Friday, September 18, 2009

it is time.

pheh. it's done.

since january we've been working on a big project. and it's been a long and exhausting run. but it's also been fantastic in many ways. tonight, we open for the first time and our emotions are running high.


here is "hq" (headquarters), or j dawgs new home. it's adjacent to where we are now (858 north 700 east in provo). this new space represents a new era for us and j dawgs, and we'd be lying if we said we weren't nervous.

the shack has been really good to us. i don't think anyone could be more attached to a 10'x10' building than we are to it. jayson and i met here, spent part of our first date here, and many many hours here. it's kind of a third person in our marriage, but in a good way. at the shack we have met people from all different walks of life and made some of our best friends.

but we've outgrown it. we can't continue to operate efficiently here. it's just too small.

so we're opening up next door. it has indoor seating, a bathroom, a heater/ac, a 12 head pepsi machine, a tv to watch cougar football, and everything else you might want in a hot dog establishment. except it's not the shack, and that makes us a little sad. but we've felt multiple times that this is the right move for us and we need to make it. so we have trusted in that and moved forward.

tonight we open for those who have helped us finish this project. and as long as we don't blow it up tonight, we open tomorrow for everyone else. we're so excited.

we still don't know the future of the shack. we will keep it (absolutely), and figure out it's new role in j dawgs soon. to go orders? car hop? a new food product all together? not sure, but it's ours and no one will take it from us.

until then, come see us at 858 north 700 east. it's beautiful inside.

19 comments:

kjo said...

Woot-woot! Heids, it looks amazing! I'm breaking my long habit of only lurking to finally post a comment...just have to tell you how impressive it sounds and how I wish I could come for a dawg. Luv ya, Kim

Frankman's said...

Congratulations! Sounds exciting!

buttercup said...

Yeah Heidi! We'll be sure to bring the kids to the new place!

Kim said...

Congrats! That is amazing! I'm very excited for you and I'm sure it's fantastic! Can't wait to stop by!

And by the way, I think you're a FABULOUS writer! I always love reading your posts! :)

shannon said...

Can't wait!!! And I'd love to get a JDawg shirt!! Are they for sale???
xoxo

Christa Jeanne said...

Yay, J-Dawgs!!! Sooooo exciting. I can't wait to come check it out!

Ruth said...

way to go Heidi!

janae said...

Congrats, you guys! I can't believe it's already done. Holy cow. I'm hoping to come down Monday for lunch to see Ruth, and I can't wait to go to the new local. Good luck!

ps. Sam and I would definitely be up for getting some shirts to be walking advertisements. So I ditto Shannon's question - are they for sale?

Sharalea said...

YAY!! Congratulations--this is HUGE! Can't wait to see it whenever we're in town next!!

Josh and Jolie said...

I am thrilled for you both, this is a major leap into the darkness, but trust in those warm, fuzzy feelings the Lord has sent you. Everything will work out fine.
What a memorable era in your relationship together.

Here's to not blowing up the place tonight. ;-)

Heather said...

Major Congrats!!! I hope all goes well for you tonight! You guys work so hard and make anything work. I bet it feels good to see things expanding and growing!

Good luck and I cannot wait to come by and see the new place!

The Livingstones said...

It looks great! I can't wait to go inside. Next time we're in provo, we'd like to be paying customers.
PS - ian is wearing his jdawgs shirt today. maybe mae called and clued him in.
ALSO - i'd like to see you on roller skates, delivering dogs!

jess said...

That is awesome! I can't wait until I come up to Provo next. I am TOTALLY coming by! I feel like a celebrity because I know you haha.
Luv, Cuz Jess 10e

. said...

I really hope you don't blow up the place tonight ;D!!! Can't wait to come and check it out! Congratulations. You and Jayson deserve it!

Kris and Kally said...

I got a little emotional reading this post! I too have many memories with the shack...but I'm so excited you've taken this leap of faith! I hope it works out splendidly! I'll be sure to stop by when I head to Utah next!

Love you all and good luck!

sarah said...

Many congrats and good luck!

Terry said...

Heidi and Jayson, we are soooo excited for you! Congratulations on an amazing project. You will be a huge success. I know it.
Lanner (Anne's nickname for Lance) and I are going to come see you real soon!!! We miss you tons! xoxo Mama Robert

darcie said...

That's awesome! I'm so excited for you guys! Next time we're in Utah we are definitely coming in for a J Dawg. Congrats on your new space!

Shelley said...

Oh yay. Maybe this is a good reason to come to Utah? This is amazing. Who would have thought. I keep feeling like the longer J Dawgs keeps on serving up dawgs, the longer my college experience at Skyview seems to hang, suspended in time. Good memories. I love how you keep the motif retro-it fits the sentimentality which is what makes your business so fantastic. You guys are genius. POST MORE PICTURES!