AFTER A YEAR OF NO’S I GOT ONE YES THAT CHANGED IT ALL FOR ME. I got a text from a good friend, owner of Adored Vintage, AND IT READ…
I got a text from a good friend, owner of Adored Vintage, AND IT READ, "JUST SIGNED A LEASE ON A NEW SPACE, WONDERING IF YOU HAVE PLANS OF DOING COFFEE/BAKE POP UPS? COULD BE A GOOD WAY TO GET THE BALL ROLLING for your business.”
She, was one of the few people who knew that I had spent the better part of 2018 trying to open a brick and mortar coffee shop in my neighborhood. Weekly she would hear about my successes and failures along the way; “I got a grant!” “I can’t find a loan” “I found a loan!” and then finally when it all came to a screeching halt “I’ve lost my job.”
At the beginning of 2019 I lost my job which made it impossible for me to secure funding. It was devastating, but not for the usual reasons. I knew it was ok. My husband and I have done this before. It was devastating because I had finally felt like It was the right time to go really hard after a dream and then I failed. I couldn’t make it happen.
I couldn’t make it happen
JUST AS I CONVINCED MYSELF THAT MY INTUITION MUST HAVE BEEN WRONG and my plans were better suited for many years down the road, I got that text. And in my excitement I asked no questions and responded “YESSS.” (I know, I know, I’m so sophisticated)
A few days later we met up and our ideas began to evolve. What was going to be an occasional pop up became a fully functioning cafe in her soon-to-open concept shop. Our ideas on fostering community, hospitality, and service we’re so inline I couldn’t tell where hers ended and mine started.
After leaving that night on my way home, I realized I didn’t even ask where exactly the new space was. I text her the next day for the address and when she responded I got butterflies.
AFTER LEAVING THAT NIGHT ON MY WAY HOME, I REALIZED I DIDN’T EVEN ASK WHERE EXACTLY THE NEW SPACE WAS. I TEXT HER THE NEXT DAY FOR THE ADDRESS AND WHEN SHE RESPONDED I GOT BUTTERFLIES. I knew this building. I knew it so well.
About 7 years ago, when my husband and I first moved to Portland, I rented a small space in the back of this building as a shared letterpress studio. I remember many late nights there pulling prints, endless trial and error, being so tired, being so happy. It was a sweet moment of whimsy when I realized the address she messaged me was that very building.
When we went to the space together I was overwhelmed. I felt like I arrived. That may sound like an exaggeration, but it wasn’t for me. All I wanted in my pursuit to open a brick and mortar was to have a space of any shape or size to serve people. To make people beautiful pastries, and coffee, and tea, and create a special moment in someone’s day.
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So here we are. Just a couple of long weeks away from opening. I’m scurrying through lists and paint samples. Eating more pastries and drinking more coffee than I ever have. Crossing all the t’s and dotting all the i’s. Just dreaming of opening day and serving you the very best.
Can’t wait to see you, friend.