A Little of This and a Little of That :)

Table Centerpiece at Maury Alliance Dinner

Last night, January 31st was the annual meeting for Maury Alliance held at Puckett’s in downtown Columbia. I personally was not in attendance but the City of Mt. Pleasant had a table reserved. Apparently every year, the sponsors of the tables are asked to bring a centerpiece that represents their business or City. Then at the end of the evening the centerpieces are judged and a winner is chosen.

A few weeks ago I was asked if I could work with Tom Harmon from Too Much Stuff to come up with a theme and design for the centerpiece for this annual event. So Tom came over to my store and the brainstorming began. Then he saw my Sweet Grass Farms display where the bike sat and inspiration hit!

The inspiration continued and we decided to go with the bike as our centerpiece and Tom would fill the baskets with beautiful fresh flowers.

When my mother and I were chatting about it she suggested the theme’ Mt. Pleasant Then and Now’. I love team work. Next, I chose photos from books from the Mt. Pleasant Museum to use and reached out to Dave at Paperweight Printing to compile the photos in such a way that they would stand up in front of the bike on both sides with the photos presented in a timeline from 1824 – 2019. Teamwork resulted in a beautiful centerpiece depicting ‘Mt. Pleasant Then and Now’. Although the centerpiece that was a chocolate fountain with strawberries to dip won, the Mt. Pleasant centerpiece received numerous compliments. The bike will be on display at City Hall for a few days so stop on by.

Thank you Tom, Mom, and Dave for making it happen.

Does anyone leave their Christmas tree up through March???

My mom retired recently and moved from Alaska living with us temporarily until she decides what State she wants to settle in. She arrived about a week prior to Christmas and loves our tree by the front door. I usually take it down around New Year’s Day but not this year. It’s STILL by the front door. She loves the light and ambiance it gives. I have to admit it does look beautiful but…….

Some of you may have met my mother already as she has been helping out in the store lately. She was working in retail prior to leaving Alaska so she enjoys being back in it on her terms this time. 🙂 She has asked if the tree can remain there through March because she loves it so much. Oh my….. so we will probably accommodate MOM. I have to admit, it’s weird having it there but I LOVE Christmas so it’s nice all at the same time.

A COUPLE OF REMINDERS!

Kinzer Pharmacy is currently accepting prescription transfers in preparation of opening their doors for business next week. I stopped by the other day and got a tour of the place; it’s looking good and will soon be ready for customers.

Mt. Pleasant Marketplace is opening today from 10am – 7pm. It’s located in a building across from City Hall at 111 Public Square. It will have several vendor booths set up for your shopping pleasure.

Until next time 🙂 Angela

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The Perk Spot Coffee Shop

Candace and Aaron Davaloz are the proud owners of a new coffee shop in Mt. Pleasant. I first met Candace when she was working for the court in Mt. Pleasant. She would stop in our store and grab some snacks and gift items from time to time. She was always so bubbly and cheery and easy to talk to. It was ALWAYS a pleasure having her stop in the store and chat.

I remember her telling me how she had worked in the coffee industry off and on since a young adult and how much she loved serving people and making coffee and latte’s for others. She even continued doing it once in awhile ‘ FOR FUN‘. 🙂

Although her day job was working at the court each day that was not where her passion was. Then she had the opportunity to run the Buckhead – Mt. Pleasant location so she jumped all over that. Customers loved her!! She greeted customers with enthusiasm, caring and kindness. People started frequenting the coffee shop more often because Candace was there and she was able to wake up each day knowing she was fulfilling her own passion.

Then the most AMAZING opportunity presented itself to her; to own her own coffee shop in the town she loved and serving the people she loved. She could not pass up the chance to make a dream of hers come to fruition. So, Candace and her husband did what every new business owners do and that’s figure out if it really is doable financially and whether or not they are willing to put in the time and energy day after day to run a business.

Fortunately for all of us, they decided to move forward and take the leap of faith. When she told me about this opportunity and how she has dreamed of having her own coffee shop for a gazillion years, I asked her if she also had a name chosen for when that day would arrive. She without hesitation said, ‘Yes, The Perk Spot Coffee Shop“.

They quickly got it all together as they did not want to be closed for a long period of time but there were permits, licenses and inspections to be had before opening the doors. Oh yeah, and equipment to purchase and have installed. As you can see from the photo above, Candace was very excited to receive her brand new Espresso machine. 🙂

And then opening day arrived on Tuesday, January 15th!!! What an exciting day for the new business owners and for all of us in Mt. Pleasant. We are so glad you are here Candace. And not only do we have a wonderful, community coffee shop here in town owned by a great couple but they are also open from 7:30am – 7pm Monday – Friday. Yay! In fact, last night I went in around 6pm and grabbed some fresh ground coffee for breakfast this morning. It is also nice to have another store open till 7pm as we are. They are open on Saturdays from 8am – 4pm.

Drink Menu for The Perk Spot

So, why not grab a cup of coffee before work and then come on back after work and grab another then walk across the street to our store and grab something to bring home for dinner like some delicious Liberty Trace Farm meat, Tallgrass meat, Coco’s Italian Market pizza or ravioli? See how convenient we make it for you?

Stop in this week and check out the new decor, food products, drink menu and say hi to Candace. Oh yeah, don’t forget to follow her on Facebook so you stay current with the happenings of The Perk Spot Coffee Shop.

Welcome Aaron and Candace!! Until next time 🙂 Angela