Beginning Mothers Day, May 14th, Bluegrass Indoor Karting will be closed on Sundays
“Are you stupid?!”
That is a response I have heard a few times when I bring up my decision to close the track on Sundays. Thankfully, the majority of our friends and associates have congratulated and encouraged us, even thanked me for going against the grain. But the question and curiosity remain. Why?
June 23rd marks BIK’s 6-year anniversary. We set our current 7 days/week hours based on the industry standard and have always assumed that if we’re not open, we can’t make money. Throughout these 6 years, we have been open 77 hours a week and 362 days a year. And we have worked really, really hard to make Bluegrass Indoor Karting what it is today: a fun, safe, clean spot for businesses, families, and friends to have an amazing time with one another. We genuinely try to deliver a perfect experience to every customer – not just me, but my entire staff who care about the business just as much as I do.
But 6 years of 7 days a week can take its toll on anyone.
Back in January, a close family friend asked how business was going. My reply was the same as always, something along the lines of, “just non-stop busy.” And I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way in this 24/7 hustling world. We spend long days at the office, then when we’re not there we are on our phones fitting in a few more hours of work or numbing our minds after a hard day.
This friend gave me a book he wanted me to read and then he challenged me to consider closing my business one day a week. “Yeah right,” I thought, “This is a recreation business. I have to be open 7 days a week. Plus, what would I do with my free time?”
Well, while on vacation in February, I read that book from my friend: “24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life.” Author Matthew Sleeth is an ER doctor who lays out a plan for living a “healthier, more God-centered life in a digitally-dazed, always-on world.” The Amazon listing goes into further detail: “Our technological tools allow 24-hour productivity and connectivity, give us more control, and subtlely enslave us to busyness itself.” That hits the nail on the head for me. I can use my phone to see real-time sales and race details. I can access security cameras from anywhere to ensure things are running smoothly. Every single detail is in the palm of my hand. The faith-based book went on to highlight Christian businesses who are successfully closed on Sundays as a response to their faith commitments. I began to think that if they can do it within their industries, why can’t we? Sunday business is just as critical, if not more, to businesses like theirs.
Whether you align with a Christian faith or not, I encourage everyone to consider putting your _______ down for one day. Maybe your own personal blank space is work, school, Facebook, Snapchat – whatever it is that consumes too much of your time. Try taking your mind out of overdrive and focus on the truly important things…faith, family, friends, your health… you can fill in the blank here as well. The day doesn’t have to be a Sunday, it just needs to be A DAY.
Moving forward, we will still be here 70 hours a week for our amazing customers, and hopefully we will be more refreshed and ready to serve you with our best.
Thank you as always for 6 years of friendships, great times, laughing, sarcasm and more. We look forward to the next 6 being even better.
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