We’re gearing up for a celebration on the 26th and 27th of May. You may be asking yourself – what could those crazy baristas at A Cup of Common Wealth be planning?
Well, did you know that in mid-March we found out the space next to us would be available to lease?
And, did you know that we said, hecks to the yeah, when our landlord asked us if we wanted to expand?
And, did you know we’ve been working on getting it open and connected to the shop ever since?
And, did you know we finally knocked that wall down and now we’ve got this nifty place called Common Wealth Mercantile – the kid bro-rista to A Cup of Common Wealth?
So, now you know – and guess what else? We’re having a Friends and Family Night on May 26th from 6p to 9p and a Grand Opening for the Mercantile on May 27th at 11a. We’re ridiculously pumped about this and there is even more meaning around this celebration than people probably realize.
You see a long, long time ago, in a distant place far, far away, we opened up the blue door of A Cup of Common Wealth. What many may not realize is that on the night before we opened, we hosted a Friends and Family Night. We were still relatively new to Lexington, but we had a packed house! **Disclaimer – our shop was very, very, very, very small back then – a packed house wasn’t the most difficult of things.
We invited anyone and everyone we knew in the area. A few people from across the country showed up, some people in the Lexington area that had helped us with construction came by, and some people from the neighborhood stopped by. For about three hours we made drinks, we took espresso shots together, and we chatted with old and new friends alike.
By the end of the night, after everyone had left and the last trash bag was taken out, Sal sat with three close, coffee friends. Friends he met at Water Street a decade earlier. They talked about their shifts shared at Water Street, their love for the coffee industry, and the future of the coffee shop. It is a conversation he holds dearly and one very few people (up until today) had ever known happened. Interestingly enough, one of the last things they joked about was what the plan was for the shop’s grand opening.
It’s a funny thing what urgent matters and important tasks can do to you. They take away your time and they demand it constantly.
After a week or two we didn’t have a grand opening, then a month went by, then summer went by, and then we went through fall. After about five months, we accepted that a grand opening wasn’t in the cards.
So many ideas that fell to the wayside – live music, food, drinks, free coffee, balloons (you have to have balloons at a grand opening), banners, friends and family from all across the country, and this and that. We don’t regret it; we accept it as part of our story, part of who we are.
Buuuut now, we get a chance to have a Grand Opening for A Cup of Common Wealth’s little bro and we wouldn’t miss it for the world!
If you’re up for it, come on down to the corner of Main St and Eastern Ave and celebrate with us:
Friends and Family Night: Thursday May 26th 6p – 9p
We’ll have some free coffee, cold coffee, and snacks. We’ll also be giving tours explaining some of the history and what else is still to come.
Common Wealth Mercantile Grand Opening: Friday May 27th 11a – 1p
Come on down and hang out with us – we’ll probably have a free drink or two, some loud noises, and guided tours from your friendly, neighborhood baristas.