One month running, and I find myself asking “At what point do I stop saying we’re new?” It feels like we have been here all along, and more apologies to those still coming in looking for soul dog, leaving disappointed. Overall a great start to business, and a massive “Thank You” to the city of Poughkeepsie, fellow local business owners that helped guide our path, and all our customers that came out to get us started last month.
I am very humbled by the responses we get from our customers, how many that say they’ve been waiting, and how positive our reviews have been. I am eager to give you all much more satisfaction and happiness while we grow here in Poughkeepsie.
We are growing our menu through a selection of specials offered over the few weeks. We are eager to develop more breakfast and gluten-free options for your eating pleasure. We began a loyalty program which has been overwhelmingly received (Shout out to the Coffee Conspirators).
A large gap lingers between this moment and the last post to the web page. Leaps and bounds have been made, and documented on our blossoming social media pages. The coffee shop has become just that, and the metallic taste of new steel is being over thrown by the routine brewing of fresh coffee. Within one week I open the doors to whatever may be. I cannot thank those who have helped make this dream materialize. Thank you for the feedback, perspective, education, and most importantly, motivation to get to this point in my life personally and professionally.
This achievement, however grand, is merely a checkpoint on the complete journey. There is much more to be done,and more yet to be discovered.
As for now, I bring you The Poughkeepsie Grind!
We started getting our hands on a few things to begin our collection of equipment. The counter top is nearly done, pending some more resin to square away a beautiful finish. We got our hands on some of our furniture as well, which also needs a touch of the DIY treatment.
As you may be beginning to tell, I am a very hands on type of person. I like to imagine everything could be made by hand whenever possible. The kitchen floor, the counter, tables, and more all seem worthy of being built by my hands (and a few supporting hands). I want this perspective to also translate into the quality of our products. I want our food and drink to look and taste as good as our efforts reflect through our craftsmanship. Not only a good cup of coffee, but possibly the best.
Every week we get closer to our goal of bringing great food and drink to Main Street Poughkeepsie. If all continues to go well, we will be up and running in no time. Next up on the agenda, we continue to build our inventory, and begin to transform the exterior. I know you are bummed that we will be changing the wonderful pea green/teal store front you have come to know and love, but here is a taste of what it might look like when we are done.
I can feel it now, the life coming back into the work space. The paint is just about done, and new lighting nearing completion. The two biggest tasks have had much progress: 1. The horror that was a kitchen floor 2. The nonexistent countertop.
We went down two layers in the kitchen floor, and have replaced our sub layer with fresh ply. All that’s left is to lay down some tile and add equipment!
We mocked up our custom counter, and finalized plans for the finish. No coffee shop is complete without actual coffee to ensure work continues at a steady pace. Today we are brewing New England coffee, one of my favorites at home.
Today marks the first day I dive in 100% to building the shop. We moved into the front of the house and began painting our white brick wall back to a more natural red.
It took about six hours and 10 hands total to get in between the mortar cracks and complete the wall. “You missed a spot,” was the joke of the day, and you can feel free to use it at your will when you come to visit. You know your did well choosing a color palette when the lady who mixes them for you lends a splendid remark like, “These colors kick ass! So cozy.”
As we wait for the building permit, we are doing everything we can to prepare. We started with removing the grease saturated floor tiles, revealing a floor that desperately needs replacing. We removed all the wall mounted racks and patched all the holes in front and on the kitchen.
Here you can watch the first coat of paint in the kitchen transform the hot dog orange color back to white! A big shout out to Kevin and RP for coming down to help.
The space we acquired makes deep connections with all of us. The former tenants (Soul Dog), the art, the lessor all give us back a supremely positive vibe.
As a kid I had this dream of traveling the world in search of the greatest hot dog known to man. Ridiculous, yes, but taking over Soul Dog’s residency make me feel good about the building’s history, and they did make a damn good dog.
The art was vinyl stickers of work by Keith Harring, world rebound street artist. I’ve always been a personal fan of him, let alone street art/graffiti in general. I may be known for slapping a sticker here or there from time to time.
Overall I couldn’t be more excited for his undertaking. Today we are clearing out the basement (which looks a lot like a dungeon). Also beginning to clean the grease that has piled up in the kitchen. That area I can see being our biggest hurdle to jump, cleaning and building it to our specifications.
Stay tuned and well hydrated, the coffee is coming!
The Grind is and is not just that. A job to be done and a dream come true.
Coffee has been a staple in my daily routine from my earliest memories, adding cream and sugar to handle the bold taste. One of my first jobs was barista at a knockoff Starbucks (truck stops are parallel universes). Liquid attention had me hooked early and transformed a blossoming study in business to a life long passion to be included in caffeinated culture. After too many cafe rendezvous and heated discussions on what a “real latte” was, I knew I had to run my own coffee shop.
I built a personal history around making something from an unlikely something; a few hundred dollars from a long wait in line, chairs from used skateboards, a 10+ year career developing fellow business owners from a part-time sales position. I aim to take everything I have learned thus far and create a community focused coffee shop for Poughkeepsie, NY.
Work hard, give back, empower others.
These lessons I will always remember and embrace, as I work to service not only, a passion for coffee and a damn good breakfast sandwich, but my community. I am pledging three hours of every week durring the development of this brand and vision to cleaning up the city I need to support me and my dream.
So it is on, it has always been.
Just another day on the Grind.