Yo Yo! So.... Things have still been tough... Things are just constantly breaking.... Two weeks ago I bought a new air conditioner for the ktchen and the mini-vip room and then just days later I had my prep refrigerator go out on me, and then both my other main AC units for the main room. This pattern has been going on since I've opened Smiles. It's very frustrating. I also had some jackass raise a ruckus on my patio a couple of weeks ago, and that didn't help things.... Anyways, I don't want to be all negative...
Things are getting back on track. I just want to apologize, because things have been a little off. Things are moving forward. We're bringing the game night back on Tuesdays. New and improved. This Friday and Saturday we're having Halloween costume contests, so roll thru. Its gonna be fun.
What's up, what's up? Man, I find myself not rapping on here too much anymore.... Things have been tough... Still hanging in there, it's just a fight. I feel like I can't even talk on here. It sucks I just feel like there are so many people, well maybe not so many, but some, and they're just out to get you.... Society is tough now days. I think this economy is fucking with people's heads. I want to share good news, but don't even feel comfortable doing so. I just feel like if you've got something good going on or something to be happy about, well that's just more motivation for someone to come along and try and knock you down. It's unfortunate, but really I feel that way. Some people if they can't find happiness then they don't want people to be happy around them. So.... it's forced me just to shut the fuck up and do my thing. I've dealt with lawsuits lately, police issues, neighbor complaints, ups and downs in business.... and don't want to share any of it cuz there's meanies out there. :) But you know what Imma keep rockin it. My commitment is to make this business better every day. Every day, every day. Every day, till its big like Disney Land, and the Hard Rock....
Smiles isn't an easy business to formulate, nor is it an easy business to copy. It takes a lot of work. Were trying to go above and beyond. I'm trying to bring something that I have yet to see offered anywhere. My goal is to provide the best in entertainment. I want to have top notch karaoke, I want to rival the main places in comedy, I want the sickest music, and the most jamming dance floor motherfuckers out there. I want an elite crowd. I want cool ass mother fuckers on top of their games. I want people who know how to behave, know how to have fun responsibly, are polite, respect my neighbors, well dressed, hot sexy ladies of course.... I want mouth watering food... I want my staff to impress you, my guests, with their attentiveness and politness....
I believe in what I'm doing. I see the opportunity to do some positive things with this business if I can accomplish my goals... I'm not there yet, and frankly I don't think I ever will be there... It's all about taking things to the next level for me. I just love to improve things. I like to get things dialed in. I can not rest until everything is working like clock work.
Anyways, to those that read this blog for the first time.... welcome.... to the faces that I've met and had the pleasure of remembering names that go along with the faces.... it makes me happy... You go into this business, cuz u dig people and you want to show them a good time. That's what life is about, and that's what I'm gonna continue doing 100% until I can't do it's no mo.
We've got some major improvements that have been getting worked on over the last 8 or so months, and I'm really excited cuz I think it's gonna help take Smiles to the next level. I've got and heard so many good ideas from people and have been blessed to work alongside some awesome individuals.... it's just implementing all those ideas that's the tricky part. One by one it's happening.
We have fun here at Smiles. My customers have fun here. I see it in their faces. Fun like you don't find anywhere else. I'm almost envious. It's been years since I've been able to just let loose. Got too much to take care of when I'm here now. I live vicariocousellily (something like that :)) through my customers.... Once I get all this shit dialed in the way I want it, and I have someone holding the fort down, Imma be out on that dance floor breakin it down. Ya ya.
I'm really grateful to the familiar faces. Much love and thanks for the support. 3 plus years! To my staff, I am nothing with out you. You rock. I love you guys. I just feel so overwhelmingly grateful right now. Life is beautiful, and I can't complain. I have trouble falling asleep cuz all I'm thinking about is what I want to fix tomorrow... I wake up and get rights on it. Except Sunday.... wheres my Sunday party people? That's my day.... Everyone is always passed out, asleep all day, and I want to go out! Hey were open this Sunday by the way.... I want hit up one of those Sunday pool parties one of these days.... K I guess I gotta go... if not Imma start rambling.....
Whats up yall? Hey if u have any pics from Smiles email them in... if theyre dope and I like em I'll post em to the Smiles slideshow. Poetry and Jazz Saturdays 6-10p. Jazz sounded really good this past week, unfortunately didnt get to hear any of the poetry, had to run to home depot to go fix something, but come checks it!
Getting shit dialed in.... Improving, improving, improving.
Yo Yo.... So, finally got my monitor in the kitchen, so now I can stay back there and get things dialed in and still keep an eye on the rest of the business.... Gogo staff just keeps getting better and better. After a long run with Janet doing the comedy nights we've switched things up for the better. We've got TK doing the comedy shows every Wednesdays. Janet just didn't fit in during the time slot that we wanted to do the show. It will work out better. We're moving karaoke back to Wednesdays... Devo from the Little Rock will be hosting it.... Amanda Darling one of our beautiful gogos is throwing a party Tuesday June 14th so come check that out! Other than that, all is bueno! Late.
