The Coffee Garden just celebrated our 1-year anniversary yesterday. Hard to believe that it has only been a year, it seems like we've been open nearly forever. Funny how anniversaries usually lead to reflection, looking back on everything that has happened.

I'd like to thank everyone here in the bX community. I've learned quite a bit and gotten some great ideas from discussions here. Our store has benefited greatly from this community, and I appreciate it. Thank you.

Even though we've passed a critical milestone and are still standing, we have lots of challenges ahead. We need to continue to grow and expand our customer base while retaining our existing customers. We need to increase profitability without impacting our very high quality standards. I'd like to continue educating our customers about good coffee. I'd also like to see us grow our sales of whole beans, pressed-to-order coffee, traditional beverages, and for-here coffees. I have some strategies in mind to accomplish these, and will probably be bouncing some of them off of you here in the community in the coming weeks.

Once again, thanks to everyone here. Here's hoping that your holiday season is in full swing, and continues to be strong past the new year.

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Comment by Brady on December 22, 2008 at 10:30am
Thanks for the kind words everyone. We really appreciate them.
Comment by Jason Dominy on December 22, 2008 at 8:18am
Congrats Brady from not only your roaster, but your friend. It truly is good to have The Coffee Garden in our community, and the coffee community as a whole benefits from your involvement. So, cheers!
Comment by Matt Milletto on December 21, 2008 at 8:57am
Congrats Brady! I wish you and your shop the best and appreciate your involvement here on bX, it would not be the community that it is without your support as well. Have a great holiday.
Comment by Adrian Badger on December 21, 2008 at 8:00am
Congratulations Brady! You've come a long way, baby! You're insight on this site during this time has also been invaluable.
Comment by Jen on December 21, 2008 at 6:11am
congrats on one year open!!! :) it's definitely the hardest year with all the set up and trying out products etc. Good luck and hope you have many prosperous years to come

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