Grace Leonhardt and Maggie Spiller of Pasta 'Cuz

Pasta ‘Cuz: Week 1

This past week has been really crazy for Grace and I.  We only came up with the idea last Tuesday and we have done so much.  As soon as we knew that we got the grant, we immediately started ordering our supplies and working on the website and making posters.  We have spent a lot of time in the media center and talking with each other to figure out exactly what our vision was for our company. With the help of Violet in the media center, our website is finally ready to go (  All of our posters are printed and ready to be hung up by this afternoon.  We are still waiting on a few supplies to arrive, but mostly everything is in place! We did have a few setbacks.  First, the takeout containers we ordered ended up being TINY, so we had to return them.  To do this, we had to call the company to get the address and figure out how the system worked.  Once we sent the small ones back, we had to completely readjust our budget to absorb the extra shipping costs and the increased prices of the bigger containers.  Regardless, we think we have made the right choice and are expecting the new containers to arrive today! Our second issue has been finding a work space.  Our dorm room works pretty well for storage during the week, but finding an open kitchen space that is willing to let us be there at night has not been easy.  We, of course, have access to the Tommy kitchen, but it is not ideal.  Rusk’s chef owns the kitchen in our house, so that is not an option for us.  Right now, we are thinking about asking a fraternity to let us use their kitchen in exchange for discounted pasta.  That’s the plan, but we still have a lot of logistics to figure out.  Finally, we still have a lot of research to do with regards to the legal side of owning a business.  We are avoiding the topic for now, but we need to get informed on the situation so that when it does arise, we can handle it.  All in all, the past week has been extremely productive, but we still have a lot of work to do and we are really excited for our launch on Wednesday!

 – Maggie Spiller

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