Friday, January 18, 2008

joe who?

*smiles*

We got this nice little write-up in the food section of the Tribune this Wednesday.

For the record, not all of our baristas are bearded.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Ahhhh....

Finally a chance to take a deep breath...

Nice.

So... Happy New Year from our Happy New Coffee Shop!


We're alive and well, closing up our fourth week of being open for business. I guess tomorrow is the start of our fifth week, though I swear that must have been the fastest four weeks ever!

We already have quite the cadre of regulars, and of course we want to thank all you guys who have posted to the blog or come by the shop to check it out and meet us. It's been our pleasure, for sure, and we hope to see more of you!

Now that we've got the basics down (e.g. aren't running out of milk, coffees and pastries every other day!), we're regrouping and figuring out how to do what we're doing even better. Our staff has been awesome, very flexible and patient, and they're all learning by leaps and bounds which is amazing to watch.

We've got a lot of work still ahead of us, but now that Miguel and I are at least sleeping and eating more like human beings, anything seems possible!

Other stuff in the works:
We're still down a Robur grinder... we see signs of ComEd around the place, but no promised electrical upgrade delivery date yet!

Our full exterior signage is still waiting on our contractors/trades' schedules, but we might put up some temporary signage to get a bit more street visibility.

More descriptive interior signage/informative descriptions/explanations is in the plan too... hope to find some time for it soon.

Developing our ongoing training program/coffee eduction plan. We're on our way to everyone at meeting our minimums, now we try to figure out how to get to the maximums!

Marketing.... letting people know we're here! We've got some press in the works and we'll be brainstorming how to focus our efforts. Hopefully a "Grand Opening" shin-dig will be a part of this.

Other stuff. Office stuff. Money stuff. Taxes stuff. Vendor stuff. Staff stuff. You know... running-a-coffee-shop-stuff.

I'll tell you though, all that stuff... SO much better than waiting-on-utilities-stuff!!! The "yay!" still hasn't gone away yet. Yay! Yay! Yay!

So come on by. We'll be smiling. We'll do coffee.