April 8th, 2013 was opening day at Flour & Co. Exactly ONE year ago today! Yippeeeee!! It’s like it was just yesterday, and an eternity all at the same time. How fun to look back at our first year and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Here’s what we were up to last year at this time:
training on the espresso bar
The exterior ready for the reveal
finishing interior touches being put on
the kitchen still in boxes
Marty’s Sign Co hand painting our wonderful flour’s friends characters
Matt from Martin Sign Co putting on the finishing touches after the hand painting
after our open house, prior to opening
What has opening year been like? Well, it has been amazing and wonderful, with little glimpses of fatigue, minor pains, highs, lows, and tears. They say that when you have a baby, your brain discards the memory of birthing pain, and all you are left with is this wonderful little being in your arms whom you love and cherish day in and day out. There’s no doubt that Flour & Co is my baby and, for the most part, my memory saves me from the nitty gritty painful moments (they weren’t that bad!) that go along with any opening or new business. All that I’m left with is a fantastic team whom I work beside each day, wonderful neighbors, a great neighborhood, new friends, a place that I (and I hope lots of other people) can call home, and, of course, a plethora of tasty goodies that I still enjoy (too much) each day.
Here’s a quick glimpse of the past year:
our raising dough campaign, a monthly community outreach
The team on a Saturday – having some fun
The summer blueberry cream cheese toasty tart
team volunteering at the Raphael House
The smoked salmon (lox) pretzel sandwich
Some of the kitchen team
Spiced Pumpkin Cake, Thanksgiving
Holiday cookie decorating
New year’s hangover cure
Family House SF team volunteering
It seems only appropriate to do a little celebrating on this first anniversary, and we invite you to celebrate with us. This Friday, April 11th, we will toast our opening year with:
~ Raffles! A handful of prizes will be up for grabs from Flour & Co pie, to your next birthday cake, to 2 Flour & Co mugs with a bag of Stumptown beans, and finally a week of coffee drinks (one per day) on us. Drop in on Friday to add your name to the hat. Winners will be chosen over the weekend.
~ a Birthday cake! What’s a birthday/anniversary without cake?!? We’ll cut into the cake at 2pm, so stop by for a slice while there’s some to share!
~ free Coffee! Follow us on facebook and twitter and watch for our ‘come and get it’ post – a few times during the day. When you see it, stop in for a drink on us (we’ll specify the time period that we’ll be treating).
What am I most thankful for?? My team for one. I couldn’t do it without them! We did some celebrating of our own this past week and enjoyed reminiscing about the year. Second, our neighbors and neighborhood. We wouldn’t be where we are without the support and welcoming arms of the community. So, thank you to everyone who has made this year one to remember. To many more…
Hope to see you on Friday!
~ Emily Day