I saw this at The Lab and thought I would share it. Coffee classes from the man himself, Thomas Peters (when he talks about coffee his eyes light up and you can almost see his soul). Spend some time learning about (and tasting) different coffees and fall in love with coffee (it will never let you down). This would make a great gift, or company outing (yes he will do private classes). Email The Lab for more details.
Always full disclosure: The Lab are one of the sponsors of this blog. I don’t have to write about them, but they make me smile.
Ever since The Lab (our blog sponsors) opened there has been a very inviting chalkboard wall just waiting for someone to create something stunning – and now is your chance. The “Design this wall” contest has begun. You can find the rules (and prizes) on their facebook page – or email them to get an entry form. It’s open to anyone (under 18′s must have parental signature) and you don’t have to live in Lafayette to enter. So get your creative brains in gear and design this wall.
Last week I was getting a lesson in coffee (yes I was at The Lab who sponsor this blog) – I learned the difference between French Press, Clever Coffee and a Pour-over (yes you can taste it). Guess which one I order?
Anyway back to the story, last week I was getting a lesson in coffee and I was introduced to TONX – Thomas knows I love businesses with personality – he showed me the letter they send out with their coffee – it’s beautifully written and made me smile. They roast their coffee and ship it out within 24 hours – and the cup I had the other day was so delicious that I swear I could taste the fun they obviously have producing it (Ok so I couldn’t exactly taste it, but just knowing they love what they do helps).
If you need to know more visit their website – any site where the FAQ’s include “Can I have a pony?” is good with me. Be careful – if you love good coffee you’ll end up signing up to get some shipped. I did.
Their site is written in real speak (as I call it)… it treats you like a human, with little reassurances, explanations and little things that make you smile – their are lots of businesses that can learn from that (and no, I don’t work for them – I’m a ‘one cup of coffee’ and I’m converted fan).
UPDATE: I just read the email confirming my trial packet of coffee and notice the email address – PLEASEREPLY@tonx.org – you have to love that. How many companies use “noreply” ?- what kind of message is that to your customers? Nice one Tonx.
Today is the Grand Opening (and it will be grand) of cool coffee shop, and our wonderful sponsors – The Lab. It promises to be a whole load of fun, and you never quite know what Thomas and Pam have planned. One of my favorite groups – The Mercy Brothers are playing. This is somewhere you are going to want to be. Hopefully I will see you there.
It’s getting clever over at The Lab. Yes, they are one of the sponsors of this blog, but I have a feeling I’d be writing about them anyway because we could all learn from them.
Thomas and Pam have always wanted to create more than a coffee shop. They want a place where customers and baristas interact, where strangers feel at home, and where community is built. At the end of last week, to celebrate 1000 likes on Facebook they introduced the “Rules of Engagement” – It’s a simple (but clever contest) that involves them putting a ‘phrase of the day’ on Facebook/ Twitter / Instagram (thelabexp), along with an action (the first day was ask “Do you have the time” and you had to tap on your wrist) – then all you have to do is locate a barista and engage them by saying the phrase and performing the action, and you get entered to win. It’s simple, but it creates interaction – you know it helps everyone have a good time.
Knowing the result you want to create is key, then it’s much easier to find creative ways to get to that. Maybe you should grab a cup of coffee and think about what you really want to achieve in your business.
Our wonderful Sponsors over at The Lab now have gift cards (that should make everyone’s Christmas shopping a lot easier this year) and to celebrate we are giving one away. Yes $20 to spend on coffee, pastries, chocolates or cold sweet creams. Just leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite thing to eat or drink at The Lab is (if you haven’t been there yet take a quick click over to their facebook page and see what scrumptious stuff they have and tell us what you would order). Leave your comment below (if you haven’t commented on this page before it may take some time for your comment to get approved, but don’t panic, it will happen).
(you can win this contest from anywhere in the world, but you will have to come to The Lab to use your gift card). This contest will run until Friday (August 17th) at 12 noon (CST) – a winner will be picked by a strange random selection process.
The waiting is nearly over (nearly). On Thursday (28th June), at 10 am The Lab will open it’s doors (pending final inspections). I have seen inside and it’s truly beautiful – warm, very cool, and inviting. They have been amazing blog sponsors to us, so please go and visit them, say thank you, and treat yourself to one of the best cups of coffee you will ever drink (yes I’ve tested some). I will be there often, drinking coffee and writing, so come and say hi.
It’s getting closer. Our wonderful sponsor The Lab, Handcrafted Coffee and Comforts are training staff, finishing the interior and perfecting everything for opening soon (yes, soon is all I will reveal). I snuck in and took some photos and tested some coffee. Go and like their facebook page to be among the first to know when you can do the same. Meanwhile have a look through these photos and start getting excited… I am.
Our wonderful sponsors, The Lab are getting closer everyday to opening (yes, we can all start getting excited soon). At the moment they are looking for the right people to be part of their team – This is how they put it
“Now Hiring — this is your time to make a ding in the universe, meet some great people, make some tasty beverages & treats, and just generally like what you do — sound good? if so send an email asking about joining the Lab’s family! We promise to say Hi back and be nice to you – oh yeah and send you an application! Engage & Enjoy!”
More news will be coming soon – go and like their facebook page
quickly so you are among the first to know.
The Lab (our wonderful lightbulb sponsor) will be soon sharing news and all the excitement leading up to their opening – click on the logo and ‘like’ their facebook page to be kept in the loop… (and thank them for helping creatingclever exist)