markets up to this point. The granola has been produced at the Pasco Commercial Kitchen, but owner Suzi Tasker is ready to take the business to the next level and believes Blue Mountain Station will help her business grow. She plans to expand products and grow both the wholesale and retail sectors of her business. Suzi most recently sold products at the Historic Train Depot during Dayton’s Christmas Kickoff event, and her products are currently available at the Village Shoppes in downtown Dayton.
Suzi, her husband Duane, and son Noa moved to Dayton recently and are getting settled into the community. Noa started kindergarten last week, and in the typical close-knit manner of rural communities, I’ve already heard from my own great-nephew Will about his “new friend Noa” from kindergarten that he loves to play with. Gotta love small-town life!
The Port of Columbia and Dayton welcome Suzi, her family, and her business to town. Read more about Gypsy Girl Granola on her Facebook page and in an article featured in the Walla Walla Union Bulletin last weekend.