building a cafe

How your Dreams Unfold

How Your Dreams Unfold

Yesterday morning as I was walking out of the gym after my exercise class I saw the sun rising through the clouds and I had an amazing moment. I envisioned my life as a piece of beautiful origami, folded up in so many ways at the beginning. Each day in your life a piece unfolds and you see a bit more of your path and how to get there. Sometimes you end up in the creases when things are challenging and it's difficult to see how to get to the next fold to create what you'd like. 

As I walked towards my car yesterday morning I felt like I was beginning to see the patterns, beginning to see the next fold in the colorful masterpiece of life. I thought about so many things in a few minutes on the way home. I pictured the weekends during college that I worked at a drycleaner/laundromat and learned how to help customers with all kinds of problems and deal with them gracefully, I pictured all of the parties I have organized and the menus I have created, I saw all of the time I spent with my English as a Second Language students developing materials for them and organizing activities and making sure paperwork was in on time. I saw all of the practice I have done baking and cooking. For me all of these life experiences have prepared me for the moments coming very soon. The moment that I partner with a lovely local coffee shop, Murray's Coffee Bar to offer pastries, breakfast, lunch and brunch. 

When I was a little girl I was so fortunate that my dad built me a playhouse out of a very large wooden crate. It had windows and a door that would close. I had my play kitchen in there and out in the yard nearby was an old sink that was no longer in use. I used to pretend that it was my restaurant. I made "pizzas" with sawdust from my dad's wood workshop as the "dough" and leaves from woodland plants as the "pepperoni." I had found some large metal lids that were my pizza pans. At the time it felt so real for me. Now I see that even then I was preparing for my dream even though it just felt like playing at the time. 

I am so excited that all of these folds in the origami in my life are unfolding in a beautiful way so that I can work in a location here in Beaverton, Oregon and offer local people lots of delicious pastries and food. I have been training for this moment for a long time and I am so grateful that I have been given an opportunity to partner with such a special coffee shop. I'll keep you posted on my start date at Murray's Coffee Bar so that you can stop by for some amazing coffee and food. 

I would love to hear about the folds and creases of your life's origami and where the path is leading you today. Please share with me by email or in the comments section below. 

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With care,



Locally Delicious!

Locally Delicious!

This post is one in a multi-part series on my blog where I share my thoughts along my journey of opening a local cafe. Today's blog is about getting to know and finding local providers of delicious foods for my cafe. 

Here in Oregon we are so fortunate to have such a bounty of local produce and local providers of fabulous food. That is why one of my projects with opening this cafe is that it will support many local growers and producers of amazing products. I already use the best gluten free flours from Bob's Red Mill that is locally owned and employee owned which is amazing!  Here are some of the local providers I will be on the lookout for: 

  • Local coffee roaster
  • Mountain Rose Teas from Eugene Oregon (back when we had a farmer's market stand we used to serve these delicious teas) 
  • Honey
  • Bob's Red Mill flours
  • Produce
  • Fruit
  • Local meat/butcher
  • Herbs and Veggies from our kitchen garden

Do you know any local producers of amazing produce and food products? I would love to know about them! What local products do you love? 

Feel free to comment below or send me an email at:

With lots of care,


A Meeting Place

A meeting place

This is another blog post in a many part series about my dream cafe. I am working every week on making this dream a reality here in my community and I know that this is going to be an amazing place. That is why I want to share all of the details with you! Please let me know the thoughts you have on this.

Today's post is about the type of meeting place I want the cafe to be. Also, I will share the features of the cafe. Community is the core of my cafe so I plan to host lots of events there and also have space where others can host events of their own. 

 Here are my thoughts on that: 


  • There will be a meeting room with a TV/projection area for anyone to reserve ahead of time. It will be free of charge but most be reserved. People in the meeting space may order coffee, pastries or food to be brought to the meeting room. 
  • There will be a monthly "meet your neighbor" event held at the cafe where some of the coffee/treats will be provided by us. This will foster communication in the community. 
  • Events: In the main house there will be a special sit-down tea event each month. Customers can buy tickets to this event. 

I'd love to hear more ideas on events at the cafe. I also envision gardening classes & other classes that could be held in the meeting room for all to enjoy. 

 Features of the café- types of food served, the bakery, coffee bar, hours, meetings & events.

Full Kitchen:

The kitchen will serve breakfast and lunch. Healthy comfort food and local ingredients. I will serve many of the same popular menu items that I serve now to clients: tamales, pot pies, beef stew, enchiladas & more! There will be paleo, vegetarian and vegan options. The kitchen will be gluten free.


The bakery will be open until 7pm for special order pick-ups, coffee & pastries in the early evening. Some of the items the bakery will serve:

·         Paleo granola

·         Scones

·         Pastries

·         Cookies

·         Bread

·         Cakes

·         Pies

·         Fudge

·         Special orders


Coffee Bar:

The coffee bar will have espresso drinks and specialty teas by the cup or pot. It will be open early so people can enjoy pastries/breakfast with their drinks.


The café will be open from 6am to 3pm to serve breakfast and lunch. The coffee bar will be open along with the bakery until 7pm.


There will be a meeting room with a TV for anyone to reserve ahead of time. There will be a monthly “meet your neighbor” event sponsored by the café. In the main house there will be a special sit down tea event each month. This is community seating at one large table. Reservation only and monthly themes.

Thank you so much! 

With lots of care,


A Place of One's Own

A Place of One's Own

This post is one in a multi-part series of blog posts about my journey of opening up a local cafe. It has been a dream of mine for quite some time and I am enjoying each step as I go along exploring, learning and putting out into the world my thoughts on what I want this cafe to be about. Not just about the food, it's about the people and it always has been that way for me. To me the most joyful moment is when you realize that you have created food that people enjoy. I want to translate that joy into a  place that has ownership opportunities for my team. 

I want to explore this idea because I believe that it's important for all employees to have a real sense of ownership and pride in what they do. They have a stake in the cafe. People are important and I believe in treating everyone as owners. 

Whenever I go to employee owned stores I see the difference in the people. Often they are more helpful because it's their store too and they want you to feel welcome in their place. I really love that. 

I'd love to know your thoughts on this model and how it may be implemented for all team members. 

Please leave a comment below or email me at:

With lots of care,