Many people have asked us what we love about MarKee over the past year. As we continue to love many aspects of our business one theme keeps coming up: our community. Community is such a broad term and can be looked at through many lenses. How do we define it?
Monday night we had an event in Gig Harbor that made us say…yes, THIS is what we love to do. The Gig Harbor High School Speech and Debate team came in to perform a showcase for friends, parents, grandparents, teachers or anyone interested. While the crowd was a lot of friends and family in supporting the team, we had several customers come in to see what was going on and decide to stay. The scholars were awesome. The high school kids in supporting their friends were engaged. The families were proud. We had one grandfather tell us how proud he was and excited he was to be able to see his grandchild in action. Teachers, school board members, the high school superintendent and people from the community came together to support a positive activity in our space. Nothing could make us happier. All this while raising a bit of money for the team and their big trip to nationals.
The other piece of this event that we love is that this idea was hatched in a conversation in the shop. We decided all together…hey, let’s try it. We don’t know if it will work or if we will raise much money, but yes, let’s try it.
This happens every single day at MarKee. People interact face to face and share ideas. This is what community is all about…building relationships, sharing ideas and supporting positive activities. MarKee loves community in every aspect you can think of. This is what drives us. There is no cookie cutter way to make great things happen. What we are focused on is creating a space where people connect over food and drinks, share ideas and come together to support each other. Follow our calendar or come by to check out the event board. We have something going on most days of the week!
It has been one year since we opened GH MarKee. Whew…what a year. Let’s talk about how much fun we have had getting to know our community. We have regulars we love, we meet new people every single day and we have established some great relationships with vendors, business leaders and other business owners. Our mugs are overflowing.
This past year has not come without challenges of every kind but together and with our families we have been able to manage through them. This has been the most rewarding affirmation for both of us. We can handle what the world throws at us and still laugh. Some days may not be pretty but they are real and we are doing our best to be great business owners, friends, employers, MOMS, WIVES and community members.
We opened our second location in Old Town Tacoma in November…just eight months into our first endeavor. The opportunity came up and we couldn’t pass it up. I mean, this is the MarKee way…let’s do it. We love Old Town and enjoy being part of that community, as well. For us, it feels like a complete circle…University of Puget Sound is where we planned the dream to own MarKee together. Plus, we like to talk about running Ruston & up Carr like we used to do…summer is coming…
We can’t say enough about the relationships that have enriched our lives over the past year. AND it’s only been one year…we are ready to make the next year even better! Let’s do it together!
Courtney and Angie
37 days into opening MarKee, Courtney and I are so grateful for the community that has wrapped a virtual hug around our little shop. From LIVE music- kicking off with the Shy Boys (who doesn’t love them!) to the resurection of Trivia Night Wednesdays we are in full Spring swing. Thank you to our customers who have given us the grace to fix the small stuff and the feedback of what they LOVE, I think we have a good stream of “regulars” now! A sincere thank you to our amazing employees who have worked long and hard hours to learn everything they need to know at turbo speed, thank you for your commitment to bringing the best service to our neighbors who come for a latte or a sandwhich, LIVE music or a place to work. And finally to our friends & families, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you- Courtney and I, with 5 babies between the two of us, could not do it without our village. Let’s raise a glass to the Gig Harbor community for shopping local and living local, this is just the beginning.
Hugs & Lattes,
(That’s my awesome family, I just love them!)