The Commons

The Commons Spring Update

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The winter season gives us all an excuse to hibernate - to stay in on cold afternoons and put off laundry until the snow lets up. The mood at The Commons has reflected this tendency for a few months, but now as everything is thawing we’re coming back strong with a new line of sandwiches, salads, and breakfast sandwiches, as well as launching a drop off laundry service. We’ve got a honey cinnamon latte on the menu, too. Really, there’s too much to summarize - its worth a visit to experience everything that has been going on.

 

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As we celebrate our one year anniversary (what?!?) it’s exciting to look back over all the customers we’ve been able to serve, the conversations we’ve had, awards we’ve won, the difficult moments we’ve grown through and all the jokes and puns our staff shoots back and forth. Some of the most rewarding moments are those when we see folks interacting who wouldn’t otherwise have the shared space to do so - sharing stories, attending meetings, and sharing their talents at open mic nights. A big thanks to all of our customers and supporters over the past year! It’s a pleasure to be able to serve you week after week.


The Commons Spring Update

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These past three months have been a wonderful time of learning for me as I prepare to lead a team, run a business, and serve a community. It has also been a time of transition from primarily sitting behind a computer planning the systems and creating spreadsheets, to preparing the space and meeting all the folks who poke their heads in. With each visitor I’ve been able to share in their enthusiasm about a laundromat and cafe here in our neighborhood. Its difficult to sum up all the change that has taken place over the last few months, as well as all the amazing people who have contributed their time, resources and creativity to this project. I invite you to experience it first hand as we open our doors to our community and the world!

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Please continue to pray for The Commons to be a profitable business and to spark other neighborhood-focused businesses along Mack Ave. Please also be in prayer for the staff of The Commons, that we could care well for everyone who comes into our space, and that God would be glorified through our actions.

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The Commons December Update

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Its been an exciting few months shaping and creating The Commons. The newly-formed staff got together before Thanksgiving to share a meal, get to know one another and tour the building. Zeke and I set out to assemble a diverse and welcoming team to serve the community, and I’m pleased to see that team coming together and taking time to learn about one another. Final suppliers and service providers are falling into place, and one last community engagement event is being planned prior to our grand opening.

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And have you seen the beautiful tile and woodwork being done by JJ’s House? They’re bringing some true beauty into the space.

The next few months will see the launch of The Commons, and a period of time where Zeke and I will discover ways to activate the upstairs community space in ways that will benefit our families and our neighbors. I would appreciate prayer for wisdom as The Commons opens and perseverance through all of the long work days as I seek to care for my staff and bless the community through the establishment of a new business on Mack Ave.

- Jesse Bandfield, General Manager of The Commons