After a few weeks of promoting our Store's Fund Raiser where you can "read all about it" : ) and receiving much support from loyal customers and friends we decided it was a good time to get a blog post added to our site.
Last week was a bit hectic at our store with some plumbing repairs, training and welcoming our new manager Robby, Toni's fender bender in Houston who came in the very next day to create menu board (above photo) and Jeff getting the new pallet wood table and benches for much needed additional cafe seating. Now that the dust from those projects and minor mishaps has (for the most part) settled and cleared we're beginning to feel excited for our store's new potential.
Fortunately, we're not alone in our enthusiasm for the cafe. Houston Press freelance writer Jennifer Fuller found our store while visiting League City Park and decided to write this feature article for us. It was a big help in getting our cafe promoted and we were able to experience a potential for just how successful the cafe will be. A couple of weeks later Jeff received an email from a Voyage Houston staff member who wanted to do a story about Bike Tourings' photography. Jeff pitched them a story about our store and cafe and a second article was featured.
As excited as we are about our vegan cafe we have significant decrease in the number of produce shares being ordered. This is most likely due in large part to the expanded variety and availability of organic produce at the much larger supermarkets. That having been said if you're looking for local organic produce then keep in mind that we have been working with local farms and Gabriel's continued efforts at the co-op garden has been supplying some excellent produce and herbs as well.
In an effort to get more folks interested in ordering our organic produce shares again we are now offering substitutions when placing orders.
If you don't want a particular item tell us what you would like instead and we will swap the item if it is of an approximately equal dollar amount value.
We have also been doing our best to add more local as we are now working with two more farmers able to supply even more local produce when available. Anyhow, we need some rain here, our local gardener expert said he had to haul water to the co-op garden last week as the rain tanks were emptied. Hey Lacie, if you're reading this we do not need to purchase a rain gauge. : )
Also, if anyone knows where we can get some citronella plants please let us know in the comments section. Mosquito season hasn't been at all bad, yet but the back porch area would really benefit from some bug bite deterrent this summer. Or you can ask Lisa if she has any of her home brewed bug spray available to purchase from the Herb Room. Again, just a reminder that if you can afford any sort of donation as we continue to develop our cafe and staff our GoFundMe Campaign has been a big help. Thanks so much to all our loyal customers who have been generously contributing. With your help we have been able to get through this rough patch and looking forward to our store's continued success and meeting your nutritional needs.