This week we celebrated GUUDBELLY's 1-year existence. Not gonna lie, its been a surreal experience & it doesnt even feel like a year. Our first delivery order took place on September 28th, 2015 -- And its been nohing but an uphill journey since 😊
And we didnt do it alone! Starting from Day 1, we've had help pretty much every step of the way from other small businesses, local organizations, friends & family.
Its going to take a bit, but we truly want to acknowledge and show appreciation for as many IF not all the people we owe even the slightest ounce of success to. And in no particular order, we're going to do just that! Sit tight, here goes:
To Michael C. Hsuing, Louis Roskoch, Cuddles & Rage and Dom Bam for your independent artistic talents -- We gave you our information & entursted each of you to translate your own unique visions of us into art. THANK YOU.
To Tyler Horne & the entirety of the Urban Harvest Organization here in Houston -- Without you guys blindly giving our product a try, believing in us and understanding everything we stand for, we would NOT be here. This time last year, you guys invited us to our first market: City Hall & then later in November 2015 to Eastside(our second). You guys knew that we literally had never run a food business or done anything like this before, but recognized our dedication, appreciated our hardwork & took a leap of literal faith. THANKYOU.
To Dylan Carnes of Sinfull Bakery -- For every bit of advice, encouragement, and support you've ever given. From sharing our debut on social media, to introducting us to Tyler Horne, inviting us to rent your kitchen space, giving us sweet treats, suggesting Costco & swearing off Whole Foods to source supplies, to allowing us to order from UNFI till this day. You've played a huge role in our non-stop success. THANKYOU.
To Stephanie and Trey of Ripe Cuisine -- For literally buying our guuds multiple times a week for months. We've enjoyed sharing stories and experiences with you guys. We're so glad to embark on the journey that is feeding the masses plant-based food
To all of you that played a role in beta-testing our tamales and filling out our Google Form during GUUDBELLY's inception. THANKYOU.
To everyone thats EVER donated a stack of recycled paper grocery bags -- You have helped us with our costs AND help make the planet a better place. THANKYOU.
To the companies GreenWave, Fabri-Kal Greenware, WorldCentric, EcoChoice -- IM SO GLAD YOU EXIST & WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU. Thanks for doing your best to keep humans from fucking up the planet even more by using compostable plant-based materials instead of petroleum.
To every kid thats ever vouched for and fallen in love with our veggie tamales -- if it wasnt for you guys telling your parents, those puppies woulda been kicked off the menu a looooong time ago. You guys gave us the everlasting confidence to keep experimenting and pushing to create amazing things we thought would NEVER be a great hit. THANKYOU.
To Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Squarespace -- you arent people, persay, but you HAVE allowed us to have an insanely strong presence and reach people all over everywhere who may have never known about us otherwise. Without you guys, we'd have to spend on advertising and who-knows what else. So yeah, Thank you.
To Vistaprint -- You arent a person either, but you guys are single-handedly responsible for helping welcome our images into the world. And also for allowing some thousands of people to take a GUUDBELLY keepsake home and/or to their friends, family, and coworkers. Thankyou.
To everyone that ordered delivery before October 17th, 2015 -- All of you took such a great leap of faith without having the slightest clue what the hell you were getting yourself into. THANKYOU.
To Jill & team at Monster PBJ -- Starting a food business isnt easy. Thankyou for all of your kind words and support as we were feeling our way around.
To every food establishment thats reached out about ordering wholesale from us -- OMG. You guys get us so pumped for the future. We cant wait to work with you soon. You guys remind us just how incredible our food is. Thank you.
To Robert -- for donating our website domain. Thankyou.
To Gardein & Beyond Meat -- Without you guys we wouldnt receive phone calls, texts, and FB messages all throughout the day from both omnivores, vegetarians AND vegans in disbelief that our food truly IS vegan. We love hearing the reactions of people freaking out, and then being able to confidentely reassure them everything is okay. You guys' hard work has allowed us to do that while creating some incredibly high-demand guudness👌🏽 THANKYOU.
To the few people who courteously told us that our initial tamales were "just alright" -- MY GOD. Without your honest critique, our tamales would still be a 6/10. And that is simply unacceptable. You guys' dissatisfaction led to a whole new world of possibility for us. We listened, we changed, and it worked. THANKYOU.
To Sylvia -- for being a decent human being & offering your food truck under a 3-month rent contract with the intent to buy. We learned SO MUCH in those 3 months about what it means to run a kitchen on wheels. With your help, we were able to sanely and calmly give up the romantic idea of having one. THANKYOU.
To Makerspace, Adam of Stoked, Brittany of Pop Shop, Kemi of Kyra, Axelrad Beer Garden, The Railyard Houston, Town In City Brewing & VSOP -- Every pop up we've ever done with all of you has been a HUGE success & has allowed us to share our guuds with more of the world than we would have otherwise. THANKYOU.
To Daniel of Tamale Fest Houston -- BRO. We will never forget the huge favor you pulled to have us at the festival last year. Not to mention sending CW39 and Channel 2 our way 😊 . We truly appreciate it man, THANKYOU.
To Rowdy Girl, Sown & Grown, and Plant-It-Forward -- For religiously and happlily taking our trash and making the absolute best of all our compost/organic waste.
To Fiesta & Our lil homie Reyna at Canino Farmers Market -- For taking care of all our Banana Leaf needs in a part of the world that considers them foreign. Thankyou.
To Winter -- For our incredible organic hand-stitched GUUDBELLY bag complete w/ horchata & diablo sauce. We love it and will continue to use it 3+ days a week until it dies. THANKYOU.
To Sprouts Farmers Market, Plant It Forward, Gundermann Farms, and Texas Hill Country Olive Co., San Fransisco Salt Co. & Monterey Bay Spice Company - You guys have supplied us with the best possible ingredients. Every week, we and our customers have happy souls and bellies thanks to you guys. THANKYOU.
To Roy Rodriguez of the East End Foundation -- for allowing us into the East End Street Market despite our being sort-of-Mexican. We truly appreciate you guys having us. THANKYOU.
TO ALL OUR REGULARS THAT ORDER DELIVERY & FREQUENT MARKETS -- A year ago we truly had no idea our food would create a following this huge. You guys roll out of bed every Saturday & Sunday morning & walk down from your offices every Wednesday to give us massive amounts of money in exchange for our food. Every dollar you guys have spent has allowed us to take bigger steps towards living the lives WE want and being able to spend time with & better take care of our family. Not to mention, Vic was able to quit his second job! We are able to continue GUUDBELLY every week up until this point because you religiously buy our guuds and share them with the world. Thank you all so much. We would not be here without you.
TO ALL OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND PAST COWORKERS -- My word, you guys have been so supportive through everything since the beginning. From handing out words of encouragement, to offering to invest, to all of your suggestions to help grow and better manage GUUDBELLY, to also being our literal guinea pigs, we thank you for sticking by us. Its been a rough road of stress and non-stop 90+ hour weeks, but all of your love has kept us grounded and growing in so many ways. And just like how GUUDBELLY wasnt the same as a year ago, neither are we. THANKYOU for staying honest and truly supportive while cheering from the sidelines. We love you guys!
- L Arroyo ✌🏽️