Renovations! Not to be done in a day

reno picSince last week, we have been working on renovations at 4004 and 4006 Main Street, Hilliard Ohio. Visit our facebook for more pictures and videos of what we have done.

This week has been all about painting the main house (4004 Main Street). We have been blessed with various people coming by to volunteer their time and helping this space to get completed.

For me, one of the more frustrating pieces to all of this is the amount time it takes to do a project. Painting here, organizing there, cleaning up over there and the list continues. I have been used to getting this done rather quickly that things that take time frustrate me. Ironic, this journey is about slowing down and doing it right and waiting for the right time.

Do not get me wrong, we are moving fast and getting so much accomplished! The little things can throw me off and get me down. I want to see if come together quicker yet I am not seeing the detailed small stuff that needs to take place first. These small things are so important and need to happen in order for everything to look good and fit together.

renoLike I said, so many people have helped out already and so many will continue to help out- to that I am grateful. Many hands make lite work.

So what have I learned so far that I can pass on to you?

1 – Be thankful! Things will not always go the way you hoped they would go, people will disappoint you, and projects will take longer. Yet being thankful will reverse these into – learning to grow through unexpected times, appreciate those who are around you and do what you can.

2- Take care of yourself. I have this guilt feeling of not being there to help out. Even right now, I am thinking how dare I take time and write this blog while I can be at the shop doing more stuff. But its important, especially if I want to continue to be productive.

I am grateful beyond words for the amount of time, energy and effort those who have been faithfully volunteering their time for these past few weeks to make this dream a reality. Thank you! Let us not give up the good work that is before us…it is only the beginning…

4004 Main Street, Hilliard OH

Solar PicWe are excited to announce that 4004 Main Street in Old Hilliard will become the location of Coffee Connections!  On August 21st, we will begin to make our mark on the space and we plan to be open this September!

Isn’t that currently Solar Cafe?  Yes, and the story behind how this came to be an option for us is truly unique.  I want to share that with you.

April is when the assignments for vendor’s spots around town are made.  Our desire is to connect with people in the community and the one spot I really hoped to get was Hilliard Station Park. And we got it.  But it was right across the street from Solar Cafe. Because we both would be selling coffee, and I desire to promote unity within this community, I decided to have a conversation with the owner.  I walked into Solar and introduced myself to Tom. I shared with him my ideas for unity with my vendor spot at the Splash Pad and asked if he would be willing to work with me.  He reached his hand across the table from me and said “thank you”. We chatted for the next hour and half, and the something that I never imagined, happened.  Tom’s true desire is to be the landlord of the property and noticing my passion and vision to have a great place for people to connect over coffee…he offered for me to purchase the assets of his business and set up shop. This offer shocked me.  First, Old Hilliard is my dream location to own a shop.  Second, it was out of left field.  We had just finished a dedicated time of prayer where I felt God clearly told me to just focus on the bike.  It seemed unattainable, though, because I didn’t have access to the funds to make it happen.

I shared this encounter with some friends and asked them to pray for us. Surprisingly, one of these friends later called me and said, “God would not let this idea go.” After more prayer, we decided to move forward as this friend became our initial investor, making this space a reality.

Since then, we have had various encounters with people about this space and their excitement about its transformation. The bike has done its job and will continue to make relationships by going out to serve people.

We plan on taking a few weeks to renovate the space and open it around the beginning of September. We’re so excited to have a physical location for people to come and enjoy great coffee and build connections.  My next post will be about what we plan on doing within the space and what it means to those who live in and around Hilliard.