Excited, Anxious, Pumped, Unsure, are a few words I could use the describe the feleing and emotions overwhelming my mind and body as we neared this date. I wasn’t sure if we were going to have the place ready in time for the grand opening date I had set forth only 2 months after taking possession of the building, next door to my current personal training studio, where my dream and plan of owning and operating what I am working on becoming one of the best Stand Up Paddle Board shops in Michigan or the Midwest for that matter.
With the help of great friends Darcel Deneau, Rachel Deneau, Jim Deneau, Albert Venezio, Karim Khalifeh, Jeanette Uhley, Shawn “Bucky” McCall and of course last but not least my lovely girl friend Charelotte Marie Kern and a several others who chipped in the last couple days to help wrap up the mess and set up inventory. The Grand Opening Party was a success! Senator Mike Kowall, Mayor Ackley of Walled Lake and former State Representstive William O’neil were in attendance. This was such an overwhelming experience for myself, with so many people who stopped in I had no time to relax and take it all in. I guess that’s how these types of events go. It was a pleasure to have everyone who came out and showed their support. I greatly appreciate everyone who cam out especially my dear Uncle David Gugala. I don’t have manny opportunities to get together with him but it sure did mean a lot to have his presence there that evening.
I look forward to providing an unparallelled service to those looking to get involved in this wonderful sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding here in Michigan. Stop by my shop and the staff and I will take great care of you.