Why You Should Open Your Own Coffee Shop

I have always loved coffee, so I am so glad that coffee shops have been around forever. From the high end streets of France to your local coffee shop down the road, people love to go out and linger over a fresh cup of coffee or tea in a cute and comfortable setting. Everyone loves partaking in a hot beverage, and with that in mind, it might be time for you to take your java loving ways to the next level… Why not open your own coffee shop? Everyone loves a local cafe to sit and visit with a friend, get some work done or just enjoy people watching. (this is one of my faves)! If that hasn’t already convinced you, here’s a few more reasons why it might just be the perfect career path for you.

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You Can Get Very Creative

What you serve, how you serve it, and the uniforms you might use are all up for choosing using your own creative mind. You have so much freedom when you’re doing everything for yourself, and you can offer a lot to people who can’t shop elsewhere. Think of the lactose intolerant people you could offer vegan options to, or the gluten free bread for anyone with celiac disease.

Offering variety is amazing for creating good business. This is because being creative allows more and more people to flock to your business. Those people who love creativity and a unique social setting will leave great reviews, and bring their friends whenever they can.

Floor Plans Bring People Together

Once you have found a good location for your shop you can begin to design to your heart’s content . Also please make sure to do your homework and shop around for the site and location that will suit your unique creative ideas the best. When it comes to table placement, making sure everything your employees will need to create delicious beverages is in a place to make the work flow work well so your customers don’t have to wait too long for their cup of deliciousness.  So, make sure to get yourself a cozy location with some help from Smallbusinessloans.co and then design with your employees and customers in mind!

If you want your customers to talk to each other, you’ll want to craft an open floor plan. If you want people to focus on those they are with, you can turn off the wifi. On the other hand, if it’s more of an internet cafe, having hotspots and computers at the back of the room means people can grab a spot on a stool and then talk to the people they love via some chat rooms. Either way, you’re going to appeal to a lot of people!

Make Sure You Have a Social Page

If you have social media, as wishpond.com tells you, you have a good customer base to market to immediately. It also allows you to gain some traction amongst other small businesses and the bigger businesses, as you can immediately deal with complaints or compliments from previous customers. Show off what makes you so great with a couple of posts!

Opening a coffee shop is easy to do, and is great for extroverts and introverts alike.

Why I love the Amazon Alexa

We had an awesome summer vacation! We were able to stay at a beautiful lake house in Dallas Texas that I won in an auction. Yep, I won a week at a lake house in an auction. So we packed up the brood, got onto an airplane and made the trip from Virginia to Dallas for our awesome vacation. We arrived in Dallas, rented a car and made the 90 minute drive. We were tired, and hungry and somewhat dazed, but were absolutely blown away when we arrived and this was our home away from home for the week.

We had a great time playing in the lake! We rode jet skis, swam, kayaked, and really just had a great time! The outside of the house was amazing, but the inside was beautiful as well, and one of the things we enjoyed the most in the house was the Amazon Alexa.

I had never used one before and I was amazed at how easy it was to use. Not only could we listen to music, but we could tell Alexa what genre of music we wanted to listen to and she would start playing it. We could even program our phones using Bluetooth and play music we had downloaded to our phones. My son was also able to use his spotify account through Alexa using Bluetooth. We thought that was great, because we really wanted to listen to the new Kesha album! I am always amazed at the way programmers are able to embed codes within a device to make it even more useful and smart!

Alexa is smart too, and if you forget what features are available on the Echo, you can simply ask Alexa what features are available and she will tell you in a very polite, lovely voice. Another feature Echo has is it integrates with a number  smart devices like lights, and thermostats, among other things,  so you can control your lights, the temperature of your home, and even turn on a  video recording setup with a simple command. This is an amazing service the Echo provides!

There is even an app store for Alexa that is growing quickly with over 25,000 goofy, useful, and intriguing skills that can be voice activated through the Amazon Echo. And for those people who create apps and want to keep up with the analytics of their apps so they can access self-service reporting, there is a company that can provide them incredibly useful ad hoc data reports. In fact, you can deliver ad hoc reporting to your end users right where they need it, inside the daily workflows of your application.

And if that wasn’t enough, your Amazon Echo and Alexa integrates with Audible.  If you have audiobooks from Audible, you can listen to them on the Echo with simple voice commands. You can even set up a sleep timer in case you fall asleep to a good audiobook.

Honestly I enjoyed the Amazon Echo so much I have bought a couple of them for the house. For Christmas presents. I will give them to my family, but of course the I get to enjoy them. (See how that works? Genius, huh?)

One will go upstairs and one will go downstairs, so no matter where I am in the house I will have a smart, fun, interesting device around that can help me with a myriad of things! Now I am even more excited for Christmas!

Music Can Inspire Greatness

I have been a Harry Potter fan since the books first came out. I have a 20 year old son who was at just the right age for Young Adult books when they were published and he was at that time in his life an avid reader. In face he would often get in trouble in 4th and 5th grade for often having his nose in a book instead of paying attention to the teacher. (I probably should have realized this was an escape from school work that would show up later in high school in less positive ways) but at the time I was okay with having a great reader although of course being a dutiful mom I scolded him for not paying attention.

This same son and I were such Harry Potter fans that we went to the bookstores at midnight when the books came out to buy them. I wasn’t quite okay with midnight movie openings because they were usually on school nights unfortunately but the books came out on Fridays or Saturdays and it became a special treat for us.

We own all the movies and have all the books in both paperback and hardcover, and yes I can say we have a Harry Potter marathon movie day at least two to three times a year at our house.

So you can imagine my delight when this brilliant man named John Jesensky created Cine concerts. This is a concert where a symphony plays the scores of movies while the movies are being shown on a big screen behind the musicians. For me this is awesome because Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone is being shown and played by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra in November in a town next to me.

This is very exciting and I can’t wait to experience this. It will be both acoustically and visually stunning! Music Can Inspire Greatness!

Mr. Jesensky is also a composer of music for over 15 films and has created a scholarship in his name. Young musicians face a highly competitive field and higher education is quite costly. Many times they drop out of music and pursue other career paths. Mr Jesensky has created a scholarship (The John Jesensky Music Scholarship) to support students. One student can receive $1000.00 to be used to help in their pursuit of musical higher learning.

And the accolades don’t stop there. This man has dedicated his life to music and has won awards at events such as the Cannes Film Festival, L.A. Film Festival, Hollyshorts Film Festival, D.C. Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, Bare Bones Film Festival, and La Gona Film Festival.

With such an impressive list of accomplishments and entrepreneurship, nit to mention his interest in youth and their attainment of a higher education in music, I am proud to be able to spotlight Mr. John Jesensky.