52 Weeks Ago….

#tbt Throwback Thursday – a look back in time…. if you had told us 52 weeks from when this picture was taken, we would be holding a Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting at our own shop, we would have told you “you’re crazy!” Thankfully, doors have been opened and we have been blessed beyond measure and that is where we find ourselves – at 58 Griffin Street (next to Blumen Trio).

We began selling publicly in the Summer of 2012 in the parking lot next to Courthouse Square Market with a handful of other vendors. One year ago this weekend, the market moved inside the Chafin Building and we took this picture (before we “decked out” our space). Tomorrow at 10am, we hold an official ribbon cutting at 58 Griffin Street thanks to Main Street McDonough Program Program! Come celebrate the new chapter in our business with us!

Thanks to all of our customers who have been a part of this journey so far and we look forward to the days to come and what doors will open that we didn’t even know were there….sort of like this one….. We get nervously excited just wondering what’s next because it may not look like we think it will but we know it will be great!

This was our first weekend inside the Chafin Building, Feb 2, 2013
This was our first weekend inside the Chafin Building, Feb 2, 2013
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It’s so crazy!

I have wanted to sit and tell you about all the incredible things going on in our lives right now with this business. (I’d tell you about all the stuff not about this business if you’d like but that might be too much too soon!) We have so many people come up and offer their hands in support that it has become almost impossible to wrap our minds around it all. Just last night, or rather, yesterday afternoon, we had an “open house” for some family and friends who have helped out with various stages of this venture so far. It was simply our way to say, “Let us serve these special people first before anyone else.” We tried to thank everyone but pretty much just stood there and mumbled and cried for a few minutes and some discernable words were understood but not much else. Honestly, it was mostly understandable but there was a lot of crying going on. We have been so blessed by so many people so far! It has been amazing to see people come into our lives that we never knew before and offer to help in ways that were SO needed. Thank you all!

Today is surreal. It is the day before we open something we have dreamed about for years. We should be scared to death – at least I think we should be – but we aren’t. We should be as nervous as a long-tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs – but we aren’t. It is so crazy! We had an owner of a very successful Henry County business tell us last weekend, “You don’t look nervous or tired enough to be about to open a business.” (or something loosely interpreted like that) Trust us, we ARE tired but we are super excited about what this business can mean for so many people. Thank you for making this a reality. We are so very thankful we get to do this.

So I am posting and Alicia is working on getting ready for tomorrow….. when she finds out, I’ll be in trouble.  Don’t tell her, please. 🙂

My phone just went off again with a “please bring me this too” text.

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Resuscitation of 58 Griffin Street

Our first few months of marriage were spent in an apartment – tidy and lovely but an apartment nonetheless. Before our first six month’s lease was expired, we had identified a houseto move to located in historic downtown Macon, GA. (See Google maps screen capture below.) This house had been constructed in 1870 and was left in mid-renovation. We knew we wanted out of the apartment and this was where we wanted to move to. We bought it and got the renovation started up again. That time we did ALL the work ourselves except for a few things like hanging sheetrock.  It was a purchase that we look back on with great memories and thankfulness for the opportunity to have done that. It prepared us somewhat for what we have been doing the past few weeks here in McDonough.

424 Orange St
424 Orange Street, Macon, GA

These past few weeks have been crazy! It seems a day doesn’t go by that we aren’t finding ourselves at 58 Griffin doing something. Early on we were simply raking acorns in the yard because there were about 500 pounds of them left from the past few years of neglect. Next we moved to trimming limbs hanging too low into the yard. We couldn’t see past the limbs and you couldn’t see in past the limbs….so we trimmed ’em up. Then came the death vines that were clawed into the house….who knew ivy could grow like that?!?!?! We then began the renovations with the help of Mike Fountain Construction. Mike Fountain and Marc Pirtle have done a great job working on this for us. I’d love to tell you about all the text messages, phone calls and voicemails that we have all swapped over the past few weeks during all this construction project but there’s no time for all of those. It’s been an adventure! We’ve been working on making this a place that preserved the history of the house and renovated the beauty of its original construction while also making it a gathering place for McDonough.

 

It’s crazy! We hadn’t planned on finding a new home for our roaster and production of our coffees. After all, we just built a nice roasting building that we could operate from. However, the time seemed right so why should we say “no” or “wait”? We have come to realize that time is the only thing we can’t get back. Why should we wait when all we do is lose the opportunity to make a difference? Why should we wait when we can partner with our kids and make a difference together? In our family, in our community and in the world. If we aren’t careful, we’ll let time slip by and then life is over. We don’t believe that life was designed to be lived like that.

Thanks for all of those of you who have already extended hands to help, said words to encourage, brought prayers to maintain and bought coffee to sustain our business. We appreciate it more than you know!

This seems like much of a rambling and I am sorry it is but it’s just thoughts on my mind.

See you at 58 Griffin Street soon….

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Henry Herald Interview

Thanks to the Henry Herald for the interview regarding our new venture at 58 Griffin Street. I’d love to spend a few hours sharing about what we are doing and how things are going there but quite honestly, that wouldn’t be enough time. I’m sure we’ll be sharing all that soon enough. So far it has been a blast. We were honored to have this opportunity to share a peek into our vision for the Queen Bee Coffee Company’s new digs.

Click here to see the article written by The Henry Daily Herald.

Thanks for visiting!

(photo copyright Henry Daily Herald)

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