13 October 2011

this is my heart and soul.

I can't begin to quite explain to you in words the emotions pumping through every inch of my body right now.  I'm doing everything I can to stay in my skin, to keep from jumping up and down and shouting for complete joy.  I've been randomly dancing, smiling from ear to ear, and skipping like a little girl all day after our final inspections have allowed River City Eatery to open its doors.

These feelings are all so unexplainable, but I feel exactly how I was hoping to feel and exactly how I knew it would feel to literally make my dreams come true. It has been a long time coming, not only for the past 6 months since purchasing the old Mix Bakery building in downtown Windom and completely flipping it with the help of amazing family and very gracious friends or the months of research, planning, writing the business plan, trying to sell the idea to financial resources, hearing "you're crazy" a million and one times, but it has been a long time coming because I have wanted to do this since I can remember.  This place has been in my head for years and years and years, and it has finally come to life. It is real.  At 28 years old, I am living my ultimate dream right here in Windom, Minnesota.  This is passion with a capital P.  This is my heart and soul.

I'd like to say I did it all by myself, but you must know, I have an amazing support system I'm lucky to call family and friends.  Truly, without these people who believe in River City Eatery just as much as I do, it wouldn't be real--it wouldn't be what it is right now, which is absolutely unbelievably incredible.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  You have no idea how much I love each and every one of you for your support and helping hands throughout this crazy, wild ride.  I am the luckiest girl in the world for having these amazing souls in my life. 

And a special thank you to my parents and my husband, who have worked a million and one hours with me--as tired, sore, stressed, and emotional as one can be--we did it!  We made River City come to life together.  You have shown me that anything is possible if one is willing to work their tail off to do it.  And, if you're going to do anything right, you must do it wholeheartedly. 

So, this is the moment I have been waiting for, folks, to finally tell you that River City Eatery will be opening its doors on Thursday, October 20th, 2011. 

May you all leave a little bit of your heart and soul with us after enjoying River City Eatery in beautiful downtown Windom. 

Happy times,


  1. Im so happy and excited for you! Thanks for bringing your passion back to downtown Windom!

  2. This is great news! I've just taken a job in Windom and my husband and I are moving down to the area this week! I am excited that the River City Eatery will be opening its doors very soon! Congratulations!

  3. Congrats!

    I will make sure we stop in the next time we pass through Windom.

  4. So excited that I'll be able to stop in the next time I'm home :)

  5. Congrats, Mari- Can't wait to be a customer!

  6. Congrats, it will be nice to have somewhere else to go for lunch. Can't wait to try it out

  7. Congrats, Mari - You have been waiting for a long time for this to come. It will be nice to have another place to eat in Windom. I miss seeing you on Tuesday late afternoon. I will tell Vickie that you are going to be open.

  8. Congrats Mari-It looks spectacular inside-as though it was just waiting for you to make it yours....and you've done it!