You may or may not be aware that last fall we were contacted by the producers of the ABC television show What Would You Do? They were looking for a coffee shop in the St. Louis area to film a few hidden camera scenarios and wanted to know if we would be interested . DUH! Of course!
The days before and during filming were a whirlwind! They spent several hours setting up all of the hidden cameras in the shop, adding lighting and even new cabinets to hide the cameras in. They created an entire control room in our basement. We were in awe of how much went into the “behind the scenes” of a TV show. They filmed two different scenarios in the course of two days.
If you are not familiar with the show, they stage scenarios (with actors) in a public place to see how people will react and film it with hidden cameras. The scenarios address real-life issues that are occuring in our everyday life – injustices, homelessness, inequality, etc.
The first scenario filmed at EYCC aired in the season premier last night, July 7, 2020. I don’t want to give too much away, but let me just tell you that our neighbors and community literally blew us away with their reactions! Every single guest, not knowing that the scenario was staged and that they were being filmed, was genuine, compassionate and generous! With all of the negativity in the world today, this show proves that there are good people in the world and especially right here in our neighborhood. Click the link below to see for yourself….
We have been so honored to be in a partnership with the Gift-A-Meal organization for the past year! If you’re not familiar, GiftAMeal is a socially conscious dining app that simply asks that customers post photos from partnering restaurants while enjoying their food, beverage, etc. It costs the consumer nothing but for every photo shared through the app, a meal is provided for someone in need.
They have recently launched a podcast called Food on the Table. Food on the Table brings you behind-the-scenes to meet the people who drive the food industry and keep our communities fed. From restaurant owners to food critics, food tech entrepreneurs to hunger relief nonprofits… these are the stories of those who are working hard to put more food on the table, for all.
We were honored to have been asked to participate in one of these podcasts and boy did we have fun with it! We were told that Doug would polish it up and cut out the silly stuff – but he left it ALL in there and we are pleased with how it reflects just how and who we are…..sisters who love each other and have fun running a business together!
If you follow us on any of the social media platforms, you already know that we were both asked to be contributing authors in a recently released anthology book called Fearless & Fabulous; Finding Your Way Through Change and Beyond. This book was a collaborative efforts of 16 fearless women who share their story about their journey through some kind of change, whether it be in their career or in their life as a whole, and came out even more fabulous on the other side of that change.
You can purchase the kindle version or paperback copy on Amazon. We also have a limited number of copies in the shop for purchase. We may even be willing to autograph it for you!
We are so thrilled to be a part of The Women’s Creative, an amazing community of female entrepreneurs and business owners. Check out this blog post featuring Espresso Yourself Coffee & Cafe and our eagerness to promote local artists, makers and creators.
Thank you to EVERYONE that helped us celebrate our first year in the SOHA neighborhood and Macklind Business District!
We did all the things…..
~Joined the Macklind Business District just as it is growing with leaps and bounds. ~ We cheered on the gobs runners during the Macklind Mile. ~We hosted 12+ Open Mic Nights, welcomed several Book Clubs, pop-ups, meet-ups and art workshops right here in our little shop. ~ We went to our first Coffeefest (who knew there was such a thing!) in Indy. ~ We launched our Mobile Barista Service, Espresso Yourself Around Town which we hope to be bringing to an office, a home or a space near you! ~ Most of all we made new friends that make us smile daily and that is truly the most amazing thing that happened our first year… meeting you!
We are so very fortunate and blessed had such an amazing first year and we are looking forward to making more friends and memories over the years to come!
Our amazing Southampton neighborhood is celebrating 100 YEARS!
When we first moved in, we had been told that our building was believed to be the very first St. Mary Magdalen Church. Thanks to one of our regular guests who worked on the archives for the 100 anniversary, this has now been confirmed! Check out this photo of our building when the first service was held on September 7, 1919.
We are simply beaming with pride right now. We want to personally hug each and every one of our neighbors that voted us a NEIGHBORHOOD FAVORITE 2019. Seriously, we are beyond grateful! We promise to keep the good vibes going for years to come! THANK YOU!!!!!
We are proud to announce that we now carry what we think is THE BEST Bavarian Sausage in all the land. Our friends G&W Sausage & Meats are just around the corner from us and if you are not already familiar with them… well you should be! Come try some and let us know what you think!
Thanks to the support of our amazing customers, over 50 Bagel Tomato Melts were sold during the Gift-A-Meal Tomato Explosion in July and portion of the sale of each will be donated to Operation Food Search!
In fact, since it was such a popular item, we decided to keep it around for a few more months! Stop in an grab one while you still can!
100+ St. Louis restaurants have banded together to participate in Operation Food Search’s 9th Annual Tomato Explosion event all month long to connect kids at risk for hunger to nutritious meals this summer. Espresso Yourself is proud to introduce our special for this event – the Bagel Tomato Melt! Stop in, call or click to order this mouth watering treat.
How does it work? Simply dine at one of the participating restaurants and order their featured tomato-inspired dish and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Operation Food Search to feed at-risk children this summer in the St. Louis area. Check out the Facebook event to see all participating restaurants.