Since Cuppa is still on hiatus, we’ve really been trying to take as many opportunities to enjoy more quality time with our family as possible. Over the past four or five years since starting Cuppa, many of the opportunities we’ve had to just spend together as a family have often felt over-loaded with obligations or just simply too short. The freedom of owning a business and being your own boss sometimes gets overshadowed by the extra hours it demands, which can take away from family. No parent wants to miss out on those times their children will remember forever.
We all have fond memories of trick or treating and dressing up like ghouls and goblins, a favorite super hero, or perhaps a cartoon character. I know when I was a child, I always wanted to be whatever character I was most enamored with at the time, until I started getting more into the spooky and gruesome aspects of Halloween. Having two 5 year olds, and an almost 3 year old, our family typically coordinates something that we can all participate in, and this year was no exception. We usually put quite a bit of creativity into our costumes, but this time we really went all out.
Halloween in Michigan is typically cold, and sometimes quite wet…it might even snow a little, so you have to be prepared for just about anything. So, this year, when my wife Koren wanted to make our three boys and I fleece body suits so we could go as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I was glad to take part in that. She spent hours sewing together the various parts of our costumes, and I helped make the weapons, which were mostly paper mache and paint, and some fabric tied on with leather strips. Koren also dressed up as Master Splinter, but unfortunately her costume wasn’t ready before she took the photo featured here, and well, somebody had to take the picture.
Speaking of the photograph here, which was taken in front of Nostalgia Ink in downtown Jackson, we also decided to enter it into a photo contest! We were given some free comics when we stopped in to see if we could find Shredder, and when we got home, we saw an advertisement in the back of one of our comics for the Halloween ComicFest Costume Contest! You can find our photo and vote for us to help us win by searching for our entry on the site or by clicking here to vote on the Halloween ComicFest facebook page. We could get some awesome prize packages that our boys would surely enjoy, so please take a moment to vote for us and help us win!!
For those who have been wondering, yes, Cuppa is still around and we do plan to reopen in another brick and mortar location ASAP, but when exactly we still don’t know. Over the summer months, owner Evan Farmer was working on the Cuppa Bus, doing events both private and public with Cuppa, and has been acclimating to being a stay at home dad. In the mean time, Evan and his wife Koren have also been preparing for the birth of their fourth child, which will most likely happen early next year. Evan has also been working on learning web design and doing freelance work on the side.
All things considered, we have decided that even though the space that is to be Cuppa’s new home will hopefully have a soft opening in December, Cuppa probably won’t be able to reopen until sometime in February or March, as we’ll be getting used to having a baby again. The good news is that, for the time being, Cuppa has partnered with American Trash Studios, and will be serving coffee there at various art events over the next few months, to help keep the business afloat and continue providing delicious coffee and specialty drinks for the public once again, even if it is on a limited basis. So, keep an eye out for more info about upcoming shows you can come see us at in the near future.
In the mean time, you can also order coffee (and Cuppa t-shirts) through our webstore, and we also occasionally offer coffee specials on our facebook page, if you keep up to date with us there. Thank you for all your support and encouragement over the years…we have really missed seeing our friends and regular customers on a daily basis, and can’t wait to get back to it!
We’ve created this site to engage with our friends and fans during our extended hiatus. In March of 2015, we temporarily closed and moved out of the most recent location we were sharing with the Pickle Barrel Deli in downtown Jackson. Originally, we hoped to be closed for only a couple of months, while construction was being done on the building we’re planning on moving into, which is downtown next to City Hall, at 159 W. Michigan Avenue. Unfortunately, due to problems the building owner has had with financing approval and construction delays, we have not been able to reopen.
Since we committed to being part of this awesome new artisan marketplace, which will be called the Mercado on Michigan, and because the vision and goals of this space are so in line with our own, we haven’t wanted to reopen in any another location, since it would only be temporary. Other personal considerations and life events have also prompted us to decide to just wait it out, but with growing uncertainty about the future of Cuppa. So, we decided to set up this website, to continue communicating with those still seeking our products, service, and company and plan to launch a greatly improved and more engaging site once we’re more certain about our reopening. We’re still selling retail bags of Populace Coffee, which can be ordered through this site, or by contacting us through Facebook page, or our Contact Page. We know it’s a bit unorthodox, but we’re trying to what we can to keep the Cuppa dream alive!
Thank you for patience and understanding.