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!