Thomasville Scene December 2018 - January 2019 - Page 27

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in this case, it took a Thomasville to raise our new restaurant. ers have carted tables, chairs, kitchen equipment, etc., all over town. Some of our favorite customers shared a picture while on vacation. They were wear- ing aj Moonspin T-shirts and it caught on. Now we have pictures of our T-shirts being worn across the state, all over the country and across the world. Our customers take the time to send photographs from their vacations; how special is that? After the first year, Josh and I decided we needed more room. I wanted to add fresh pasta to the menu and Josh wanted to add wings. We leased the space next door, knocked a hole in the wall, and began an expansion that we planned on finishing in February. Ten months later, we are proud to intro- duce aj Pasta Luna to our friends in Thomasville. Handmade pasta dishes will be the featured items because fresh noodles are better than dried ones, and in addition, we will offer Josh’s amazing wings and exciting new appetizers. In keeping with the Moonspin tradition, we tried to make all of the new dishes “unique and better,” and definitely gourmet. As at moonspin, everything is made fresh each day, we use only the best ingredients and make everything in-house. We could not have pulled off a major expansion without lots of great people and many blessings. Our architect and our general contractor were both wonderful, leading us around many pitfalls, provid- ing the construction expertise we didn’t have. The project was even completed on time and under bud- get. I did as much of the construction and cosmetic finishing as I possibly could to help defer costs. I watched a lot of YouTube and learned lots of new skills. It is still amazing to me that I can build furni- ture and wire light fixtures, but I couldn’t have com- pleted the task without guidance. My hardworking mother and my wonderful fiancé Tom were both out in the summer heat with me, designing plans for banquettes and endlessly sanding tables. Many of the moonspin employees stepped up and helped with the heavy lifting on their days off too. A friend called from Atlanta and asked if I would be interested in buying some used equipment and dishes from the restaurant he was closing. Mom and I drove to Atlanta the following Sunday morn- ing and returned, in pouring rain, in a large rented truck filled with tables, chairs, dishes and kitchen equipment. This saved us thousands of dollars. An- other friend is loaning us a pasta machine so all the items on our menu can feature fresh, homemade pasta. We were never alone in this endeavor. Josh is, admittedly, not as handy with a circular saw or a paint brush, but his contributions to the expansion were equally as valuable. He stepped up and ran the restaurant by himself for months when I was covered in sawdust or epoxy. I am very glad there are two of us. We can never fully express our gratitude to all the people of Thomasville who made the dream of business ownership a reality for us. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but in this case, it took a Thomasville to raise our new restaurant. Thank you all and thank you to the Thomasville Scene magazine for the opportunity to tell our story. Josh and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thomasville Scene December 2018 - January 2019 27