Thanks Eric, Sandy, Ben, everyone for the exceptional open house at Batdorf & Bronson last weekend! Sorry I missed your call, Sandy, to join you for pizza. I walked all over Olympia and didn’t even get to the latte art training/competition until it was all over!! Big Thanks for the ORANGE goats rock shirt and mug–pictured below in garden patios of Espresso Buono.
This weekend I finally took time to pull together a biz networking/marketing approach for myself. The number of sites and alternatives have been mind boggling and too time consuming (for me) to learn to use effectively. Now I think that setting up links to my WordPress blog and always posting on my WordPress blog is at least part of the answer. We’ll see!
My blog will also direct you to my Espresso Buono website, Facebook page, and Twitter. You can find my detailed resume on LinkedIn.
We are again collecting contact info for folks in & around Edmonds, Lynnwood, Bothell, Brier, Shoreline, Mukilteo area who would like to headline one-time and or on-going events at Espresso Buono. Writers, musicians, artists, actors, comedians… anyone wanting a venue and audience for their talent and willing to help grow an audience at Espresso Buono — please comment. Let’s see if we can make it happen!!
Espresso Buono is a charming cafe customers say resembles a lighthouse, windmill, “my favorite coffee house in ( a number of European towns) or even home to Snow White’s seven dwarfs. Off the street and just west of Wight’s Home & Garden Store, Espresso Buono garden cafe is part of Glenn Haven professional community in Lynnwood, Washington. Discover outstanding custom espresso and smoothie beverages and an ever developing menu of treats. Then sit in the charming back room or outside on the Little Pond patios. Wander the paths to discover “hidden” seating around the Big Pond. Find Espresso Buono south of the intersection of 52nd & 196th St SW OR map out the “back” entrance from 200th St SW. Free Wi-Fi, books & local art for sale. Penny Wight, Owner.
After two years’ too busy to blog I’m trying to update my social and business networking skills. SO many new tech tweeks and follower tweets to catch up on!!! I’m using ios mobile wordpress for the first time. Among other adventures, I’m trying to put link to my word blog onto my renewed website: espressobuono.com. I’m also checking my wordpress-twitter-facebook-linked in and biznik links to each other. (any helpful suggestions welcome) Then I’ll share… Much can happen in a couple years!
I’m looking for dedicated computer savvy, marketing, networking baristas willing to bake/cook & be involved in booking/advertising events. Looking for non- temporary employees inspired to help create an envisioned amazing coffee, books, events venue & contribute to financial success in these hard times for small business. Employees must take pride in the work, up-sell products & help keep the shop sparkle for customers & each other! If you fit the bill let me know! Email me: email@example.com
This is too good a deal not to let you know about, so I decided to post an unabashed advertisement about our lovely and available Lynnwood space!
It won’t last for long…
We have one 1,200 sq.ft. and perhaps one 1,650 sq. ft. (someone has already expressed interest in the larger space) professional space overlooking our gardens and pond available @ about $1/s.f. in Lynnwood, WA. The two flexible spaces are next to Espresso Buono. Also on our property are a bookstore and several professionals and business persons. Our space has outdoor patios and spaces for potential business, arts and community events. The available professional spaces/studios are on two floors of a three story building and could be used by a single business, two separate businesses, or shared by group(s) of business persons, professionals, artists. You and your customers/clients would be able to access your offices via 196th street, the main thoroughfare through Lynnwood, or via 200th street very near the Lynnwood transit center. You’d have a part in the ambiance and art of our “secret haven” in the middle of growing Lynnwood and you could get great coffee and food and conversation and connections at my real life coffee shop — Espresso Buono Garden Cafe! Contact me, Penny here or at:
Contact Penny here or at espressobuono.com
A small group of writers is now meeting at Espresso Buono on a regular basis with Elke Siller Macartney.
Elke guides us writers and would be writers through four short exercises inspired by the book, Writing Down the Bones – Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg. You can purchase Ms. Goldberg’s book at Amazon.com:
Also look for Natalie Goldberg’s books at one of my favorite local bookstores:
This really works! I became a fan of the book years ago, but only now have experienced this writing freedom in the company of others. No pre-planning, no inhibitions, no rules except that everyone started with the same first sentence. This exercise was free-flowing and followed three other more structured writing exercises. The following is my first fifteen minute, off the cuff, pencil to paper, without pauses… writing:
That was the last time she saw it. Seventy Eight years ago. It still seemed like yesterday to her. Oh how lovely it would be, she thought, to go back to that time in her life — with all the experience, wisdom and love she’s gained during the intervening years. She’d dress a little differently. Listen a little better. Walk more. Ask lots and lots of questions and not be embarrassed that she didn’t know about something…or laugh at the right time at folks trying to be amusing. She’d definately have a huge garden. And not just work in it, but sit in it…right on the dirt…beer in hand on a hot sunny day marveling at the magic of growing things! She’d travel, of course. Not just to far away places she’d always wanted to see, but also just around the corner with a tourist’s state of mind. She’d take advantage of tiny lulls in her mandated activities. Mini-vacations. Thirty second chortles. Five minute reflections. Memory moments. Prayers for people on her mind. Oh to be 20 again!
Yes. I’m 98 years old! How can that be? Am I as wise as 98 years should make me? Do I still have hidden talents? Could I get myself up out of this comfy chair to do anything now? Should I? Or should I just continue to ponder what to tell my great, great grand daughter in answer to her questions about what I was like when I was 20 years old like her. Amazingly, I still feel young. And yes, that item I saw last some seventy eight years ago? I would pick it up and save it for all eternity!
by Penny Wight
Can one recreate on-line the ambiance and artistic attitude of a coffee shop in impressionist era Paris? Or the character of a little coffee shop I visited pre coffee franchise era in Port Angeles, Washington (now gone) that made me want to spend time there to develop plots and characters in writing? Or the shop in the movie Chocolat where arrogance, inhibitions and intolerance gradually melted away to create a new flavor of community? I am hopeful that this on-line blog site can take on an adventurous, creative, respectful, inspiring and comforting life of its own with wide and varied accounts and examples of personal journeys and achievements.
Can one also “virtually” pursue and promote art on-line as well as in an inspired setting with creative energy and leadership? At my age and as a small business owner in today’s economy, I may not earn enough soon enough to participate in the more extravagant artistic adventures I dream of. For example, while designing the layout and decorating my real life Espresso Buono Garden Cafe in Lynnwood, Washington USA, I decided one of the walls in the cozy back room really required I take an intensive nine-month Tromp L’oeil class in Florence, Italy! I have experienced the breathtaking art in Florence as well as other awe inspiring museums and venues in Europe and the United States. Lacking the funds for a return trip to Florence for the tromp L’oeil class, I found a wonderful wall-paper mural to precisely fit the wall. The wall receives many compliments…but I still yearn to learn the real art! Fortunately, I’ve discovered one can widely broaden artistic horizons on-line as well as through the arts and artists I support at my little garden cafe!
Thus, I hope to share my pursuit and support of art and ambiance here with you, though you may be half way around the world from my cafe. So, get your favorite Coffee, put your feet up under your computer desk and enjoy my blog! Don’t forget to tell me about your own coffee, art and ambiance favorites, dreams, and personal achievements!