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dared to start a coffee shop & dreaming on


SONDER Build Out Week 7 We ended the previous week mid-pineapple-wall paper. The how-to videos on their website made it look so easy, but here’s a peek of how it really went down– tight corners, funny edges, a couple re-dos, and it took a some pieces to really get the hang of it. But the result is well worth it. Just the meaningful charm I needed for these bathrooms! Shout to friends willing to get that close PC: Liz...

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Happy Birthday Pop!! In honor of his birthday, we’re continuing this years theme with a mini-interview to get to know him a little more and see his perspective in starting SONDER Coffee. Pop- on starting a coffee shop We learned that Ernest is a man of few words, but Pop is actually even more so! This guy is totally mellow, zen, chill, but really hard working and ambitious. He owns/runs/works at two thai restaurants with his...

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I’ve gotten behind on posting; there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all there is to get done! It’s harder to be mindful on the quantitative part of documenting this process when you get lost in the whirlwind of everything else going on. I’ve combined these past two weeks in one post, noting the fact that it’s also easier to take pictures of the fun side of things, because it’s just more...

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It was pretty fun creating our menu, but I have to admit I keep putting off pricing our menu. It’s intimidating giving things a quantifiable value and not knowing how customers will respond to it. Is there a right or wrong? People put so much emphasis on price and profit in business that no one wants to under or overvalue themselves. Well, I finally went through all the research I collected on pricing a menu for our coffee shop...

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SONDER Build Out Week 4 Is it week four of SONDER build out already? Let’s start off with introducing a piece of equipment we’re super excited to use: our 3-head tap tower for nitro coffee and kombucha! Bar Build-Out But the work for the majority of the week was the bar. As our contractors were continuing on electrical, plumbing and drywall, we focused on the bar– to which Ernest and Mike built the frame in last...

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SONDER Build Out Week 3 This week’s SONDER build out is starting right where we left off, getting ready to finish off ground plumbing with concrete. Ernest and Mike also started building out the bar while electrical, drywall and wood-staining continued on in the background. It’s so fun to see it all unfold, but there’s still so much to coordinate and get done. Pouring Concrete Early Monday morning we hit the ground...

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Happy birthday Ernest! We’re so thankful you guys have been following along in our process of starting a coffee shop. You’ve gotten to see A LOT of things through my eyes this past year, but you haven’t really gotten to know Ernest (or Pop!). So in today’s celebration of his birthday, we decided to do a little interview so you can get to know him a little better. Ernest– on starting a coffee shop A few...

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We left off from the first week of SONDER build out cutting concrete. This week we continued with a major focus on plumbing. We’re also trying out different stains on our oak tables, continuing to prep the walls, and then we had our first inspections for rough plumbing and electrical! SONDER Build Out Week 2 Mike– our contractor– and his work vibes.  Plumbing Ground plumbing was pretty intense. So was the...

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Time has come for the SONDER build out–crazy right? I had no idea how we’d even make it to this point, but here we are, and still pressing forward. One day at a time, little by little, big progress is made. We’d love to share some sneak peaks of our first week so you can see SONDER come to be with us, how about it? Brick Accent Wall Our design is pretty minimal, but we wanted a brick accent wall from the get-go, and...

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The time has come to put all our planning into action to create SONDER! We’ve got our space, and now all we have to do is turn it into a coffee shop… easy right? Before we dive into build out, here is what we have done as pre-build out prep work. We had no idea how to get to this point, but here we are! City approvals & permits Due diligence involved contacting the city/state to see what we’d need to make our...

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