I look around my small coffee shop and I smile. It has always been my dream to own one and now it’s a reality. I love making gourmet coffee, or experimenting with different roasts and friends and family always look forward to my concoctions.
It’s still early in the morning, so the window shades are down. I should pull them up for some sunshine to come in. I used to have blinds but it was just not easy to clean. Well, we didn’t know how until we checked out www.blindsnshades.org. I ended up checking their site out, and what a revelation. They have window solutions for everything!
My sister bakes, being a full time mom since she got married fifteen years ago, she has decided to make everything from scratch when it comes to food. The funny thing is I can’t remember her ever being in the kitchen when we were younger. She was always out with friends or at cheerleading practice. And the library took up much of her time when she went to university.
Well, she married a lawyer and with three kids, she thought it was best if she quit her job at an accounting firm and be the parent present to the kids. In the process, she has become the unexpected kitchen goddess of the family. Even I looked forward to Thanksgiving at her home. She can whip up practically anything in the pantry and has become kitchen savvy by cooking something of whatever is available.
My coffee shop is very near an office building, and have become the go-to place for the people working there. I didn’t want to change the concept of a coffee shop by serving meals. But it was just an opportunity that is too good to pass up. So instead of serving meals to diners, I added a small counter for meals to go. We started with pasta and sandwiches. I noticed that a good number of people going inside the building were Asians. So some hotpot semi Chinese fusion meals joined the menu, chicken wings, and then some Paleo or some other specific kind of diet foods joined the throng. Now I can see a lot of ladies through my blinds carrying their yoga mat drop by for some vegan meals to go.
It is a weird combination. But as my grandfather in Hong Kong used to say, it’s a good problem. Indeed it is a good problem because I have to address the needs of customers which means business is good. I even allow small dogs inside the coffee shop, to the concern of the baristas. Well, we only allow them in if the owners can take care of any ‘accidents’. We’ve had none so far.
There only 12 tables in my coffee shop and that’s how I like it. Cozy where people get to meet new friends, or know that they belong to the same neighbourhood or building. I like it that we have a little community here where people greet each other a good day over a cup of coffee.
The day breaks, and in a few minutes, I know we’ll be serving coffee.