Tuesday, February 23, 2010

An Introduction

A while back, we (Chris, Jayk and Emily) had the idea to open a bar. This is clearly not a new idea; in fact, it's the kind of idea MANY people have had over the years, usually while sitting and drinking in somebody else's bar (as was the case for us). We were living in Illinois at the time, and life was not the sun-shiny dream that we were promised it would be after college. Chris was managing a movie theater, Jayk was working as a repo-man, and Emily was jockeying phones for a local hospital billing department.

But we wanted more. We had grown exhausted with the status quo and yearned for a change of scenery and a fresh start. We dreamed of pine trees, mountains, and water. We dreamed of Seattle. Chris and Emily made the Great Journey in the summer of 2007 (leaving a Plymouth Neon with a suddenly-faulty transmission in a junkyard in Billings, Montana in the process), and Jayk made the trip (in 36 hours, with Chris as his driving partner) the following year. We had arrived, and we were in love with this city immediately.

The story does not end there, however. As Masters of our own Destiny, we were deeply driven by the desire to Do it For Ourselves. We wanted to try to build a business of our own, based on our own thoughts and ideals. We wanted to build a business that values its employees as family, placing the their well-being above the financial bottom line, and never stooping to hurt them (the people it counts on) to snag a few extra dollars. A business that provides a fun, relaxed environment and a unique, personal experience for the customer - if they're choosing to spend their hard-earned money and their limited free time with us at our place, it's the least we can do.

Our vision is to provide patrons with an array of beers and wines, as well as a comfortable, classy place to congregate, whether that be with a partner, a group of friends, or even for a solo outing. A place where the staff takes an active interest in everyone who walks through the door, and makes it their priority to make each customer's experience memorable.

"Cheers" did it; why can't we?

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