OPEN DAILY—that's EVERY DAY—9-2; easy to say, easy to remember... that's what we hope, anyway!
It wasn't long ago that we explained our weird weekend hours. Well, after writing that, and thinking some more, and explaining the schedule awkwardly again and again, we decided to make the big jump to being open SEVEN DAYS A WEEK! We looked at the busiest times according to our Square stats and tailored the hours around that. We always have a 9am surge and then again around 1pm. We're definitely an after-lunch pick-me-up to a lot of folks. So we went with 9am to 2pm.
Here's Lindsay and me at the one year birthday of the shop!
Although I agree that coffee shops should be open early, like 7am, I've just spent too many mornings by myself for it to make sense at this point. The 9am rush is people headed to work, and most seem to show up a little after 9 anyway.
Here's Brewmaster & aspiring comedian Chris Clements hosting our weekly open mic, #uelLAUGH.
Once we decided on those hours (they were actually Austin's idea), we decided to let the world know with big bright signs in our windows, on all the time. After our recent Uel Laugh sign build (click here for the Uel Laugh event / info page), we confidently DIY-ed three more signs with the yellow material and vinyl stickers from our new pals at Delphi Signs. I splurged on LED 4 foot lights, which were considerably more expensive than normal fluorescent lights, but they use way less energy and don't get hot.
The freshly stickered sign.
We used strips of yellow plastic with vinyl stickers, backlit by LED lights. All you really need is a light source and something transparent for the actual sign. And then build a box around it all.
We attached all three LED lights to the same big board—no need to build individual boxes for the three side by side windows.
The LED lights work great, but the sales guy that talked me into them said nothing about the fact that they are meant to be hard-wired in—we had to install our own electrical plugs. It wasn't that hard, but was annoying to make an extra trip back to the hardware store. We bought several feet of electrical cord, then stripped the ends and attached it to a plug on one side and tied it in to the actual lights on the other side. Sorry I don't have a bunch of how-to photos... you had to be there.
The finished signs!
Well, I've got coffee to brew! –Uel