Eugene Cho

your friendly cafe with a cause

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It really is fun. Not always easy. But really fun to run a non-profit community place featuring a cafe, live music, art, rental space, and events. It’s been a great joy for me to serve as its Executive Director. In fact, maybe my saving grace this past year. The staff, baristas, and volunteers have made it that much more enjoyable. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to get some amazing free coffee & tea.

It’s taken us a few years and lots of ups & downs and while we still have much to learn, it’s alot of fun when you see folks in the neighborhood and city really enjoy your space.

Last night, I had a chance to swing by the Q Cafe to take a peek at one of the “local” bands I’ve enjoyed called Noah Gundersen and the Courage. Here’s couple pretty cool videos:

and this one

If you’re interested in volunteering with live music or know of a fabulous artist looking to adorn our walls with their art, contact our live music & art coordinator – bethany@qcafe.org

Shoot us some suggestions for Northwest artists you want us to hear in the future. Who are the ones we need to pursue and book?

And if you’re looking for rental space for whatever events including weddings [we’ve booked numerous already], shoot us an email at rentals@qcafe.org

Lastly, we donate 10% of our sales each month to a different local non-profit doing great work locally or globally. This month: Tusubira.  Next month: KEXP. We’d love to hear your suggestions.

Which non-profits in the Western Washington area should we put on our radar for future donations?

Here’s our official bio for Q Cafe:

Q Cafe hosts live music shows every Fridays and hosts an OPEN MIC on Tuesday nights.

We proudly serve Stumptown Coffee; support local artists and musicians through our art gallery and live music venue; host many groups through the rental of our space; host community events; help collect resources for the homeless community; and give back 10% of all cafe sales to local and global non-profit causes. In addition to great coffee and tea, Q Cafe also features free WiFi for laptop users, 2 desktop kiosks for internet [30 minutes/purchase], a new kids’ room for parents and children, countertop tables and benches for laptop user with easy access to outlets, a piano, and plenty of comfy chairs and sofas.

We are your friendly communitycafe with a cause.

For more info about the music venue, visit us at myspace.com/theqcafe or qcafe.org.

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5 Responses

  1. Jake Johnson says:

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

  2. […] your friendly cafe with a cause « eugene cho eugenecho.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/this-is-how-we-do-it – view page – cached It really is fun. Not always easy. But really fun to run a non-profit community place featuring a cafe, live music, art, rental space, and events. — From the page […]

  3. I love this idea. I love cafes. And I really do admire all of your thoughts and causes and the way you share them so earnestly and sharply and openly. I just got wordpress recently, but I’ve been following your blog like a lurker on the advice of several friends who also appreciate your profundity.. so I thought I’d comment, finally! Thank you for the cool music (via this post), and all your other posts- your honesty & integrity. =)

    be blessed,
    – C.

  4. Jenna says:

    Want another way to support your cause? Check out http://www.cafegive.com, where a portion of every purchase goes directly to supporting the non-profits you love. How sweet is that? Get what you need and help make the world a better place. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

  5. stephanie says:

    I love the Q Cafe.. the building, the people, the music, the coffee (!!!!!!!) the wifi, the mission.. as I drove to the Q Cafe this week, I had to drive past the remains of the Green Bean and felt my heart breaking for those I know who see the Green Bean how I see the Q Cafe, and it made me so thankful for it.

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As I soaked in this breathtaking sunrise this morning above the clouds, I felt compelled to pray for so my places in America and around the world that are experiencing such pain, heartache, injustice, and violence. At times, it feels so overwhelming but in prayer, I was reminded of these words from John 16:33. As we keep striving, working, hoping, preaching, loving, truthtelling, reconciling, repenting, forgiving, dismantling, peacemaking, Kingdom building...may we fix our eyes on Christ: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

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