Saturday, 23 August 2008

Cosmopolitan Cotswold Cafe Society

We are open!

Firstly, it's me again, Mr GG.

As will become apparent from this weeks ramble, the girl has been somewhat busy. Above are team No.9 at about 9.30am, completely oblivious of the impending demand for coffee, cakes and lunch. Which henceforth shall be known as 'The Rush'

The first paying customer arrived at 8.40am, and for the record ordered a cappuccino. I know a photo of a cup of coffee really isn't necessary, but it is mighty fine coffee.

In the 'Calm before the storm', the cafe is ready to receive.

The sign writer did a cracking job and with Bloke's hard work, the cafe had been transformed.

The particularly fine weather this morning made our pavement tables irresistable to the 'the ladies who'

Anyway, back to 'The Rush', nobody is sure where it came from and nobody is sure when it started, but when it came team No.9 sprang in to action and stood shoulder to shoulder, resolute and unwavering. Even Connie the cow, who lives over the coffee machine, remained stedfast.

......okay, so that was just an excuse to crowbar in this great photo of a cow!

The most rewarding part of the day was when two ladies who had lunched at No.9, returned in the afternoon for coffee and cake. Repeat business on our first day!

To finish off, I would like to thank everyone who has helped us to get this far and for the cards, gifts (all of which are in the cafe), encouragement and support. I know the girl has found you all a great source of inspiration. A special note to The List Writer, the fabulous aprons will be featuring in a blog of their own shortly!

Garden Girl will return...........


Ragged Roses said...

Darling Anna I am so so so happy for you! Congratulations!
HOpe you're having a very, very relaxing evening

kristina said...

Looks absolutely wonderful! Can't wait to make a visit :) K x

JuliaB said...

ooooooh! congratulations!! It looks absolutely fabulous! I LOVE the cow! Well done, i am green with envy! And thanks for the update!

Annette said...

Well done, No. 9 looks FAB. I've been following your progress here - glad your opening day went well. Wish I lived closer - I'd be a regular :)

Petticoat Lane said...

Oh no, I'm SO disappointed..I wanted to be there on your opening day, I was going to turn up and surprise you!!! I was child free today as well!!
I'm SO happy for you. It looks amazing, you have great taste in tablecloths as well, I have the very same!!! Laura Ashley perhaps?? I love the signage.
It's as I feared...Bloke may have to go up a size in ghostbuster suit he seems to have split the side on the current one. Too much tasting of Lemon Drizzel Cake? Lovely to see the man who has been such an inspiration making an appearence on your blog. Such a lovely lovely man.
Lots of love,and a HUGE well done and Congratulations.
P.S I have an award for you.

Miss sew n sew said...

How exciting your open for business! The cafe looks fabulous I love the bunting and tablecloths!! Looks like you had a sucessfull day the cakes under those glass domes look very tempting!
Well done on on your hard work and congratulations!

Cowboys and Custard said...

I salute you dear Anna and Mr Garden Girl... Congratulations on the first step into Cafe Society..
I wish you much success and many laughs along the way.. and can't wait to sample that very fine java!

Much love to you
Michele xx

Sal said...

I hope you have all the success you deserve.Hope to pay you a visit one day ;-)

shabby chic said...

Congratulations to you both!It looks lovely, you have done a great job and those cakes look most inviting too. Well done xxx

Pinkie Cupcake said...

CONGRATULATIONS! The place looks amazing, brought a tear to my eye! I hope all those delicious cakes went down a storm. Glad you had "The Rush" and repeat business on your first day, what an achievement. Rich just said "Oooh where's that, let's go and visit" So you may have visitors one weekend!! Lots of Love and continued success! X

Vintage Amethyst said...

You are open, how exciting! I am guessing you just loved your first day open?!
Everything looks great, and repeat customers on your first day ~ fab news!
Wishing you lots of luck and every success sweet girl.
Enjoy every minute of it.
love Alison x

Tracy said...

