The Future is Female

[et_pb_section bb_built="1"][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="1_2"][et_pb_image _builder_version="3.0.92" src="http://www.brendashiekh.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/A.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type="1_2"][et_pb_image _builder_version="3.0.92" src="http://www.brendashiekh.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/B.jpg" show_in_lightbox="off" url_new_window="off" use_overlay="off" always_center_on_mobile="on" force_fullwidth="off" show_bottom_space="on" /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.0.92" background_layout="light"] My daughter is opening a coffee shop in Los Angeles near Pico and La Brea and I’m really happy for her.  It’s called CLOVE because apparently all the other good coffee names were taken and because it looks good in the font she picked.  The name also inspired cool clove spiced coffee and tea drinks and even clove spiced cookies. It’s been hard to resist telling her what to do and giving her passive aggressive opinions.  I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to say “What do you mean a pink bathroom? It’s a coffee shop not a perfume counter.”  But I’ve been biting my tongue because when I think about it, what do I know about running a coffee shop?  The closest I’ve come to the coffee business is ordering a grande latte.

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One of the most exciting parts about this new adventure is that she is teaming up with my mom who is a flower and design genius.  Everything my mom touches turns to beauty, so I know it is going to be a stunning botanical garden with perfect coffee and teas.  It’s fun to see them collaborating in this new space

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Owning a business is an exciting new adventure for my daughter, but the world of coffee and teas has been her passion for many years.  She’s been managing a couple of tea shops in San Francisco and was able to learn a lot about the healing properties of teas and herbs and she’s ready to carve out her own space in the coffee and tea market here in LA. I’m really proud of her, and I’m also relieved that she’s giving birth to a coffee shop, not a grandchild – I’m just not ready!

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Construction of the store is underfoot and she’s out and about town pricing roasters and grinders and under-counter refrigerators.  Her bubbly and super girly facade covers a ruthless haggler at heart.  When she was little she used to beg me to take her to the flea markets just so she could negotiate the prices of things she never intended to buy.  She spent a year in China where she perfected the art of the beat down.  I’m super excited for her and I’m hoping her customers don’t go to the mat over her prices.

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