1. We started a monthly ePost (sign up here!)
2. We got even busier at the Farmer’s Market, so we adopted Van-essa, our white market van. She is sweet and reliable, much like a Reeses Peanut Butter cup.
3. Speaking of the Farmers Market, we also got a new coffee maker for all the brewing we do at Durham’s Tracklements during the Wednesday and Saturday markets! For those of you who don’t know, it’s the support of TR, Ellen, and the rest of the smokery crew that allows us to provide you with fresh, hot, brewed coffee at market.
4. And while we’re focused on the Farmer’s Market, let’s not forget that we added a second stall at Market for our busy season – something we’ve never needed before this year.
5. John built a bike shed out of reclaimed wooden pallets behind our industrial dumpsters in the back parking lot. (Province Town Dune Shack proto-type in Ann Arbor. Thanks Ali for reminding John) We thought about starting a drive-thru dumpster coffee shop to act as our own competition. Then we decided not to. Now we store our bikes there. Bike culture.
6. We redesigned our front office and replaced our old, rickety desks with awesome, RoosMade particle board desks and shelving.
7. We had a(n admittedly kind of narpy) bowling party.
8. We got an ice machine and seriously stepped up the iced latte game.
9. The awesome blue Datsun truck is running like a (sometimes nightmarish) dream!
10. We cultivated three gardens on the property with the help of the ever-adroit Mike Appel.
11. We added more outdoor seating for those hot summer months.
12. Let’s go back to the Farmer’s Market. RoosChai! It’s there! We bring it!
13. We have an awning now. It says ‘COFFEE’ and it is awesome. Get it? Awesome awning. That’s my one semester as an English major at work.
14. We hired an out-of-this-world baker named Keri and she is SO COOL and we love her and now we make most of our treats in house. That said, we maintain our relationship with Mary Ann’s Bakeshop for our breads and with Becky Lipson who bakes our amazing biscotti. Deep local all around.
15. In fact, we hired a whole lot of new people. You can meet everyone right here!
16. We knocked down Wall #1 in April, opening up a room for a couple of new tables and extending our bar space.
17. We held two competitions: one among all staff to see who could sell the most beans, and one between Laura and Gretchen to see who could pet the most dogs. Since Gretchen is the one writing this blog, she would like y’all to know that she was the victor in the dog contest. 66 dogs in the month of May. Ah, the life of a young professional.
18. We introduced LOBSTER BUTTER DECAF.
19. RoosRoast staff discovered swants and they changed our lives.
20. We replaced all of the lights in the warehouse space with ultra eco-friendly light fixtures. Loving on Mother Earth since ’05.
21. We knocked down Wall #2 in November, creating a wraparound bar situation as well as even more seating, community table included. It’s all been documented by our favorite 7 Cylinders Studio!
22. We started ordering all our milk products directly from our beloved Guernsey Dairy BECAUSE WE ARE FINALLY A BIG ENOUGH BUSINESS TO DO THAT.
23. We went from being on the shelves in one Whole Foods location to being on the shelves in four.
24. We introduced our carefully curated, deep local Perfect Mug collection.
25. The number of customers through the cafe each day has more than doubled. We’re just completely blown away by the amount of love Ann Arbor continues to show us. YOU, all of you, continue to stop in for your daily triple shot long pull, your lattes, your pounds on pounds of Lobster Butter Love. You continue to ship RoosRoast around the country to your family and friends. You even advise total strangers to stop by the cafe, creating even more beloved “regulars.” So THANK YOU. Keep coming in. Bring your babies and your friends and your laptops and your dogs (but most, please, bring your dogs.) We love you a whole lot.
(Mark Bialek took this photo.)