I’ve been thinking about this blog post for a long time. Getting here, to our first year of owning a business seems like it would take forever and honestly, it went by quick. We went in full blast with our hearts fully invested and I suppose our pockets were as well. We have battled a lot of scheduling issues though, I think we’ve got it down. Improving on things around the shop has been a challenge, and there’s always something to update, but I think we’ve got that too. Staying away from Hub’s on our day off has also been a challenge as we enjoy being hanging out at the shop, but I think we’ve managed to have some kind of work-life-balance schedule.
We’ve learned quite a bit the past year and some are quite unforgettable. We’ve learned that it’s best to keep copies of the bathroom key on the side. We know now that some of our regulars like their coffee and sandwiches very, very specific. If you make the soy too hot, it will be tofu. We know that things can break down, which requires your handyman hat and your plumber pants. And though our employees are superstars, they can get sick and oddly, they have a life outside the coffee shop. Who knew?
We’ve also gotten to know some our regulars. We even have buttons for some and others we just know what they want as soon as they walk through that door. Like the couple who buys the Butterbeer and three shots of espresso, the guy who likes he’s cappuccino dry, the bagel with tomato guy, the lady who loves her milk, the everything smoothie from open mic, and the early bird who loves his iced extra shot mocha. Of course, there’s the guy who I can chat with about our political views in hush tones, LOL. The guy who wears that cowboy hat, the Warriors fan, the book club ladies, the teachers, the Meriwest crew, the Chef, the Chavez crew, the city council crew, the firemen, and so many others. We love getting to know them! I can’t believe our networking has gotten so big in just a year. I can honestly say, some have become friends.
On June 17th of this month, we celebrated our One Year Anniversary by having some of the most talented people in our community come out and perform. It was such an AMAZING DAY of performances. It couldn’t have been more perfect. I wanted to share the day with you so, I added the links below.. Thank you, Lan, for capturing every moment!!!
Here are the links to each set.
Here’s a link to pictures from that day.
These performers were more than willing to volunteer their time to help us celebrate. And quick to answer! Not only these guys are very talented in what they do, they are also very supportive of this community. Free Spirit, I know you guys had other events so, thank you much for starting off our celebration! Eric B. and Crew, I know it was more than your usual time to perform, thank you for stretching out your set!. Lindsay and Drew, Drew and Lindsay, thank you for the awesome performance. Sweat-stash and all. Jake, Band, and Donna, thank you all for spending the time with us. We can always count on you!. Eurotrash, you guys are always there! thank you! Last but not least, Ian. We’re so very glad you were able to come. You’re one of the first ones to say yes! Thank you for your support!
With all that said.
To the community who supports us to no ends. Troy, Tony V., James, Mike T., and Lambert, Thank you for spending the day with us. To our Open Mic Family, who’s always, always there to support, not only to share their talent but to showing up to all our events. Thank you! To our regulars, who love our coffee and sandwiches, who are always patient, who are always willing to give us compliments and/or honest but respectful opinions or suggestions, we appreciate you! Of course, thank you, Ray of City Espresso. We can always count on this guy. Thank you to our family and friends, who come in to support despite our location being out of their way. You guys are all kinds of awesome!
To our AMAZING Baristas, who makes the most delicious sandwiches, lattes to die for, and are loved by our customers, thank you for all you do! We truly have a good crew.