Open Mic night at the Local: the Broken Mic
We had our first ever event last night at the Local: The Broken Mic night by To Live and Write in Alameda. My friend, Bronwyn Emery, organized a turn out of 23 participants who all got up to deliver three minute stories. A great group who did some very creative stories; some sad, some loud and all interesting. Check them out at: www.toliveandwrite.org. Absolutely the kind of event I love and we will do more of them in the coming months.
We have been having fun trying out new things and learning what people like at the shop. We already make great coffee, but because we are a new business we enjoy listening to what our customers are telling us. Ways to improve certain things, or suggestions for the menu, etc..
We have an incredible amount of requests for avocados, and because they are in season we have had the opportunity to experiment. And what better than a smoothie with all the major food groups?
We made a first one with spinach, avo, honey and soy milk, but something was missing... and then a nice lady came in with her child and we asked her to sample. Her immediate answer was, “needs banana and cinnamon. “. No hesitation. Just like that- bam.
And so we did what she suggested and now we are off to the races!
Another big day of giving at the local
For the past four days we have been accepting charitable items on behalf of those recently “un-homed” due to the massive fires in Sonoma County. Our little town of Alameda has organized to gather up supplies for all of our neighbors up north.
The Local has been filled daily with goods, then dutifully organized, put on a truck and shipped North.
It is been a truly amazing experience and each day I’m surprised again by the giving and charitable spirit of our community.
Our last scheduled pick up is Friday morning, October 13th at 10am. Any last minute donations need to arrive by 8 am. Then we get to devise a plan for future relief efforts.
And through it all, the cafe has stayed open. I apologize to some of our guests who are here to work and the noise is gotten a little louder than normal.
I need to thank so many people, but that’ll have to come later once we are through the rush.