Hello, Mr. GG...many thanks for sharing all about the grand day! So very happy first day was such a brilliant success...and such fun to see our Anna in action behind the counter! The cafe looks beautiful--the cool, serene colors, cheery oil cloth tablecloths & bunting...just oozes heaps of charm and delights to come! Well done all of you! I only wish I were so very far away that I could come and visit and have a taste! Best wishes on this new adventure! ((HUGS to Anna)) :o)

Lisa said...

Thank you Mr GG for letting us know how the big day went. I was thinking of you hoping all went to plan and it sounds as though it was a resounding success. The cafe's decoration is simply gorgeous and so inviting. Congratulations, you so deserve it.
Love Lisa xx

Cathy said...

Hurray! Congratulations on your opening - it looks fantastic and I can't wait to pop over. I will be visiting when I get back from camping next week. Hope it all goes well - you've put in so much hard work, and it looks like it's going to be a real winner. See you soon,
Cathy XX

Janette said...

congratulations, the cafe looks fab. Will definately pop in for cake and a coffee next time am visiting the cotswolds (probably around easter next year when visiting friends). Hope the rush and repeat business continues - am sure it will.

love and hugs

by the way noticed your comment on my neglected blog, will start it again soon I hope but in the meantime my email is if you need anything.

take care

monda-loves said...

congrats - it all looks fab - especially those tasty looking cakes in the first pic.


Vanessa said...

No 9 looks great, truly inviting! Congratulations and good luck with it. I am very jealous!

vanessa x

periwinkle said...

if only I lived a bit closer - well done everyone :-) love the cow
lisa x

mollycupcakes said...

Dear Mr GG firstly a very big congratulations on a fabulous opening of No.9
I can't wait to pop in next Saturday and meet my lovely bestest friend Anna, she must be so over the moon and you both deserve the every peice of happiness.
The cafe looks amazing, I'm loving the green dotty table cloths, it's just the same as our dinner table, Anna has such yummy taste.
Looking forward to drinking and having some scrummy cake.
Sending you both lots of love and more best wishes.
Catherine xxxx

driftwood said...

it looks fantastic, congrats on being open, wishing you many morning rushes and lots of very happy customers. xx

dottycookie said...

Oh wow, it looks wonderful - and I am gutted that we timed our annual Cotswolds visit a week too early and missed it :-(

Huge congratulations, and I hope you have managed to put your feet up by now!

The List Writer said...

Oh, I've got tears in my eyes reading this! Mr GG is doing a top job filling in for you Anna! xx

I am so proud of you, and all the hard work it has taken to get this far. Well done a thousand times :o)

Oh, and its good to see a picture of G - not at all as I had imagined (in a good way - ha!).

Marvellous stuff. Well done to all involved.

Sigh. Off to mop up soppy tears now. Speak soon.

N. xxx

Ali said...

Congratulations! I need a map so I can come and pay a visit.

Hazel Designs said...

It looks absolutely wonderful. Congratulations!

Dragonfly said...

WOW! It looks fabulous!
I'll be there tomorrow! Hazelnut latte...

Summer by the sea said...

Hi Anna - I am so happy to read that you are now open for business - I wish you all the luck in the world - you deserve it! - P.S. - I think your cafe looks lovely, I wish I lived nearer - Natalie x

Alchamillamolly said...

So happy for you - lots of luck in your venture

alice c said...

Congratulations! Isn't it thrilling when dreams come true.

Lesley said...

Wooohooooo!!! Congratulations Team No9!!!!

Your cafe looks beautiful and so does that coffee....and the cake....and the cow!!!

I wish you every success and now I will visit Google to see if a day trip is in order :)


Fancy Elastic said...

Well done and congratulations. The cafe looks really great.

Country Cottage Chic said...

Congratulations to you both! I'm looking forward to a special cup of coffee & cake next time I'm up your way!