Tuesday, September 29, 2009

John Carroll at Chat Noir Books

Chat Noir Books Coffee House!
Oct 17
7pm-9pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
$5 cover

John Carroll is a singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist who has explored music as a mode of expression for 25 years. A deep appreciation for folk, country blues and music in general, coupled with a strong and sustained desire to forge new ground both musically and lyrically have been the legs that have propelled his musical journey.


Friday, September 25, 2009

Las Chicas del Cafe - Thank you too.

This came to us from Las Chicas del Cafe via their newsletter. We are a retailer for their coffee and we hope that we are able to make a small difference in our world by selling their coffee.

Connecting Communities through your local retailer

Not long ago I sent a press release to a newspaper for a city in which our coffee was recently retailed at a local store. The editor of that newspaper responded to our press release by saying they wouldn't feature our coffee story because our connection to that community was tenuous at best. At first, I was disappointed that coffee consumers in that community wouldn't know how important their contribution was to our native community in Nicaragua. But then I was thankful. Thankful for the opportunity his comments presented.Our goal has always been to connect our coffee grower to its consumer. We feel it is an integral part of the social, economical , and environmental sustainability of coffee. And if we weren't doing a good job at showing the importance of that connection, then we needed to do a better job. There is a saying..."if you can save one life, you can change the world" Well there are many coffee lovers that through one pound of coffee at a time are changing the life of a coffee grower. This is not a product story, this is very much a people's story of how one coffee lover in a Canadian community can impact the life of a coffee grower in a coffee producing community. Las Chicas del Cafe is a small coffee company, working with small coffee growers, and one pound of coffee at a time we can accomplish a lot. Sometimes it's not even the monetary value of that pound of coffee, but the connections we make along the way that bring you greater success. It was one pound of coffee that started our connection to bring an eye clinic to our farm by a team of optometrists based in Calgary, it was one pound of coffee that began the construction of a preschool in Somoto. Indeed, it is very important to find a home for our beans, and a great cause for celebration when we do. When a new community embraces our coffee, it is giving a grower in Nicaragua a chance.
I am a witness to the hard work and dedication that it takes to bring this product to market, and now I have the pleasure of seeing how it makes your morning cup that much more special.
This Thanksgiving as you enjoy a cup of our coffee, know how thankful we are to have found you!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Issues of Magazines in!

We just got new issues of the following Magazines in today:

The Cottager
Children's Health(This is new from Men's Health Magazine)
New Internationalist
Mother Earth News

Friday, September 18, 2009

More photos of us and our tomfoolery

More photos of us and our tomfoolery

We make things - Jane Austen & Monsters!!

These are the "process" photos for our Jane Austen Monster-Mash Halloween Window

And.... Drum Roll Please.....

Planned obsolescence and the Kindle?

Just finished reading the newest article on Science Matters put out by the The David Suzuki Foundation called "It’s time to rethink our approach to garbage"By David Suzuki with Faisal Moola. And it got me thinking about the Kindle. So I Googled "Planned obsolescence and the Kindle and what was at the top of the list?

Made to Break: Technology and Obsolescence in America (Kindle Edition)

Ironic isn't it. Try it yourself type in "Planned obsolescence and the Kindle" and see what you get before Amazon finds some why to change the search results.

Excerpt from "It's time to rethink our approach to garbage":
"Every day, more people, stores, and cities are finding ways to cut down on use of disposable plastic bags, but we still create a lot of unnecessary packaging and products. Planned obsolescence – the absurd practice of producing goods that won’t last so that the consumer cycle can continue – is still very much with us. We can all avoid buying products that are over-packaged or that are “disposable” – and encourage producers to be more responsible. When we consumers take the time to let stores, businesses, and governments know that we want less packaging and that we want goods that last, we will make a difference. Our changing attitude about plastic bags is a perfect example."


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Window Display for Monster Mash-up

Our poster for the Pride and Prejudice came in today and it looks amazing!! Tonight we need to make some waves for our sea monster. Tomorrow everything goes up!

More pictures to come.

and Sea Monsters ;)

We're VERY excited about this one!! Released today! Come and get it!

Oh yeah... and this one too I guess....

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Part one of Tentacles and the Undead!!

Where else can you work where someone comes in and asks "Why are there giant green tentacles in the backroom?"

Last night was the Zombie hand!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Lips Touch Three Times

Just finished reading Laini Taylor's "Lips Touch Three Times", and what a wicked delight! What's with all the amazing YA this year?!

Everyone dreams of getting the kiss of a lifetime - but what if that kiss carried some unexpected consequences? A girl who’s always been in the shadows finds herself pursued by the unbelievably attractive new boy at school, who may or may not be the death of her. Another girl grows up mute because of a curse placed on her by a vindictive spirit, and later must decide whether to utter her first words to the boy she loves and risk killing everyone who hears her if the curse is real. And a third girl discovers that the real reason for her transient life with her mother has to do with belonging literally belonging to another world entirely, full of dreaded creatures who can transform into animals, and whose queen keeps little girls as personal pets until they grow to childbearing age. From a writer of unparalleled imagination and emotional insight, three stories about the deliciousness of wanting and waiting for that moment when lips touch.

About the Author

Laini Taylor is the author of the Dreamdark books: Blackbringer, which Kirkus said "belongs at the top of everyone’s fantasy must-read list", and its sequel, Silksinger. She is also the creator of the Laini’s Ladies line of gifts and stationery.

2009 The Leviathan trailer is live!

For all those fans of The Pretties and The Uglies, here's a trailer for Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan coming out in October.

It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With the Great War brewing, Alek's and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way...taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure. One that will change both their lives forever.

TRANSIT Feat. Sunparlour Players "Build It Up"

I thought this would be a great follow up to Jenn's "Six String Nation" Post, all music related and all. Plus we have Sunparlour Players Cd's for sale here in the store!! Hint, Hint!