It has been many months since I have posted on this blog. Many exciting things have happened since Spring! We opened The Redheads Cafe & Tasting Room offering again the favorite breakfast and lunch from our beloved Kejara’s Bridge menu! We were only planning on serving breakfast on Sassy Sundays, however, folks from near and far were SO excited about getting their bridge bagels and sassy scrams, we just had to do it everyday we were open! Thank you all you motivators! We are beyond thrilled to have the Cafe open and seeing all your sweet faces! We have also decided to stay open as long as folks keep coming in so help us SPREAD THE WORD (no pun intended here:) and remind everyone we are open Wednesday through Sunday, 8am to 5pm, serving breakfast and lunch ALL day! Christen Kelly Landry is BACK in the kitchen at the Cafe and is cooking up a storm! She is serving breakfast and lunch specials everyday, making incredible soups, and is really happy about being back in the county, digging in to Leelanau and all it’s brilliant peeps! Sassy Sister’s Unite!
We also launched our four hummus flavors in 90 Kroger stores in Michigan and Indiana! This was a HUGE deal for The Redheads. We are still working out all the delivery and demo’s to get the word out, but as we know from 17 years in business, it is YOU who makes the WORD go round! (Ok, I know I am hammering the REDword angle, but really it is just happening here!) Again, I ask for your continued support in sharing our products with friends and family.
We also are entering in the holiday season, as today is shop LOCAL day! Please take a look at our additions to our favorite picks for our Lovely Leelanau Box, as well as some new boxes added to the website! We can custom make anything! I am thrilled to have my cousin Jessica Irwin, helping me through the holiday season. Let her and I make gift giving easy, special, while supporting a small town local business!
So that is the scoop on the business! Here is the rest of the goods on me and my family, my county life and such! I am in New Hampshire right now, on the tale end of our week out here visiting Aaron’s family. It has been a great trip as usual, seeing all the NH Ryder’s, eating LOTS of food (we are not allowed to come out here with out a cooler full of hummus for all the family and friends…they freeze it and pull as needed. They say that they can’t eat any of the other hummus’ out there and it is all our fault! Punishment? Must bring hummus!) watching our daughter Olive play with her cousin Mia, and Wyn get along famously with his cousin Phinn (yup, Wyn and Phinn Ryder), playing poker and dominos, watching baseball, and hiking in the great “Back East”!
It is a fantastic time of year to reflect and be grateful. My top quote that I say often is, “It is impossible to be unhappy and grateful at the same time”. This life mantra has brought so much perspective and simplicity to my life. I am so grateful for where I live. Not everyone always knows that they are suppose to live where they are. There is no place I would rather live, do business, and raise my children and be a part of a very special community. I am blessed to be able to be a part of the Leland Volleyball and Basketball programs as a coach. Being involved with the school has brought me so much joy and has filled my competitive bucket, as well as given me the opportunity to work with young woman and their self esteem. These sports/programs taught me so many life lessons that have helped me be successful in my business and life. THANK YOU.
I am also grateful for my work. It is very time consuming (7days a week:) and very challenging, but I can’t imagine anything that would satisfy my hunger for doing something that makes a difference, involves incredible people, tempt pallets, and encourages me to be creative. We have been thinking about our impact since the beginning. We insist on being a part of the sustainable cycle, and the community. This is what makes my work so satisfying and allows my passion for “great” a reality. This job also allows me to do so many different things, and be challenged by them all. I am a soul that is a mover and a shaker…and as the president of this sweet company, I am always moving!!! THANK YOU.
I am also a part of a family. This is the core of my being. My daughter and son are the link that makes me the most connected to everything. I watch them when they sleep, I play dino-opoly with them, watch the sunset with them, cruise down the Leland river or the Narrows in our 1954 Lonestar aluminum boat (named Live Free Or Die:), help them with their homework, be a part of their special, vivacious hearts. I am also married to a man that I am still very much in love with….and would need to be to get through all the learning curves we have been through the last 15 years together. I don’t know a better man. I am committed to continue this journey together and grow and learn in parenthood, in our individual journeys, and together, laughing all the way! As for my parents and sisters, I couldn’t be more fortunate. I have four sisters that are my truest best friends, and the most loving and supportive Mother and Father one could imagine. As far as the rest of the Landry’s, Irwin’s, & Ryder’s as well as our family of friends~ what a fantastic crew of inspiring, loving people. THANK YOU.
Last but not least, I would send an ode out to my beloved Tulich Na Criose, aka Tully, my 13 year old dog that Aaron and I had to put to sleep this past July. Tully was my dearest friend, unconditionally giving and our first “baby”. I can not put words to the deep loss my heart experienced. But what I can do is also be grateful for loss as it has always asked me to understand that life is short, precious and just a mush of many moments. May I seek the beauty in the moments in life, stop to breathe in the brilliance of the sacredness of being alive! May I respect the cycle of life, death and loss being just as important as light and love. I am grateful the 13 years that I had with him. I am grateful for the beauty boy Mosey Mose, our new puppy and the moments of life that someway, somehow, I am fortunate enough to be a part of…THANK YOU.
Until next time my friends…all the best to you and yours~
Sarah F. Landry Ryder