Wow, I was given a tip today for helping someone with their luggage. (Keith, the bass player of Hot Damn Band, a group that stayed here playing the Woods wedding. They were also wedding guests as well.) Twice, and only twice before, I was offered a tip but I turned down the first one saying, “I’m the owner. It’s not necessary.” Well, thinking that that made the person feel bad, I accepted this one.
BTW, The second one was from an employee who came to eat here and I waited on her and her family. She, a young High School kid, gave me a fiver. Well, this tip was also a fiver. She snuck back in and put it on the table. I had been waiting on her. I thought it was very cute and so spent it in Bar Harbor.
Speaking of tips, this is important so listen up. The service charge that we charge is NOT a tip for the staff. That is, it doesn’t increase as the number of guests increase. Their salary stays the same no matter how many guests are here. What the service charge does is allows us to give slightly higher salaries to our staff. This helps us retain good people and give you the quality service that you desire.
Because of the confusion surrounding the service charge, that is, people don’t know if they should tip, we are thinking about rolling in the service charge into the price of the workshop in 2007. So, if you see the price of the workshop spike in 2007, don’t worry, it’s just us rolling in the service charge.
We are rolling in the service charge next year for inn (only) guests. We’re thinking about rolling the service charge in for the art workshops later.
If you have any questions, well, please ask us. The reason for this entry in the blog is that the Brommer workshop brought this to a head. They were very confused about what the service charge was about. So, I told them exactly what I just put above. John got more tips this week than almost any other and he is happy. He got is lovely cards, which he appreciates, and the tips which he needed. Kris got some as well as did Kimberly and housekeeping.
So, remember, it’s up to you whether you tip and how much. The most important thing is to enjoy your stay and your workshop with us.