A Much Better Way to Close Out 2020

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

I have a standing Tuesday morning "date" to walk Captain with a buyer client who owns a small business.  Sarah owns a creative and delicious ice cream store with two locations, Sarah's Hand Made Ice Cream.  She started her first store about a year and a half ago, and was so successful that she was  encouraged by friends, family, and the Bethesda community at large to open a second store, about three miles away.  The second store was supposed to open last summer but with the COVID delays, it didn't open until late fall of 2019.  Her daughter Annie runs the second location.

To my mind, it takes a lot of courage to open an ice cream store in the middle of the late fall in a pandemic. .Fortunately Sarah has that courage - and it helps that she makes delicious and inventive small batch ice cream!  My daughter's favorite this Christmas was Sarah's Santa's Gingerbread ice cream - rich with chunks of gingerbread and perked up even more with red and green sprinkles. 

I think my favorite of all time is Sarah's rose ice cream - tinted a pale pink and tasting just like you decided to chew a rose petal or two.  The Dark and Stormy ice cream and the Ginger Zinger (with chunks of candied ginger) are pretty tempting too - and I can't forget the seasonal spiced Eggnog ice cream either.

Sarah brings such joy to the community.  She said she was open until 5 on Christmas Eve and the customers kept coming - relieved that she was still open.  She stayed late on New Years Eve too - providing that special smile that only ice cream can provide.

Sarah told me this morning that she celebrated New Years Eve with her daughter by looking back at the success she had achieved in 2020.  The stores had thrived. Her staff was happy - although there had been a few COVID incidents. She is blessed with a wonderful daughter who works with her and shares her vision. Sarah's Hand Made Ice Cream was named the best ice cream store in Bethesda.

Many Americans spent New Year's Eve rejoicing that 2020 was over and behind us.  I think Sarah's way was very wise.  She was perhaps particularly entitled to look back and 2020 and see lots of success - but I suspect that most of us had a lot to celebrate in 2020.  After all - we are still here!  Last year - even more than most - the alternative was very real.  We had time to spend with small circles of family, loved ones and pets. We as realtors were able to keep working in most parts of the country. We sold houses and we helped people.  Even if we didn't do it in the same volumes as in other years (and many actually did more business in 2020), we were blessed to be able to keep working.  Many of us finished long term projects and started other ones.  We were lucky.

Most of all, we survived and generally thrived in spite of COVID.  That is a lot to celebrate.  We shouldn't just throw 2020 away, because then we forget how strong we were in 2020 and how much we grew.  We should remember and celebrate 2020 because we did survive. 

Here's to 2021 - I hope you keep building on the achievements of 2020!

 

 

 

Comments (35)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Endre Barath, Jr. - my goal this year is to read 52 books - it is nice when you can hold them in your hands but I am mostly listening or reading on my ipad....

Jan 09, 2021 07:30 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Ed Silva - when you go to the grocery store at 9:30 at night, virtually every one there is getting ice cream.  (and a few other things too)

Jan 09, 2021 07:32 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI - I love ginger ice cream - and Sarah does it really really well!

Jan 09, 2021 07:33 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - the more I think about Sarah's ice cream, the hungrier I am getting!

Jan 09, 2021 07:34 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Kathy Streib - Sarah really does a great job of creating a warm and inviting business.  The Jeni's Ice Cream store, which is "competition" has a sign that says no samples - so uninviting.

Jan 09, 2021 07:36 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, celebrating what went right is a wonderful way to think of every year! And wow, that ice cream sounds amazing!

Jan 10, 2021 05:20 AM
June Piper-Brandon
Houwzer Inc - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

2020 gave me lots to be thankful for.  I survived cancer, I returned to real estate full time and closed 16 transactions in 5 months, and was promoted to Manager for my new company, and knock on wood have not had a brush with Covid.  2021 will be a great year too!!

Jan 10, 2021 08:12 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lise Howe,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your inspiring post as I missed it. We do all have choices on how to look back on 2020. It's a different take if we look at "what we gained" rather than "What we lost." So thrilled for your friend Sarah, her ice cream is appreciated and sounds amazing!

Jan 10, 2021 08:35 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Lise Howe, Sara has the right idea.  BTW, her flavors are so creative... YUM!  I celebrated 2020 for all the success it brought and how our family was closer than ever.  My husband loved being able to watch his grandson on a regular basis while mom and dad worked.  

Jan 10, 2021 01:25 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Lise:

It was fun to read about Sarah's success, especially during a challenging time. I think it's particularly important these days to keep in mind all we are grateful for and to no focus on the negativity. I think the pandemic has helped us realize what really IS important in our lives!

Jeff

Jan 10, 2021 05:11 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Jeff Dowler, CRS - I agree so much with you - we all choose how we respond to hardships.  Sarah has chosen to focus on the positive accomplishments rather than the difficulties of 2020

Jan 10, 2021 05:25 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - getting to spend time with grandchildren is a real plus!

Jan 10, 2021 05:26 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - I agree that we have choices.  I don't want a pity party for one. Sarah could focus on the challenges in a negative way or celebrate how she has overcome the difficulties of 2020.  I am so grateful for her as a friend, walking buddy and inspiration!

Jan 10, 2021 05:27 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

June Piper-Brandon - just look out for yourself - your immune system needs lots of love! and congratulations for all that you have achieved in 2020!

Jan 10, 2021 05:28 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Kat Palmiotti - the wonderful thing about Sarah's ice cream is that every month is a new fantastic flavor!

Jan 10, 2021 05:29 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Lise Howe - that is a wonderful.  Ice and liquor have done well this year.  I coached a person whose ice cream store was packed although she lost out the the event business.

Jan 10, 2021 05:47 PM
Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
Mike McCann - Broker, Mach1 Realty Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska - Kearney, NE
Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940

Hi Lise Howe  Kudos to their success. Attitude is so important to success!

I am not much of an ice cream lover...mainly due to caloric intake...but it sounds delicious as I love gingerbread.

My 2020 was the best year ever in real estate!! I hope your 2021 (and mine) are successful as well!

Jan 11, 2021 06:42 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker - I can imagine that a lot of people are enjoying the space and beauty of Nebraska farm land these days.

Jan 11, 2021 07:55 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Grant Schneider - I didn't really ever think about the fact that you coach other business owners than real estate agents and brokers - ice cream is a great business of sellng food and smiles

Jan 11, 2021 07:56 PM
CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS, EA
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

Trying to focus on the positive for any circumstances is awesome.  I hope your friend sees continued success.

Thank you for sharing Lise Howe!

Have a Happy Day!

Jan 12, 2021 11:52 AM