Hell of a couple of days. We opened the shop on the 25th, it was a pretty good day. Lots of people came in and we really excited to have the place up and running. Very different culture here, I’m sure in Seattle our first couple of days would have been total failure, here though, they rallied to the cause of a REAL coffee shop, that served REAL coffee and REAL food. We met our projections for the opening, so that was good. This will be a great place to build and expand and eventually have a template for more shops in other rural locations. The people genuinely want this sort of thing and were waiting with baited breath. Kim’s food is a hit, most of you know that. Everyone here remembers when folk here baked and cooked real food and welcome the opportunity to have it back. Sad to say a lot of that disappeared when the farm culture began to erode. Even more surprising to me is the teenagers that buy a real scone, a real muffin, can’t get enough of them and have a appreciation of good food. The small rustic pizzas are real hit, they provided a punch to the limited menu. Kim is in heaven as most of you who know her could imagine, the menu will constantly grow and change, keeping it fresh and interesting to all. I love being a barista! Even the old scandanavian duffers who have drank crappy brown colored water for sixty years love the fresh, rich coffee they get from a coffee machine. Very encouraging. We have a LONG way to go, but we’re excited. Now that the doors are open and all the hard work of getting open is done we can focus on the fun stuff we’ve talked about, like trivia nights, meet the brewer and wine maker nights, hanging art from local artist. Marilyn, my sister-in-law and I want to start an arts council in
Frederic and possibly use one of my out buildings for life drawing classes and such. The biggest challenge of this whole thing, and this is a small town thing, is getting “into” people’s habits. They half to know that we will be there, day in and day out. Once that happens, we’re golden. Saturday morning we had a busy morning, the real success was a group of four little old ladies who came in, bought coffees and pastries and went and sat down and chatted for a hour. Soon a couple of there kids (adult kids) came in and sat with them. They all bought and made themselves at home and shot the shit with each other. Fantastic.
Alrighty, so here is something I’m going to ask you all for. One, come visit as soon as possible. Two, our theme is spaghetti western, so we need that sort of decoration. Any movie posters, artifacts, etc, you can find let us know, we’d love to see it and add it to the shop. I’m on the hunt for Clint Eastwood movie posters, High ’em High, High Plains Drifter, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, posters.
Wow, other than that, this is the first time I’ve been able to reconnect with the outside world. I’m checking in on all my blogs and The Navarro’s site and new internet TV show. Lonsome Lil’s site by the way will be up real soon, I’ve been gathering content for it. It will also have a blog for you all the check in on. The Barnyard will remain my main personal site, where you can keep caught up with all things Dan, and I can stream the crap that wouldn’t be suitable for a business site, like “Sad Kermit”. Might not go over well with the locals,…or it might, who the hell knows.
So my brother-in-law Gary, plowed up my field and planted oats. We’ve kinda let him go crazy with it, something is being done with a empty field and he has a muse for his farming inclinations. A good deal. I have no time to be a farmer and a piece of empty land is insulting to a died in the wool farmer.
I’m posting up a link to Flickr with some pics here, so take a look. I built our bar, and it’s the best thing I’ve every built, so I’m real proud of it.