Yo Yo! Happy Memorial Day! My ass should be in Havasu! Instead I've been stuck on the computer for the past four hours... Oh Well. Dude, the gogos just keep getting hotter and hotter. Im so proud of my girls they rock it. We've got some incredible girls coming out for an audition this Thursday. Checks it. & . DOW! And of course we have our regular super duper ladies as well..... Gonna be sick....
Other big news... It looks as if we've landed the hottest & biggest karaoke hostess for Thursday nights. I've never met the lady but people tell me she's the bomb and brings mad crowds and that everybody loves her! So, thats good. Karaoke is gonna revert back to Thursdays. TK is producing the best comedy shows we've seen at Smiles.... I've been working on adding additional surveillance cameras and monitoring stations so I can keep my ass back in the kitchen and yet still have an eye on the business at the same time. I really want to get my dinner service and food dialed in. It's good, but I want one of those Michelin three star thingies. Watch out Gordan Ramsey.
I'm stoked. I hope your stoked. I love my work. I love improving anything. Always getting better. Julio, I got those bigger TVs for you too. Late.
Wow, feel like I've been gone a while. I don't know where to begin.... Three months and no update. I know where to begin... I miss my angel. Where are you girl? Anyways that's all I care about right now. Same old shit... Still rockin it every day. Trying to improve every day.... and we are. Three years checked off..... I didn't throw a big party for the anniversary... Just wanted to treat it as another day, but it is a milestone. Three years is the time frame I've always heard thrown around from people in reference to this type of business. They say " if you can make it three years then you'll be okay." So, hey Smiles has had it's doors open 3 years. I feel pretty cool about that. Things still aren't dialed in 100%, but the business is still growing.
Anyways, I got to get back into my updates little by little. I promise it won't be months again til I repost. Hey I need a karaoke host for Fridays.. Gonna have auditions this Friday so come sing your heart out and get a jobby job snoop doggy dog.
Karaoke coming to Tuesdays from 10 til 2, hosted by the talented and sexy Taryn Watts. Karaoke has been slowly improving ever since we brought it out a couple of Fridays ago. More and more people are coming in for dinner now, which is much appreciated. We really do strive to bring you excellent cuisine at an affordable price.
We will be introducing a new updated and enhanced dinner menu featuring some new main courses, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts.... Gonna be good!
Just feeling really happy now, and very grateful to all, but especially those who have come out to try our dinner. Thank you thank you!
Oh by the way.... if u read this between now and tmrw day.... we will be open Valentine's day Monday after 10P. The beautiful Lauren will be behind the bar and we have a televised tv series going on as well.... So come have fun and find that special someone for the night!
So, I'm really excited.... For the past couple months I've really been trying to concentrate on Wednesdays to get the night productive... Well, it's gonna start happening now pretty soon, within the next month or two... We've added a critical piece to the puzzle, that will take the night to the next level. Comedy during Wednesday evenings is going to take a leap forward. My original first choice to host and produce a comedy show was TK.... back like two and a half years ago... but because of scheduling problems we were never able to make things happen. But now, starting next month, we're going to incorporate a bi-monthly comedy show produced by TK. Janet, who does an amazing job with her own comedy show Wild & Out Wednesdays will still be doing her show, but instead of every week it will be every other week. Janet wasn't too excited about going to a bi-monthly format, but in the long term it will be better for everyone. From a production stand point the shows are going to get significantly better. After the comedy show, we'll have DJs and gogos.... The nights are already picking up. We're bringing in some new DJs and experimenting until we find the right fit.
P.S. Gonna get pancakes, waffles and french toast on a consistent basis soon.... YAY so excited! Where else are u going to find a menu like Smiles. Nowhere. One style of cuisine to me is boring and easy. I'm all about bringing something to the table that hasn't been done before.
Had another good night last night.... It was DJ Frank's Birthday! Not quite as busy as the Friday before, but busy nonetheless. Tonight should be good too. My buddy Todd's birthday... Plus a couple other bdays... and we got Michaelis in the house! Gonna be fun.
So I got all my wisdom teeth pulled out the other day. I'm talking weird. My mouth is all jacked. Anyways.... All good. I just hope I talk normally soon. I can't yell very well right now... :) I'm sure my staff is grateful for that.
Anyways its almost my weekend... After tonight I'm free for two days. Yes!!!!
I'm not sure exactly why.... I've just been feeling very grateful as of late. Maybe it was getting away for a couple of days to be with family over the holidays...maybe its because the business is improving... maybe its because I've had to lose my temper recently with a couple of people and yet the ties aren't broken.... I really appreciate the kind words from Smiles guests... Most, if not practically everyone I talk to really likes this place, and for that I'm happy and truelly blessed.
I'm also really grateful for my staff. This is my first business so I probably didn't realize how important your staff is. It's pretty much the most important piece to the puzzle. I'm really grateful to be working with the people that we have here.... both past employees and present. This business grows little baby steps by little baby steps.. and as it grows we add a little piece here and there. Now, we have a valet company on the weekends, when we didn't used to before etc... Working with these people is a pleasure. So much of this business, is just about getting things dialed in. Matching performance with expectations.... And when you get that business improves. When you don't, business declines. Simple concept, but implementing it, isn't the easiest of things.
