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  • Jan192012

    In Praise of Songwriters, Jackie Moseley and Co.

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      How many times have you been in a bar, restaurant, or coffee shop and heard a live rendition of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl?” How about “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond? Or Oasis’s “Wonderwall?” Me too. I have nothing against these songs or the people that play them. Hell, I’ll sing along. But this just isn’t what we’re about at…

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  • Jan182012

    Run, Summit. Run.

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    Among the many unbelievable (a literal use of the word) things Forrest Gump did during his life, running across the country was perhaps the most absurd. His exploits as a war hero and, later, a world-class ping pong champion were healthy exaggeration. But three years, two months, fourteen days and sixteen hours spent pounding the pavement? That’s tall tale. We learned…

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  • Jan122012

    Pay It Forward, Summit Style.

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    When Nike first started selling its ubiquitous Livestrong wristbands, at their Niketown store in Chicago, the cashier asked her customer if he would like to buy one. Not only did that customer buy a band, he also bought one for the customer behind him in line. That next customer, taken aback by the random act of kindness, replicated it and…

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  • Jan112012

    Don’t worry, she’ll be back tomorrow

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    “Where’s Becky?” “Where’s Becky?” “Where’s Becky?” I fielded that question at least a half dozen times this morning, Today is the one day a week that Becky doesn’t open the store. Each of the other six days this week, and on six days each week, Becky wakes up before all of us to get the coffee brewing and get the…

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  • Jan062012

    The Freckled Dog Pub

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    I’ve felt for a long time that Davidson needed a pub. It wasn’t until recently that I determined we could open one in our upstairs. When I was living in Oxford, England two summers ago, my wife Beth and I got in the habit of meeting at 5:00 each day in one of the MANY local pubs. We loved the…

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  • Jan052012

    Billy Jones, musician-in-residence.

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    Billy Jones has taken to calling Summit his “home court” for concerts, and, well…he should. Billy has played at least one concert at Summit each month for the past 8 years. All told, he has performed more than 750 hours of music on his home court: downstairs, upstairs, out back, and out front. When I became an owner of Summit…

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  • Jan022012

    A New Year. A New Look.

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    A New Year. A New Look. Welcome to our new look. While the ball dropped in Times Square and the calendar rolled over yet again, we spent the weekend refreshing Summit Coffee. Some changes, perhaps most notably the paint on our walls, happened overnight. A dedicated crew of baristas and friends shared many hours and gallons of paint to give…

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