Due to divorce, I left Nantucket with a baby, two large dogs and a 17 foot U-Haul towing an old Land Rover behind. With the help of my family, we moved back home to Ligonier arriving May 1, 1994. May Day! I remember thinking how significant it was. May Day meaning new beginnings OR May Day!! as the international distress signal. I think in our case, it was a little bit of both.
In any case, I had hoped that this change of events would also bring along new, positive changes as time wore on. One thought I had was to start a coffee roasting business. A friend on Nantucket had done so and it piqued my interest. His was in a warehouse though. I had my own ideas of how to do this. At the time there was a building for sale in Ligonier that I always loved and it was perfect for a cafe & roastery. I knew what I wanted, even down to the details of the furniture, ambiance etc. This was a time when there were no such businesses in Ligonier or the surrounding area. Now cafes in town are like antique stores used to be. (There are approximately nine to ten now. Not sure because some do not last long.) In any case, the idea didn’t work out for many reasons all those years ago.
Fast forward to the spring of 2010. Poor Dave agreed to the “bean brain idea” & in June, we brought our roaster home to PA and began the adventure/business. No cafe and roastery in the building I wanted (or any building for that matter) yet. However, we have a small building for the roaster, the business is growing and 3 1/2 yrs old now. Things are going the right way, just not fast enough for our taste. I think I must remember this quote.