“Thank you for being so transparent,” she said. I responded with “that’s just how we are around here.”
That was part of a conversation I had with a customer recently during her first visit to our coffee shop. As you read that it may seem like a really weird way to run a business or at the very least non-conventional when it comes to business “logic”. Just as I was encouraged when she said that in our conversation, we would be encouraged if you said that isn’t typical now. We don’t want to be typical.
We yearn for a time gone by when folks just dropped in and would sit-a-spell and catch up on the latest news around town… When a short break in your day would come and you knew there would be someone at the “spot” you’d know and you would go just to talk and visit…when you’d need a break and you’d simply hang a sing on the door that says “Gone Fishin’…”. Well, that’s what we’re doing. When we close on Saturday night of this week, we’ll be hanging out a sign that says “Gone fishin’… be back next week!” There are several reasons why we’ll be doing this.
First, we have said from the beginning that we are a family first and we are a business second. In the past FIVE months since we’ve opened, we haven’t changed our minds on that. We still believe in the value of our family (and yours) and we will continue to invest in that belief in spite of the cost of closing our doors for a week. We know this isn’t typical for any business to do this – especially one that is finishing up on the first six months in business. However, we see it differently. We think it makes perfect sense! Anything worth having will cost something. We believe we are investing in one of the most important things, our family. We also think that we’ve been rambling down this exciting journey now for over five months and we want to do a ‘check’ to make sure all is well with our family. School is done and to celebrate we’re going “fishin’…” for a few days. We’re going to be here and there so don’t worry about us, we’ll be back on June 3rd.
As a second point, we’ve been a part of an ongoing study for the past five months that has been about rest and how we were created for rest but yet we don’t rest. There’s no margin in our lives for rest. If you look at the society we live in, there is no time allowed for rest. We have created a world where we are expected to respond to a text no matter the time, answer emails no matter where we are, microwave our food because we don’t have time for water to boil, put on our makeup while we drive (I don’t do that by the way and neither does Alicia), race from work to the ball field and music practice and grab a burger on the way all in an effort to create a better life for us and the kids … but does it? No, it doesn’t. We know that if we are to truly get the rest we were created to experience, we have to create that margin in our lives. This week we are leaving the shop to create our margin. It is our rest. Yes it is physical rest but it is also mental, emotional and spiritual rest. You should find some time to rest too. Find a rest stop for your family.
Thirdly, we’ve got a lot of thinking to do. (Odd I should say it is mental rest and then say we’ve got thinking to do, right?) If you could but put a microphone in our minds, it would be nothing but a barrage of concepts and ideas that never seem to end. Honestly, we’ve got so many ideas we want to consider for Queen Bee Coffee Company and the McDonough community that we have to try to get some of them sorted out and on paper. We have ideas that we think will bring our community together in ways not seen in a while. We believe we can bring generations together so we can share life and wisdom together. We believe we can provide ways for families to come together like we haven’t done in a long time. We believe we can do more than bring great coffee to McDonough. We believe we can bring (and help create) great families to McDonough. Families come to a city because they like the places, the conveniences and opportunities they find there. Families stay in a city because they love what it does for their lives. They stay because they are having a great time in that city. They stay because it enriches their lives and in turn they enrich the community they live in. We believe we can be a small part of making McDonough the place where people don’t want to leave because they love living here.
So in short, we are taking a break before we embark on our second half of our first year. We will close on Saturday night and be closed Memorial Day Week. We will re-open on June 3rd. We are sorry if this is inconvenient for you and we hope you’ll understand.
We’ll be back, we promise.
Sunday – Monday (25th-26th) – Closed as normal
Tuesday – Saturday (27th-31st) – CLOSED – GONE FISHIN’….
Sunday – Monday (1st-2nd) – Closed as normal
Tuesday (June 3rd) – SIX MONTHS @ 58 GRIFFIN STREET – OPEN!!!!
What ya say we do something fun to celebrate our return on the 3rd and to celebrate our first SIX MONTHS at 58 Griffin Street?!?!?!