After a month of closing the Q Cafe to rest and re-examine our identity and purpose, we are very excited to re-open our doors today [redeem your coupon]. As we marked our 5 year anniversary recently, I am thankful for the many things we’ve accomplished over those years. But, I’ve also learned how unsustainable it was to pursue all that we initially wanted to do. In a sense, we wanted to change the world. Now, we’re rebooting with the hope of simply being a great neighborhood cafe. As I work with our newly forming Q Cafe Advisory Board, I’ve been trying to explain to our potential new customers that our identity is:
“Q Cafe is a neighborhood non-profit cafe featuring espresso and tea, art, live music, and community events.”
Through the generosity of several folks, we’ve also been able to do some remodeling to revitalize the space and presence. Previously, our options were limited since we had to use the space for the cafe, live music, community center stuff, and church – all in 2500 square feet! Now, that Quest is meeting next door in our “regular” church building, we can focus on creating a more beautiful cafe, art gallery, and music venue. We think the changes – countertop tables for laptop users, two new desktops for customers [free internet], benches with outlets, some new furniture, a new kids/parents room, some new lighting, new art hanging system, etc. – will make the space much more useable and enjoyable.
And to top it off, we’ve forged a partnership with a new roaster – Stumptown Coffee. I’ll share next week why after engaging in much research and conversation, we decided to partner with Stumptown.
We’ve got new artwork on the walls and Live Music shows will be taking place on the majority of Friday nights. We would love to have you stop by try out the new coffee and space. Here’s a coupon to encourage you to check us out.
Here are some images of the first five years and I honestly can’t wait to see what will unfold in the next five years. I haven’t been this excited…well….umm…since we opened five years ago.