Our Year and Resolutions: 2016

It was quite a year.

JANUARY

We hosted our first annual (SOLD OUT) Dolly Parton Birthday Celebration: All Dolly-ed Up!. Entertainment was provided by the talented and lovely Meghan Murphy, with accompaniment by Jimmy. Proceeds from All Dolly-ed Up! were donated to Chicago Books to Women in Prison.

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also invited us to take part in their opening celebration for Snowflake.

FEBRUARY

Two Brothers Coffee Roasters became our official store brand.

 
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And we applied for our patio permit!

MARCH

Barista Aneisa Hicks

joined the team!

 

Spring Cleaning was done with vigor and included a remodel of the bathroom (which sorely needed it), installation of energy efficient lighting throughout the store, and new patio furniture and surround.

MAY

Our first annual Mother's Day Brunch was a success.

 

JUNE

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Line Cook Arthur Jones

oined the team!

 

We also hosted a neighborhood meet-and-greet with Windy City Paws walking service. There were MANY charming adoptable dogs on site.

We made and delivered 100 bagged lunches for the women of Sarah's Circle with the help of Emma Couling and Shannon Sullivan.

 
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JULY

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The entire staff

went to see Independence Day: Resurgence.

SEPTEMBER

Fall cleaning helped us get ready for the school year and included a redesign of the cafe interior.

We hosted a get-together on our patio for new Ravenswood Elementary parents.

Local artist Eric Kirsammer displayed his sculpture in our front window (and sold a few pieces!).

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We got a SICK new espresso machine.

OCTOBER

After many months of tears/fears/hopes/worries, we announced we will be opening our second location, The Satellite Cafe, at 942 West Montrose. You can read more about our next endeavor HERE.

We gave out over 800 lbs of free pumpkins to the neighborhood and welcomed trick-or-treaters on Halloween night with bags of housemade puppy chow and a scary movie screening in-store.

 
 

Common Pantry invited us to participate again in their annual "I Am Your Neighbor" fundraising gala. We served espresso mousse, mini cupcakes, and housemade root beer.

NOVEMBER

Uplift Beauty, owned by Rae Allina, moved in down the street and we hosted her grand opening party. Welcome to the neighborhood, Rae!

With the help of Friends of Ravenswood we donated four Thanksgiving dinners to families in need at Ravenswood Elementary.

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Tim bought a bike

to help us transport goods between our two locations.
(Reno was and is not a fan.)

We also hosted our friends and family!

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We also hosted our friends and family!

Then we encouraged our customers to #shopsmall by raffling off some boss prizes.

 
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Erin Baker transformed the cafe into a winter wonderland.

 

DECEMBER

In celebration of opening our first space in Uptown, we participated in the Winter Walk on Wilson and got to meet many of our new neighbors.

We hosted our first annual Holiday Awareness Dinner, featuring the Awakenings Foundation, a local non profit dedicated to making visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence.

 
 

Here's what's next:

JANUARY

All Dolly-ed Up! on January 19th. Proceeds will be donated to Project Fierce Chicago, a local non-profit dedicated to providing transitional housing for homeless LGBTQ youth.

FEBRUARY

The opening of The Satellite Cafe!

Thank you to our friends, family, and neighbors for making our 2016 such a success. We're looking forward to serving you in 2017.

All the best,
Margaret and Tim