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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Angry Orange Watch on: October 28, 2007 08:27:32 PM
so cute!
2  Arizona / Arizona: Central / counterculture cafe: a cry for help! on: April 19, 2006 10:48:16 PM
please support counterculture cafe while you still can.  and don't forget about downstairs!

repost of counterculture cafe's myspace bulletin

Ok, so those of you who are regulars at CounterCulture Cafe may have already heard some rumors, and I think it's best that you get your information directly from the source.

We are indeed in dire straits and after having taken a building that had been vacant for years, and never a food and beverage outlet, we sanded floors, we painted walls, we built a coffeebar in what was once a bedroom and we took an easy to miss, out of the way place, established a clientele and built up a business from nothing.

Now our landlords are trying to muscle us out, keep our equipment, and hand over the business to someone with deeper pockets, someone more in line with their approach and their ethics. Maybe someone who will actually be happy with the strip mall they're planning on building behind the place (We most definitely are not! Phoenix has plenty of strip malls!!!)

I met with our landlords on Tuesday and they were trying their hardest to encourage us to walk away from the business, trying to convince me that they'd be doing us a huge favor. In fact they'd like to see us out by this Monday.

We're meeting with them again tomorrow to discuss alternative scenarios (yes, we are a couple weeks behind on rent.)

So here's where you come in.

We need your support, not your pity, and not your donations, but we need people to come in and buy product. Often times the place is packed, and many people have been surprised that we're not yet breaking even, and while we love all the great characters who frequent our establishment, the sad fact is that people hanging out does not pay our bills, it takes people buying product.

So if you appreciate the venue we've provided for artists, musicians, performers and benefits, if you appreciate having a place where you can drop in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and get something good to drink, something healthy to eat, take advantage of the free wifi, meet diverse people and engage in interesting coversations, then I urge you to come in and support the business, not tomorrow, not next week, but RIGHT NOW.

When I meet people out and about and CounterCulture comes up in conversation, too often the response I hear is "Oh wow, you own CounterCulture? I hear that place is really cool...I really should check it out sometime!" Well that time is now or never, because there's a good chance that come Monday morning, CounterCulture will be gone, only to be replaced in a month or two by something much more corporate, much more sterile, much more bland...I imagine the murals will be sandblasted, the furniture replaced, the walls painted beige and the live performances stopped. I imagine the vegan and vegetarian offerings will be gone, and I'm sure you won't be able to get a soy yerba mate latte to save your life.

Mony and I have done the best that we can do with the resources we have available. The demands of owning a 24 hour coffeehouse ultimately led to me losing my well paid dayjob last May, and it's been a struggle ever since. We're still scrambling to come up with an alternative scenario that will prevent us from being locked out, but at this point, we need your help, we need your support. Come, buy stuff, tell your friends, tell your neighbors, your classmates, your coworkers...don't let CounterCulture become another $tarbucks clone.

If you wish to contact me directly please feel free to email me at:

info@countercultureaz.com

Your comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

much love and peace,

-andres


CounterCulture Cafe
2330 E. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 231-0762

http://www.CounterCultureAZ.com
3  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Re: matsuri festival on: February 23, 2006 06:52:29 AM
i think trying to meet here would be a recipe for disaster.  matsuri is always super packed...

(just my opinion)
4  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Re: Craft Fair in Phoenix 2/10 on: February 20, 2006 11:26:46 PM
since you mentioned four white walls... i thought some people might be interested to know that sheila put the boutique online semi-recently.  check it out!
5  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Re: february/march meetup on: February 20, 2006 11:14:59 PM
counterculture cafe is on mcdowell just west of 24th street.  they are open 24 hours!  besides coffee they serve up art, music, poetry, and also have a boutique downstairs.

wow, wasn't that totally cheesy when i said they "serve up" art n' stuff?? (nevermind, don't answer that.)
6  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Re: Bead stores? on: February 20, 2006 10:58:19 PM
definitely check out beads galore in tempe (southern & priest) and/or the bead museum in downtown glendale (around 59th avenue & glendale).

other places that you might try are bead world in phoenix (16th street, north of bethany), another bead please in tempe (warner, west of the 101), or even drumbeat indian arts in phoenix (16th street, north of indian school) depending on what you're after.

the second place crafty mama mentioned is arizona bead company.  i've never been in there so i'm not sure what they have.  another store, lonnie's, has a location in phoenix and mesa, but i believe they are geared more towards jewelry making supplies. (the website does mention beads though.)  there's also az gems gifts & beads (priest, south of broadway) but they only carry semi-precious stones and such.  if you're in the west valley you might find something at d&i beads in peoria (75th avenue & cactus).
7  Arizona / Arizona: Central / Re: matsuri festival on: February 18, 2006 09:51:17 PM
fyi - the matsuri festival is coming up again (february 25th & 26th).
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Hat That Is Also Ice Cream *Update for Hat #2!* on: February 07, 2006 09:31:39 PM
that second hat is frickin' awesome!!  it makes me happy!
9  Arizona / Arizona: Central / january 7th meetup on: January 05, 2006 12:15:16 PM
Are we going to meet in front (on the street side) or in the parking lot?

let's meet on the front patio if weather permits.  and after beverage consumption we should definitely walk over to fiber factory.  * * * for those who haven't been to coffee talk before, they only accept cash. * * *

I'm wicked easy to spot... I'm happy to act as a beacon of Craftsterness.

ha ha!  i was trying to respond last night (flaky craftster server!), but that is *exactly* what i was saying-- chris is easy to spot.  chris, you can never miss a meeting because you are our official beacon of craftsterness!  Cheesy

also, if anyone needs a ride just post your cross streets.  we'll see what we can do.  Smiley

i'll send out a reminder message to everyone... i can't wait to see you all!
10  Arizona / Arizona: Central / [revised] quilt, craft & sewing festival ~ january 26-28 on: December 30, 2005 12:36:16 AM
the phoenix quilt, craft & sewing festival will be at the state fairgrounds from january 26th through 28th (thursday - saturday).  hours are from 10 am to 5 pm.

admission is $8 $10, but you can use this coupon for $1 off. note: for some reason the coupon shows the admission cost at $10, but according to their website (and the az state fairgrounds website) the cost is $8.  i verified this with rusty barn (the promotion group) and the correct price is $10, but the ticket is good for all three days.  sorry for the confusion.

(ellen!  wasn't this our second date??  i looked it up: the gun show is on a different weekend this time.  bummer, huh?  ha ha!)
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