Stories

Stories

Each week we offer a wide-open, transparent look at what’s happening at Summit Coffee — from the news, to the celebrations, to the failures, and back again.

  • Sep112012

    Happy Birthday, Summit.

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    Summit turns 14!! This weekend, Summit celebrates the 14th anniversary of its opening back in September of 1998. The theme of adventure has been an important aspect of the Summit brand and shop décor since day one, and it certainly has been an adventure! As with any adventure or expedition, there has been a mighty effort by a whole lot of…

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  • Sep112012

    What We Did Win.

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    So we didn’t win $250,000. An email this morning confirmed that LivingSocial and Chase Bank did not identify us, Summit Coffee, as one of 12 recipients of a terrific small business grant. But during the application process, which came together oh-so-fast, we had the opportunity to think about what we are. Thanks to many of you, we were a finalist…

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  • Aug082012

    Barista Jesse brings musical experiment to Summit

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    Most nights of the week, you can find Jesse Vetrone doing his thing behind the bar at Summit: making coffee art and keeping things cool. But it’s in the hours away from Summit when Jesse really lets the creativity rip. Along with Mack Russum, Jesse makes up one half of the musical duo Colours. Together these guys have spent countless…

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  • Jul302012

    How Does The Garden Grow?

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    First, an apology on the sporadic (that’s generous) posting of blog entries. To be frank, we’ve been terrible. But alas, we’re going to try and keep people more up-to-date on the goings on…. Each week at Summit, we brew some 300 pounds of coffee. That’s about 1350 pounds per month, and 15,600 per year. A whole lot of coffee. And…

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  • May092012

    Celebrating Robert Whitton: A Perfect Day at Summit

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    May 5, 2012 was a memorable day for Summit Coffee; in fact, it may have been the perfect day at Summit Coffee. The sun came up into clear skies while the many volunteers, vendors, farmers, and artists prepared to open the Davidson Farmer’s Market right in our backyard. Teams of people across the street were simultaneously setting up for Davidson…

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  • Apr202012

    Missing: Decaf Giraffe

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    ALERT: Decaf Giraffe, he who sits atop the decaf espresso beans, has disappeared. He was last seen two weeks ago, atop the decaf espresso beans (I think we covered that already). He is about 6 inches tall, looks like a giraffe (obviously) and has zero ability to move himself. As a result, this situation is being investigated as a kidnapping.…

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  • Apr162012

    Where’s Your Summit?

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    I’m sitting at our Summit. 128 South Main St. You’ve all been here. By definition, a summit is the apex, the “topmost level attainable.” That place is different for each of us. Wherever that may be, though, we want to go with you. I’d like to introduce our newest idea. We will call it “Where’s Your Summit?” And the premise…

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  • Mar222012

    Luck of the Irish.

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    It’s not every day I can work thunderstorms and Olympians and Leprechauns and a children’s hospital into the same brief blog entry. But in order to recap last Saturday’s Leprechaun Loop 8K — the first of four evening running events in the 2012 Summit Twilight Racing Series — I’d be remiss if I left any of those out. On raceday,…

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  • Feb172012

    Summit and The Freckled Dog: A Love Affair.

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    Six weeks ago, when 2011 became 2012, Summit Coffee introduced its Freckled Dog Pub to room full of would-be dog lovers. Customers delighted in the Dog’s friendly nature, good taste in music, and the refrigerators full of excellent dog treats (from the finest brewing companies in the world). Word quickly spread and the Dog is now entertaining dozens of guest…

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  • Feb142012

    Love Actually.

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    This entry comes with a preface: I’m trying really hard not to be too cheesy, but I may not succeed. It’s Valentine’s Day, which seems to be more divisive than our country’s political landscape. To recognize or to ignore? To celebrate or to bemoan? At Summit, we recognize, we celebrate, we embrace February 14. Chocolate and roses were so 20th century;…

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