Well the world has shifted since my last post, but one thing stays the same…community. We are so fortunate to live in such a supportive, creative and progressive part of the world. We all understand the importance of inclusion, kindness, acceptance and supporting each other through the good and the bad times. That’s what neighbors do!
C & P is proud to support many local organizations and hope that you will join us, either with financial contributions (accepted at the coffee shop) or by volunteering your time. We welcome new opportunities to be involved, so keep us posted on organizations or events that are important to you.
WestSide Baby is the only social service agency in the West King County area that collects, inspects and distributes free diapers, clothing, cribs and safety gear for babies and children. http://westsidebaby.org/
West Seattle Food Bank is committed to providing food security and community connections to our neighbors in need. We envision a strong and connected community in which all people have access to safe and nutritious food and the essential necessities of living. http://www.westseattlefoodbank.org/
The West Seattle Helpline is a nonprofit social service agency offering emergency assistance for our West Seattle neighbors. Our mission is to empower our neighbors to regain their self-sufficiency after facing an emergency or unexpected hardship. We fulfill our mission by providing information, referrals, clothing, bus tickets, and rent and utility assistance to help low-income families in need. We strive to strengthen our community through our philosophy of “neighbors helping neighbors.”
Now that the rains have come, stop by C & P and settle in with a great book. You can find some amazing local authors in our new WordsWest Library. Come celebrate the unveiling of a new library featuring a book by every author who has read at WordsWest. The WordsWest Community Reading Library will serve to promote authors as well as serve as an inspiring, free resource available for patrons of C & P Coffee Co. to read at their leisure while in the coffee shop.
This is no average literary event, but then again, West Seattle is not your average community!
Every third Wednesday, 7pm, at C & P Coffee Company, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to guided writing explorations. Each month we also host a community member to share his or her favorite poem as part of the Favorite Poem Project.
The next WordsWest Literary Series will present Alma García & Imani Sims.
Wed., November 16, 2016, 7pm, C & P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. SW
Favorite Poem by and Dessert Benefit for West Seattle Food Bank
Alma García’s short fiction has been published as an award-winner in Narrative Magazine, Enizagam, Passages North, and Boulevard; has most recently appeared in Kweli Journal, Duende and Bluestem; and appears in the anthology, Roadside Curiosities: Short Stories on American Pop Culture (University of Leipzig). A past recipient of a fellowship from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, she makes her home in Seattle, where she teaches fiction writing at the Richard Hugo House and is a private editing consultant as well as a violin instructor. She recently completed her first novel.
Imani Sims is a stiletto loving Seattle native who spun her first performance poem at the age of fourteen. Since then, she has developed an infinitely rippling love for poetry in all of its forms. She believes in the healing power of words and the transformational nuance of the human story. Imani works to empower youth and adults through various writing courses and interdisciplinary shows all over Washington. She is a 2015 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellow and 2015 Jack Straw Fellow. She is the author of three books of poetry: Twisted Oak, Beloved: Collision and the October 2016 (A)live Heart.
I know not everyone is excited about the change of seasons, but I love the focus from outdoors to indoors. Cozy dinners with family and friends, festive holiday get together and PARTIES!!! Please consider C & P for your holiday gatherings. We have lots of room and best of all, we do the cleaning up.
Our flexible venue includes:
- Friendly and efficient staff
- Full espresso bar
- Beer and wine service
- Large main room with original fireplace and hardwood floors
- Small side room (available separate for small gatherings)
- A stage for performers
- Front and back patio as well as outdoor garden spaces
- Great parking lot to for food trucks
Our capacity is around 50 inside and 100 plus when including the outdoor spaces.
We will gladly help you arrange caterers, florists, live music , photographers or whatever else is needed to make your special occasion fantastic.
Our rental rate is $125.00 per hour (commercial rates available on request). We have a three hour minimum rental on the weekends. A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your date.
For more information, please contact us at; firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pete at 206-280-2579
Celebrate one of the last of 2016’s summer weekends at C&P Coffee for a paella feast courtesy of Joey Serquinia, Chef de cuisine of Harvest Vine, plus beer & wine, Spanish guitar, and Cupcake Royale cupcakes! All proceeds support emergency services at the West Seattle Helpline.
Date: Sunday, September 11th, 2016
Time: 4:00 – 7:00pm
Location: C&P Coffee (5612 California Ave SW)
Limited # of Tickets Available at: wshelpline.org/paella/
Hey Neighbors, its July, which means Stuff the Bus for WestSide Baby!
If you don’t know about West Side Baby, the are an awesome organization founded in 2001 by a new mom who recognized the stresses of caring for an infant. westsidebaby.org
They are the only social service agency in West King county area that collects, inspects and distributes free diapers, clothing, cribs and safety gear for babies and children. More than 120 local social service agencies, including shelters and food banks, rely upon WestSide Baby to provide critical necessities for low-income families.
- One in three parents in the USA has experienced diaper need
- A month’s supply of diapers can cost $100 per child
- Diapers are not covered by government assistance programs such as food stamps or WIC
- Desperate parents resort to cleaning out and reusing soiled diapers, or wrapping their children in towels, coffee filters or Ziploc bags
You can help by donating cash or bringing a new package of diapers (any size) to C & P during the month of July and we will buy you a coffee for your donation!
Together, we can help our neighbors in need.
I don’t leave West Seattle often, because, why would you? But for my friend Jameson Morrell, I did. Jameson has been guiding us through a yearlong program of sustainability and I appreciate his passion for promoting healthy growth visions for small business.
Sustainable Seattle had their leadership awards dinner and we were invited. Sustainable Seattle promotes innovations that advance healthy communities, environments, and economies by providing a framework for advancing sustainability awareness, knowledge, attitudes, values, behaviors, and system characteristics. (www.sustainableseattle.org)
I finally met a few of the other business that Jameson has been guiding. West Seattleite, Wendy Lomme, from Akina Designs was there. They focus on expert earth-friendly interior and exterior design, installation and maintenance services, customized to meet your needs. (www.akinadesigns.com). Also in attendance was Jen, from Blue Sky Bridal. They sell eco-friendly gowns for sustainably, happily ever after’s (www.blueskybridal.com). And finally, Dan Kohler from Freewheel Cargo. Freewheel Cargo is at the forefront of sustainable urban delivery. By replacing trucks and vans, their service reduces climate and asthma-inducing pollution and traffic while making streets safer for biking and walking. Just two of their delivery bikes prevent six tons of carbon emissions each year and provide the overall benefit of taking one car off the road. (www.freewheelcargo.com).
As a small business person, its easy to get caught up in the details of everyday. The stress and responsibility can sometimes cast a shadow over the incredible opportunity we have to participate in a larger community. There is so much joy to be had in sharing our common passions and desires for a better future.
It was so inspiring to see all these people, in so many varied professional capacities, come together to celebrate their successes. These are business people who love their communities and want to make them thrive in a sustainable and healthy way.
There are so many people in our own backyard (literally) who spend part or all of their working day committed to the environment, enriching our shared cultural life (all the writers, poets, musicians and artists who share their work with us) and finding better ways to grow our community. Pete and I are excited about the future, inspired by you and are look forward to finding ways to be a part of West Seattle for a long time to come