Re:A Question of Supplies.
One year the major cone manufacturer decided they weren't going to make the main size of cone we use, our whole business model is based on that cone. Was I pissed, YES, we found another cone close to the size but it tasted like cardboard. It took 3 years to find someone who solved the problem for us. That's like taking your best bun away and you know how hard it is to find that perfect bun to go with your food. If you're small you better be prepared to shop many places and always have a back up plan.
I always think, I spend 150,000 in 6 months, if I could spend that in one place I could save time, hassle and money but it never works.