Monday, July 7, 2008

We've Made It A Year!

Naysayers be damned, we have survived a year. We could never have made it this far without our regulars and our occasionals, so thank you to everyone.

We don't live in the neighborhood, so when we started out, we knew no one here. Now, whenever I am approaching Stella, I start seeing familiar faces on the street several blocks away. I love it. This is exactly what we set out to do - to build a neighborhood joint with local kids working for us and people from the surrounding buildings coming in for coffee roasted right here in Chicago. So far so good.

In our second year, we'll be doing more of the same. We are beefing up our coffee competence and working on improving the space with new art, some new furniture, and, some time this summer, air conditioning. You'll see. It'll be lovely.

16 comments:

Gabe said...

Stopped by your shop, and it was nice. Had a double and checked my email quickly. Your barista was very welcoming! Thanks!

Pavel Yusim said...

Awesome! Thanks for the feedback. Please come again.

Stephi said...

Would love to see some green initiatives take at the Stella. Recycling, encouraging people to bring their own mugs, and real silverware (just some examples). It would likely save you some money too.

Pavel Yusim said...

Oh boy... Recycling. Let's just say the city of Chicago does not make it easy. It is on our list, though.

andreaj1725 said...

Congratulations! I am in love with your mochas and will certainly stop by soon to enjoy one.
You're doing an amazing job, it's not easy having a local cafe & just wanted to say thanks!

Pavel Yusim said...

Thanks, I appreciate the kudos!

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