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Soft Opening

October 28, 2015. Served some coffee and baked goods. The best plant box along Mother Ignacia, and a nice wall art…then road workers.

As our operation gets developed, interns helped and adapted well. Part-timers came at night–it was a bit scary outside, limited lights, dark street–it felt safer with them.

Friends and customers gave us gifts (food, artworks, etc.), some words of encouragement, and lots of coffee beans–plus regular supply of Vietnam coffee.

On our official opening (December 3) and “blessing day,” we invited close friends, shared our journey into becoming “respite.” Each day we met new customers, they wanted more stuff; we had baking workshops for kids and adults, expanded our menu.

Red Velvet Cupcakes, Dark Choco Chunk Cookies, and Panna Cottas are our regular’s choice. Coffee from Mt. Apo pleased our customers; and our “secret recipe” Hot Chocolate was a favorite.

Our flowering plants made our days brighter. Rolly Boga, Goro, and Gekorr kept us company; some paintings and zines entertained us. After joining two Local Loca bazaars and one 10a Alabama fair…

They started digging, we were inaccessible and worried.