Whow! More of those crazy ones... 1/11/11 next coming up yo..... 11/11/11 Holy Mackeral! What are we going to do then! I'm about to shit my pants already! LOL. OH OH and wait what about 11/11/11 & 11:11 eleven seconds. Dude that's just too much. I can't handle the truth.
So, ya. Same ol shit different day.. Not. It's the day of ones. Ima go celebrate.
Check out that date! Pretty cool hunh? Happy New Year everyone! Its only been a few hours but what a wonderful new year it already is. I'm seriously really happy to put this one behind me.... not that it was a bad year... it wasn't. The recession sucks, but nonetheless I had a wonderful year. This year is going to be better though. Im excited. So last night was cool. We had a really good vibe going. It wasn't packed, but full and good energy. That's the most important part.
We're going to be busy this Thurs, Fri, and Sat! Come early. Costume contests!!!
Pancakes, French Toast & Waffles coming soon.... Smiles anytime breakfast. Got a few new modifications on the dinner menu. Cant accuse me of not being unique with regards to Smiles menu. All different foods, from all over with the only thing in common is that it tastes good! Pancakes for dinner!
So, we had the 2 Year Anniversary.... First, I'd like to thank everyone that came out. Your presence made my day. It sucks I wasn't able to spend more time with you guys. Really sucks, and I apologize for that. But, realize that I was and am aware of your presence and am truly thankful and appreciative of you coming out. One of the main reasons, if not the main reason, why I got into this business was because I wanted to be able to spend my days in the presence of my friends and people I like. So, it was just really nice to see old friends, new friends and everyone all together. I can't express enough how thankful I am to have my friends come out. It made my year. It's almost everything to me, and I'm just really glad that you guys came out. I feel really badly that I only had a couple of moments to talk with people that I really care about, so I apologize about that.
For the most part the night went really well, we had a few glitches that most people were unaware of. I received a lot of positive feedback which is a good thing even factoring the friendly biases in. From the behind the scenes perspective we had a couple of things that we need to improve upon. I was really shooting for a 100% evening and I feel like it came in at a 85%, which isn't good enough for me, but nonetheless I am just happy to have had my friends close by.
We had a busy night, and I kind of viewed this night as a relaunch... We've had two years to get the ball rolling. When we first opened things were what they were. I think it's unrealistic to get into this type of business, when it's your first business, and expect things to be glitch free or to be operating at an elite level. With that being said we're onto year 3 now, and we've made significant strides from the times the door have opened. I really feel like this year is the year that is going to determine the fate of Smiles. I've always heard that it takes these types of businesses 3 years to really establish themselves. They say if you can stay open 3 years that you'll make it. We'll I'm two thirds the way there!
I've been working on this business for years, and I still feel like I have a long way to go. There is not a day that goes by, that I don't have something Smiles related that I need to take care of. More and more I find the comparisons to a child appropriate. Smiles is a two year toddler that requires my undivided attention. And he is constantly trying to put things in his mouth that will choke him....
Anyways. Got to go fix a leak..... If its not one thing its another... Without my staff and without my customers Smiles does not exist. So, thank you guys. I have such a nice mental picture of Saturday just walking around in my mind and seeing my homies. I love it. We've got to do it again, and one of these days in the not too distant future I'm going to have everything completely dialed in where I can completely relax and not worry about things being taken care of appropriately.
Help make this year 3 the best one yet! I, we at Smiles, need your continued support. Thanks,
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Well, it's been a while since I've been on here. Things are improving. We started being open Thursday through Saturday, then we added Wednesday, then Tuesday, and now we're going to be open on Mondays. At least we're going to give it a shot. For those that frequent the bar, you'll be seeing less of me behind the bar. I'm going to spend more time in a chef's uniform working in the kitchen on the weekdays, and then in a suit helping to run the door on the weekends.
Now that I feel comfortable with my bar staff. I'm going to concentrate on other areas of the business. I'm going to learn what I need to know in the kitchen and get the restaurant aspect of the business dialed in. With regards to the door, at least on the weekends, expect a tighter run door. The dress-code is going to be more strictly enforced and we're going to get more selective at the door. Smiles is a classy place and we're going to make an enhanced effort to make our guests feel welcome, safe, special and comfortable among our clientele.
One of Smiles main themes is diversity. Diversity is achieved through: our entertainment offerings, (salsa, comedy, rockaoke, djs, dancing, sporting events etc.); our mixed cuisine menu, (currently we feature some traditional American dishes, as well as Mexican, some Asian, some Italian, some vegetarian, and some shellfish, we will strive to continually bring new dishes from different cultures into the Smiles menu); our music selection spanning many different eras and many different genres; our venue with different areas for different vibes, (smoking patio, mini-vip room, VIP room, & our main bar area); and our staff from different backgrounds (I'm proud to say that even with our limited staff since the time we've opened we've employed or worked with African Americans, Mexicans, Russians, Ukrainians, Peruvians, Koreans, Phillipinos, Indians (no not Native Americans), Columbians, Italians, and more...
Wow, I've had a day with out some major component to my business breaking down! Incredible! It's a good feeling. I spend so much time fixing things it's r