‘I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.’
On Sunday the 30th of April, I will make my last pans of gelato. At 5:00, I shall shut my door for the last time and then sit down and reflect a little on the last two and a half years.
Deciding to close gelAperia is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. I have carried the shop through two winters, thanks to our very supportive accountant upstairs, a true friend indeed, and very understanding landlords. I shan’t be able to carry it through a third.
I am closing the door on a small oasis for a whole host of loyal customers, many of whom have become, in such a relatively short period of time, good friends. Their rituals have become my rituals. I am closing the door on a product, of which I am modestly proud. I am closing the door on a comforting workplace which I have built and loved sharing with staff. Together we have laughed, and cried, and danced.
Thank you to my customers who have believed in my core philosophy. Without the support of local people, I wouldn’t have been able to do any of it. Others have travelled from far and wide, returning again and again. I am grateful to them. Thanks to all the people both here and abroad, who have supported me on Facebook and Instagram. Local businesses have encouraged and supported me. I have got wonderful ingredients from people in the valley: lemons, figs, strawberries, blueberries, and chocolate. Grazie Mauro x tutto. Lou, grazie x il caffè. Thank you to all my staff both past and present. Thank you for your passion and dedication, in particular Ash who for 21 months worked tirelessly as if it were her own business.
Thank you to my parents, brother, Onkel Stefan, my parents-in-law and extended family for believing in me, and what I have done.
As my favorite author Douglas Adams points out above, I may not have achieved what I set out to do, but I can now be where I must be, with my little family; my wife and two boys who are my most ardent supporters. Upon returning home each day tired, my sanity is restored and my heart rekindled.