two unrelated stories-
The unofficial first year we had a Micron computer running Windows ’95, a dial up internet connection through Eugene costing maybe 90/year, a fax machine off craigslist, and a crummy landline/answering machine- the year was 2004.
In 2004 most people had cell phones. After we got a business licence we decided to get a Samsung flip phone- and today we are now on our fifth flip phone. Mid summer we did acquire an iphone- which no one has the number to, but business phone remains the flip phone.
Enter our new Kyocera. Sadly there are no options anymore for phones like this, but this has got to be the raddist flip phone ever. Texting with gloves, in the pouring rain. the action on the buttons is really nice. it also has noise dampening, and so far people have mentioned that they hear us super clear. also it organizes messages in threads by person. It has been a week so far with this phone and the thrill has not worn off- looking forward to the next five years with this phone!!!!
Sometime around 2003? Peets opens the first coffee bar in Portland- and it was revolutionary (for six months). This is at their Broadway location which is still (almost) the same. The concept? order coffee like beer, or like at an old fashioned soda fountain (which ive heard of but never seen). No point of sale, no lines, just belly up to the bar- sound familiar? After all the research using that ’95 windows computer, and painstakingly coming to the same conclusion of this is how it should be, someone had already beat us there (for a short while). Two local coffee favorites were also later to build the same idea- with the same failing- where either the staff, or customers, revolted against the idea. The point is that Peets Coffee has had some great ideas- but perhaps what they work against is our culture, or maybe they are not working hard enough.
Its rainy and that means seats inside our shop are difficult- dont worry we are working on that now. we are also waxing and waterproofing our gear, and atempting to fix our brakes for the cargo bike. New lot from Rwanda arrived today- Ingoboko cooperative farmers, Rutsiro district (lovely winey accidity, just did a small batch, will be downtown tomorrow).