Preliminary Coffee Equipment Supply List

We are ready to get real about opening our shop. In order to do that, we need to be realistic about the scope of a shop we can afford, and that includes the interior as well as the shop itself. As Mom wrote about in her blog, Future Coffee Shop- It’s about time! Over the…

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Why Join a Chamber of Commerce?

logo for U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Recently we have let our membership in our local chamber of commerce lapse. It was completely by accident. We got busy trying to get our business off the ground and spent most of our money, energy and time on our own business. However, over the past couple of weeks, the Director of Business Development for…

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Market Dilemma

Business decisions are sometimes tough.  I believe it’s also pretty darn simple; are we spending more than we’re bringing in?  The hardest part here is remembering that we have to separate the business part from the personal part (coming straight from my favorite movie, You’ve Got Mail)!  And yet, personal is an important part of…

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‘Organic’ versus ‘Natural’ food Labels

Going off of the theme of my last post on “organic” food labeling, there is another food label that is making quite the impression lately. While it may not be as popular, as hip, or as ubiquitous as “Organic”, it is still just as confusing as a label. The label I’m talking about is the…

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Business Model update 7-23-18

Later this year, 2018, Pima County will be making some changes to the permitting and licensing of food establishments; in particular, mobile food establishments.  Still looking them over, but the county will be mirroring Maricopa County’s policies.  Here is a link to the basics and I’ll be posting the new Pima County policies as soon…

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Being "Organic" is not just about the food.

One of the first questions we always get at markets is if our cookies are organic. I really don’t like this question to be honest. I know its cynical, but I’ve often seen that “organic” label that is stamped on fruits and vegetables at the grocery store as a fashionable food trend, or a way…

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The Farmer’s Market Community

The farmer’s market is a community in of itself with rules, whether spoken or not, to help it thrive and therefore, be successful.  Really just like everyday life!  Follow the rules, everything is good. Our first venture, outside of the antique fair, was quite intimidating.  This particular farmer’s market was a highly successful one, although…

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Why are we Simple?

First things first! We love baking homemade cookies and brownies, along with selling and developing a relationship with our customers, even if it is only for the moment and a single transaction.  Something about real-time, personal interaction with humans, and of course, the non-human, four-pawed kind, is actually pretty special. Many times though, our conversation…

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