The last five weeks or so (since opening the new shop) have been a blur of excitement and busyness. We're enjoying lots of positive feedback from the neighborhood, and already have a bunch of regular customers. Bubble teas - especially the Almond Milk tea are ridiculously popular, and I was able to develop a recipe for a fresh taro/coconut milk bubble shake. Taro bubble tea is very popular in the bubble tea shops that use the powdered mixes, and several customers were asking for it. Since I'm unwilling to use pre-packaged mixes (they're usually loaded with chemicals), I was determined to develop a fresh taro drink. After some trial and error I think I came up with a good one; although it doesn't taste like the bright purple taro bubble teas from the powder. It's not always available, because I have to be able to score fresh taro, and it takes some work to make a refreshing summer beverage from pretty much a potato. We're also having a lot of fun with our other specialty drinks - the Soylent Green tea latte has been a hit - I don't know if it tastes better when you're familiar with the movie reference (it's people) or not.
After only a week in business I changed the store hours to stay open a bit later. I'm now
open until 9 during the week and evening business has been terrific. If I didn't have to ever rest, I'd stay open later. So during the week, I'm open from noon to 9, with a siesta from 2-3. I'm making another change for the remainder of the summer, and will be staying open later on Saturdays as well. I will probably modify again in the fall, but for the time being, The Good Leaf will be open from 12-6 on Saturday and will be closed on Sunday. I'll also be vacationing with the entire staff of son and Joe for the third week in August. I'll post the exact dates we'll be closed later on.
For those of you who are fans of At the Warehouse, EJ will be playing again tomorrow with Mark Davenport. Since I'm closed on Sunday now, I'll have the opportunity to see him play this time.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Since I've opened the new shop I haven't had any chance to visit the warehouse, but it's really been heating up this summer; in a good way!
At the Warehouse always has live music on weekends from 11-2 and yesterday singer and guitarist Mark Davenport invited some young guitarists and friends to play a couple of sets with him. Mark is a great musician and he always creates a terrific energy when he's featured at the warehouse; but yesterday he took it to a new level. Among the guest musicians were Mark's daughter Mariah singing, the warehouse's Fred Shapiro on harp, guest guitarists Charlie Smith, 10 year old Zach Miller AND.... most awesome number one son EJ Abraham!
Check it out on youtube:
I'm a very proud mom! (The picture above, by the way, is an old one. EJ's guitar playing - and hair - have undergone considerable growth in the past few months).