What is it that they say about change? As soon as one gets used to something, it’s time to do it differently? Well, ‘they’ must be right! I have had the privilege of working with amazing young women at the helm of the coffeehouse these last 6 years. (It seems unbelievable to say 6 years!!). And, it seems it is time to say good bye to one more talented young woman off to conquer the world.
After a good year at the helm, Megan Jolin will be leaving us as she moves to points south to continue growing her skill set and going on all new adventures. She has been a tremendous asset to the Coffeehouse and I hope you can stop in to say good bye before she leaves and to thank her for her great service.
I am very excited to announce that taking the reins will be Stephanie Mansfield, most recently of Hardwick Crossing. Many of our customers have already told me what a great catch she is for the coffeehouse, and having a familiar face will make the transition a little easier. Stephanie brings many years of experience with her as well as a head full of ideas to kick off a summer season of activities. We are already in full fair planning mode.
6 YEARS! We really did celebrate our 6th anniversary. And, while we chose to let the day pass quietly, in my mind, it is no small milestone. We survived a flood, COVID and other economic pressures, and we are optimistic about our future. With each challenge, we learn something new about ourselves and how best to serve this community we love so much. We exist to serve so if you have any ideas, we’d love to hear them. Do you miss dinners? Can we help plan an event? Would you like to see more activities? Let’s hear your ideas. And, as always, stop in and say hello. See you on the Common!
Every year we create a list of all the things we want to change, and every year the task seems so big that things fall off that list one by one until we are down to those items that really matter the most to us. Businesses are no different and the start of every year brings another opportunity to refresh goals and refocus energies on those things that are most important to success. Here at the Coffeehouse, that means starting to rethink what will work best on our menu. Are there enough hearty meal options for those folks who work hard and need the fuel? For those of us trying to create healthier eating habits, do we have enough options that we can look forward to eating? And, what about simply adding new items to give our creative cooking sides room to work? We heard you on that Italian Sandwich but keep your ideas coming; what else would you like to see?
Another January focus is creating a work environment to meets the needs of our employees. We applaud the state's efforts to improve the lives of the state's workers as the minimum wage, again increasing this year, on it's way to $15.00 per hour by 2023. The raises went in to effect a couple of years ago, and during this time, we have tried our best to absorb these costs. We take our commitment to the community very seriously, and that includes pricing our menu items appropriately so as not to be a burden. Our entire work force lives within 10 miles of the Coffeehouse, and I am grateful every day for having been so lucky to find such a quality workforce right in our own backyard. Every penny we make goes right back in to the business (as owner, I do not draw a cent) and stays right here in this area. To be able to achieve self-sufficiency, we will be raising prices to keep in line with the rising cost of doing business, and we hope you will continue to support us in our efforts.
Now that we have had our vacation, we are ready to get back to the business of serving you, and we are so ready for a great year! Dinners have been such a hit that we'll be continuing them. Make sure to check back for other announcements and happenings. With our newly finished backyard space, there's so much we can do back there! What a year it will be! Caitlin, Emily and the gang are doing such an amazing job but we'd love to hear your ideas for anything new, and as always, thank you for being so supportive of our small business. See you on the Common!
In March, we find winter start to pull back and spring begin to pull ahead. So much change is coming as we wait for buds to appear on trees and grass to slowly come back to life. It's hard to imagine with this much snow still on the ground that in just a few short week, so much life will burst through. We have great plans for our gardens and yard here at the coffeehouse, it's hard to be patient! Having lived in the south with only 1 season to endure in a year - hot and less hot - what I missed most was the feeling on those first warm days of spring that under the warming sun, anything was possible!
To chase away any lingering winter blues, we turn out sights here at the coffeehouse to plans for our outdoor spaces. So many folks have said how much they enjoy our back patio. We love to hear that so we are planning to expand out outdoor areas by putting a gazebo out back to give even more seating space. Your feedback is important to us, and we are incorporating your wishes to increase that area. The bonfires last year, beer tent nights and corn hole games were so popular we want to build on that momentum! Stay tuned for updates on our progress in creating the perfect yard!
In other exciting news, we received our first delivery of all local milk this past weekend. What I didn't realize is that the price of milk has not changed in almost 30 years! What other product has kept the same price for that length of time? In an effort to do what we can, we have decided to support our local dairy farmers by participating in all-local milk deliveries. We'd love to share our experience.
And, lastly, dinners are back on Thursday nights here at the coffeehouse, and we love it when so many people stop in to have dinner here or to grab take out. To be able to meet your friends and enjoy a home-cooked meal so close to home is one of our favorite ways to participate in our community. We hope you will stop in soon!
With new menu items and different ideas put in to action here, isn't it time to check out what's going on right here on the common? See you soon!
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