A New Chapter
Happy 2018 Everyone!
So here it is ... just like that.... WE BOUGHT A COFFEE SHOP!!!!!
It's a pretty exciting time and for those that didn't read the first part of this story off the newsletter, let me backtrack a bit.
At the start of 2017 things looked pretty promising for my business. I'd just finished a couple of highly customized photo books for a friend and I had a contract with a major University here in Alberta. By spring however the contract had fizzled and there were no new prospects on the photo books. I was pretty disheartened and didn't really know what to do next. I continued to hone my craft of bookbinding and signed up to take a Gothic Bookbinding course in July.
The course was cancelled as the instructor was very ill. Again I was left wondering what to do next. But a couple of weeks after that course was to have taken place a friend shared an item on Facebook that caught my eye. It was an ad for a little coffee shop in the next town north of us, and it was for sale. I paused on it, read the ad in detail looked at a few other things and then went on with my day.
But Facebook is smart and knew that I'd shown an interest in this item and it kept showing up on my newsfeed. So finally I contacted the owner and Gary and I met Kim on a really hot day in August. I was familiar with The Koffee Kabin as a friend and I met up there occasionally but Gary had not seen it before. It's a little place but packed with charm.
Eventually I'd made up my mind that I'd like to pursue this and Gary was completely on board. I spent months doing research and creating a viable business plan and felt ready to take my dream to a bank. However, banks aren't in the business of helping you fulfill dreams, banks are in the business of making money for their shareholders. I get taken in by the ads sometimes. At any rate the bank said no.
I wasn't really dejected after this latest hurdle because a good friend of ours told us about this wonderful non profit organizations that helps businesses in rural communities. After a bit of back and forth Community Futures approved us for a loan and on January 15, 2018 we will become owners of the lovely little Koffee Kabin in Carstairs Alberta.
Kim has done a great job of making this an inviting place to go to and a great foundation to build upon. I have big shoes to fill but there is so much potential for this little business that I'm beside myself with excitement.
A Few Changes
Initially there won't be much by way of change as I concentrate on learning how to make the best coffee/latte/cappuccino/tea etc for the Koffee Kabin customers. As time goes on you'll see some things added: sandwiches will be added and I make a mean garlic bread, there will be take-out and one of the most exciting things for me is that we're going to make this space available for workshops of all sorts. For example, I'll be putting on a bookbinding workshop in February sometime and Gary has a workshop that helps small business owners and professionals figure out what they want to do in retirement.
The space will be available to artisans if they want to hold a paint night or some kind of workshop to educate about their craft. It will also be available to those individuals that are distributors for companies and need a place to hold a party to talk about their products.
There will be books as I'm a former publisher and still have books for sale. There will be journals as this is what I make. You'll see some other small changes as well and hopefully you'll see it as making a lovely little coffee shop even better.
Ultimately we want to ensure that this is a place where a person can sit down, have a good cup of coffee or tea, have a chat with a friend, surf the Internet, read or do whatever they need to do in order to recharge and face the world again.
To provide healthy, delicious hot and cold beverages and light lunches in a place that’s relaxing and comfortable. To provide a place that people want to come back to.
We hope to see you there!