Road to opening

"Where friends get together in Fork Shoals"


Would you like to hear about some of what it took to create The Yum-Yum?  Well, here's a crumb or two...

First, we want to thank the Fork Shoals community for their overwhelming enthusiasm.  Many, many people have been encouraging - convincing us that a snack shop was very needed and wanted in this area.  Some even pitched in to help, too!  All that nudging and elbow grease definitely invigorated us to keep going.

As for the actual steps to completion, it may have seemed like a slow go.  And in some ways it was.  But to think the decision to "let's really do it" gelled only about a year prior to opening and the details evolved tremendously since then, we didn't poke along that slowly.  If nothing else, we sure hope you find the end result worth it!


Here are a few of the things we did over the past year...

~ Acquired the property and cleaned it up

~ Designed the layout...and then fine-tuned it here 'n there

~ Researched the needs & requirements

~ Talked with professionals...and then talked some more

~ Went on "reconnaissance trips" to similar shops to learn from them

~ Hired contractors...and then more

~ Scoped out equipment & supplies

~ Met with DHEC and County Codes...a lot

~ Started demolition and renovation

~ Ran into several bumps in the road...but didn't let them throw us off course

~ Received permit approvals

~ Installed a new commercial septic system

~ Graded the lot for a driveway & parking

~ Created this website!


Then we tackled a few more things...

~ Replaced & upgraded all plumbing

~ Improved the entire electrical system

~ Installed & finished all sheetrock

~ Poured a special parking spot & sidewalk (with an etched tribute to our 3 inspirations)

~ Designed & ordered signage

~ Built an access ramp

~ Added duct work & insulation

~ Installed kitchen cabinets & counter tops

~ Painted the interior (oh, so colorful now!)

~ Spread crusher run on driveway & general parking area

~ Installed lights & fans

~ Bought all furniture (gently used)

~ Had a 'coffee tasting' to choose various roasts from our vendor (what a fun time!)

~ Replaced some siding

~ Laid flooring in the kitchen (good ol' classic black & white tiles!)

~ Decided on ice cream, soft drink, & coffee providers (yum-yum!)

~ Replaced the roof (bye-bye old shake shingles)

~ Finished the heart pine floors (gorgeous!)

~ Moved in furniture (it's looking quite welcoming now!)

~ Hired some good help

~ Landscaped (really sets off the shop!)

~ Acquired all permits (it's been a loooong road)

~ Installed & activated security system

~ Added more parking spaces

~ Cheered when the vendors delivered their goods

~ Replaced the heating unit (after a sudden breakdown)


And now we're very ready and happy to ...