Friday, May 25, 2007

The update you deserve

So... what's been going on these busy weeks?

The blog now matches a little better to our new temp website.

The space at the shop is not yet entirely secure, so we've been getting deliveries at the house for now. This is killing me though... poppa grinder (i.e. Mr. 3-phase Robur) and baby grinders (Super-Jollys for decaf and single-origin/guest 'spros) are just sitting here in our dining room all boxed up.

We did have to open the Robur box to drool a little, I admit it.






Some of our pendant lights got here too.

Here's a sneak peek.

(See our cute little coffee tree on the table courtesy of Jay at Intelly?)



In other local news, Andersonville is applying to become a National Historic District, particularly due to its Swedish heritage. That's kind of neat. We went to a meeting about it the other day and picked up some cocktail party-useful historical factoids of the 'hood.

The retail space next to ours is still for rent, and so we sometimes brainstorm about what we think should go there (or in some of the other now or soon-to-be available local spaces). One of my recent ideas was that a Homemade Pizza Co. would be a good fit, and would fill a needs gap in the neighborhood. Lo and behold, I just found out there is actually one going in... but down closer to the "middle" of the strip, not right by us. That's kind of a bummer, cause we could use the destination-ness of it by our shop, but it's still in the neighborhood, so we'll probably partake of some. More importantly, props to me for learning how to think about neighborhood demographics and retail/restaurant viability. Of course, they've gone from just a couple shops to a whole bunch more pretty fast, so maybe it's inevitable they'd end up here. In any case, if you know of any coolio shops looking for a space in a dope hood... send 'em our way!

What else? Lots of "small" or technical things, like checking dimensions on all the equipment and laying it out in the space, or dropping paperwork off at the Alderman's office, or juggling funds from account to account to make sure the money's where it's needed, or picking up rapid set cement at Home Depot to patch the basement floor, or going to the National Restaurant Show and dealing with vendors... stuff like that. Also mediating between parties, trying to keep everything running smoothly... that's no small job.

Ok, now the good stuff... we've passed both rough electrical and rough plumbing inspections:



That means we're on to drywall. Woo-hoo...


Yeah... That's what we're talkin' about!

1 comment:

Steve said...

Cool! I was thinking about getting a baby coffee tree as well..But I am a bit worried that I won't be able to take good care of the little fella, because I have trouble taking care of myself... : )

Have a great holiday weekend!