Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The location is a stand alone "barn" in Pittsford's Schoen Place/Northfield Commons (see picture at left). Northfield Commons at Schoen Place is a cute little shopping area in the upscale town of Pittsford (a suburb of Rochester), and the building features a lot of open space and a fireplace at the far end. There is plenty of parking and a lot of small shops there (think: bored husband while wife shops...). The working name for my shop is JuJu Beans (credit to Elizabeth), and my ideas for the shop include:
- Featuring a locally roasted coffee, most likely Canaltown Roasters (because they make my favorite flavor: Jamican Me Crazy Decaf). There would also be the usual selection of lattes, espresso, cappucino, frozen drinks, etc.
- Superior baked goods - that's one of my major beefs about coffeehouses in Rochester. It's tough to find anything beyond mediocre muffins, bagels and the usual desserts. I would interview several bakers and choose the best one.
- Great specials - coupons, discount nights, punch cards and lots of marketing
- A children's corner - for Mommy mornings so they can hang together while the kids play
- A spotlight on local artists - which would change monthly, including a meet the artist night
- basic lunch offerings in the form of speciality wraps, paninis, sandwiches, soups and salads
- Live music - occasionally during the week, weekend mornings (something classic), and weekend evenings
- Bookclubs - we will host book clubs and offer them a free airpot of coffee for meeting at the shop
- Mark the Barista - the plan is for Mark to leave his job and manage the shop while I stay at my full-time job for benefits and to plan for the kid's college...at least until the shop takes off. He knows he will need to undergo extensive training (barista and otherwise).
- Game night and open mic night
- My dog hanging in the corner - that's part of the dream!
What do you think? Now, if only I would win the lottery...have $100,000 fall from the sky...inherit a bundle from an unknown relative...
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
In our 24 hour whirlwind tour we also managed to stop by and see my Aunt, have breakfast with my cousin Jean, and take a trip TO ANOTHER COUNTRY (okay, just Canada) to visit relatives there. It always amazes me that we can drive 10 miles and be in a different culture where people speak another language and eat different foods. When I take the time to think about it, it's pretty cool, actually.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Good luck, Fairport FIRST!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Last week Annalisse started her first experience with Fairport Crew (rowing sport club) when she began winter training. She's really excited about the "working out" part, but also about the actual crew activities. Because she's very petite, her friend Mo had suggested she join the team in hopes of being the coxswain (pronounced: coxsin). The role of a coxswain is to:
- Keep the boat and rowers safe at all times by properly steering the boat (according to the river or regatta rules and safety for the crew), whose role within the team is to:
- Be in command of the boat
- Coach the crew when the coach is not present
- Provide motivation and encouragement to the crew
- To provide feedback on the crew performance both in and out the races
- Make any necessary tactical decisions
- Organise and direct the crew at all times, including when putting the boat away etc.
- Be responsible for the vessel; in the event of a collision, the coxswain is accountable under maritime law as 'Master of the vessel' (although the stroke may be sometimes the captain of the boat)
Wow! Sounds important, doesn't it? One of the character traits necessary for a coxswain is to have a loud voice and be bossy. Annalisse was born for this role!!
As part of the fundraising efforts for the team, there will be a "Row for Community" fundraiser on Saturday, March 21, where you can sponsor Annalisse during her designated rowing "slot." This event, in it's 5th year, has made Fairport Crew the single largest donator to the Perinton Food Shelf. If you would like to sponsor Annalisse (suggested plege: $10, but it can be any amount) you can do so online at www.fairportcrew.org. Donations are tax deductible. Thanks in advance for your consideration!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Carrying on the habit of listening to him as an adult, my kids also liked to tune into Paul Harvey (when we say his name we always say PaulHarvey, like it's one word). Many a time in the car we would wait with rapt attention to hear the end of "The Rest of The Story," and would try to guess who he, or his son, Paul Harvey, Jr. was talking about before the story was finished. His voice and style transcended generations, and I always said to Mark that when Paul Harvey was gone, that would be the end of an era. So, R.I.P. Paul Harvey, we will miss listening to you, and you've taken a piece of each of us with you.