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!
I just love this time of year, as the leaves fall and our gardens get cleared out, we begin to plan for life indoors. While summer is not an ideal baking time, fall and winter provide us with a great reason to fire up the oven and warm the house with enticing smells of pumpkin, apple and spices!
Here at the coffeehouse, as we prepare for our first Harvest Dinner, we're looking to try new things to bake and share. The dinner menu has been posted on the website (MimisCoffeehouse.com), and we hope to see everyone who has taken a break from our dinners. The girls are hard at work preparing an extra special meal so please plan to join us Thursday.
The summer brought so many exciting changes, and we'd love your feedback on what you'd like to see more of and where we can still improve. How fun it is sharing our beautiful patio with everyone in our Beer Garden, and we cannot wait to start them again next spring! Change is coming to our backyard space so I hope you will be with us as we unveil our new patio area next year.
Donuts, you say? We are pleased to share that we will be starting donut sales again. Our previous supplier, Chmurra's, changed their delivery options and so it has been a while since we've been able to carry them but Steph has been hard at work finding new options. Come in to try Duva Bakeries' donuts. We can't wait to share them with you.
And lastly, it isn't too early to start planning your family get-togethers for Thanksgiving. Why stress about making all this food when we can help take that burden off your shoulders. Stop in and ask Steph and Emily about all the yummy catering trays we can create for you. Need a sandwich platter for an easy lunch gathering? Or how about a dessert tray with cookies, muffins or sweet breads? We can create whatever is sure to please in your price range so relax, we've got you covered!
As you can tell, things are humming along here, and we'd love to get your feedback while you enjoy a steaming pumpkin spice latte or a creamy hot chocolate with a homemade muffin. We look forward to seeing you here on the common.
d As I turned the calendar page to July yesterday, I realized again how quickly time passes! And, here we are approaching our 1 year anniversary, and things are hopping at the coffeehouse. We are a couple of months into our dinners on Thursday nights, and the response has been resoundingly positive. We are so glad you appreciate our effort. As we move forward, we'd love your feedback on dinners so far. What have been your favorite dinner options? What would you like to see us do more or maybe less? How can we improve what we do to better accommodate your needs? Let's hear you, Hardwick!
With our 1 year anniversary quickly approaching, we are hard at work planning some fun stuff. Currently, we have another soap party on the books for Friday, July 20 and spots are filling up fast so respond today to reserve your spot. Our last class filled quickly and space is limited; don't wait to put your names on the list. We have something extra special to kick off the class so stay tuned for more info.
Our new menu has been a success and your feedback really positive. Keep those comments coming on what you'd like to see us serve here at the coffeehouse. We've got new syrup flavors for some creative and new coffee drinks, and we'd love to create another just for you.
If you're able to stop in during the morning, you'll notice we bake every day so that the items in our bake case are as fresh as possible for you. Who knows, with my new bread cookbooks and hot off a bread-making class, maybe we can start to make our own fresh-baked bread. Things are always changing here so if you haven't been in in a while, maybe it's time for a visit. For example, did you know that we provide boxed lunches to Hardwick Winery on the weekends? While enjoying their amazing wines, you can snack on a freshly-made chicken salad sandwich or maybe a turkey bacon wrap. What a great way to spend an afternoon!
We've gotten so many great summer party catering orders, and we'd love to help make your event perfect. Need brunch ideas? Or how about a backyard pool party with family and friends? Ask us how we can take some of the burden off your shoulders while planning that fun summer party. We could offer to deliver your order if that would be helpful as well. Maybe you'd like to host a party at the coffeehouse (including that back patio); we're happy to help!
Things are changing, and we are so grateful to be a part of this community. Your support has been so important to us. We hope to see you soon for a cold beer with friends or a peaceful glass of wine in one of the rocking chairs. Everyday is a great day on the Common!
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