The Bakery Life: Happy 1st Anniversary, Flour & Co!

8 Apr

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:

The students

training on the espresso bar

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The exterior ready for the reveal

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finishing interior touches being put on

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the kitchen still in boxes

Marty's hand in action

Marty’s Sign Co hand painting our wonderful flour’s friends characters

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Matt from Martin Sign Co putting on the finishing touches after the hand painting

At the end of a long day, full of progress

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:

the donation box filling up for Larkin Street Youth Services

our raising dough campaign, a monthly community outreach

The team on a Saturday - having some fun

The team on a Saturday – having some fun

Mmm...s'mores

Mmm…s’mores

The summer blueberry cream cheese toasty tart

The summer blueberry cream cheese toasty tart

team volunteering at the Raphael House

team volunteering at the Raphael House

The smoked salmon (lox) pretzel sandwich

The smoked salmon (lox) pretzel sandwich

Lunch time!

Lunch time!

Some of the kitchen team

Some of the kitchen team

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Spiced Pumpkin Cake, Thanksgiving

Spiced Pumpkin Cake, Thanksgiving

Holiday cookie decorating

Holiday cookie decorating

New year's hangover cure

New year’s hangover cure

Family House SF team volunteering

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

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