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Stick Fest 5 – The Stick In The Mud Celebrates 5 Years In Sooke

 

Congrats to The Stick on Five Years in Business Here in Sooke

Coming up this Saturday, July 7, starting around 11:00 is Stick Fest Five, put on by David Evans and his coffee crew down at The Stick In The Mud Coffee House in Sooke. David officially opened the stick on 07/07/07, and every year since he’s thrown an anniversary party to celebrate and give back to his loyal following of caffeinated customers. I had a chance to ask David a few questions about coffee, success, and celebration, and he was kind enough to step away from the roaster for a few moments to answer. Read more

Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas in Sooke

T’was the week before Christmas, and you’ve done it again – no presents, no gifts; shopping left ’til the end!

It’s the same old story every year. You tell yourself: “Next year, I’m starting my Christmas shopping in September!” and yet here we are, with gifts still to buy, packed parking lots in Victoria, and eggnog to drink in the fridge (which is much more fun). So why not finish up (or start and finish) your Christmas shopping here in Sooke? Here are a few suggestions: Read more

Name The New Roaster at Sooke’s Stick In The Mud Coffee House

Work's Boring... I'm Going To The Stick

Work's Boring... I'm Going To The Stick

If you’ve been by the fabulous Stick in The Mud coffee house in Sooke lately, you’ll notice that owner/operator/coffee nut David has cleared out and opened up a back room. What, besides a random-looking door-like window in the wall, is this all about?

David has ordered himself a state-of-the-art, top-of-the-line, so-awesome-it-deserves-more-hyphens coffee bean roaster from Diedrich Manufacturing in Idaho (not just for potatoes anymore!) He was out to visit Idaho a few weeks ago to see his contraption being constructed. It will be ready to ship in early December and arriving at the shop a few weeks after that. The challenge, says David, will be finding gas fitters to install the beast a few days/weeks before Christmas. So if you know anyone that will be working just before Christmas…

Every good roaster needs a name, and The Stick’s is no exception. So, he’s having a contest to name the roaster. Just go into the shop, write down your name and put it in with the rest. Include your name as well, and a contact method so you can get your reward if you win: the very first coffee beans roasted in Dave’s new machine.

I think this is very exciting, and I’m happy for Dave that he’s ready to take his business to the next level. By importing raw beans and custom-roasting them, Dave will be able to not only cut out the middle man roaster, but will have full quality and creative control over what goes into his customers’ cups. But then, those that are regulars like me would expect nothing less from the pusher in the alley in Sooke.

The Stick In The Mud is located just off West Coast/Sooke Road and Otter Point Road, at 6715 Eustace Road in Sooke.

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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Tim Hortons in Sooke?

Horrible Photoshopping Courtesy of Me.

Horrible Photoshopping Courtesy of Me.

Some would call it our national obsession – after hockey and beer, of course. So much so, that the colloquial term double-double (referring to a coffee with two creams and two sugars) was actually added to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary a few years ago.

Tim Hortons boasts nearly 3000 restaurants nationwide, including three in neighbouring Langford, but none in Sooke. I’ve been in smaller towns across this country that have a Tim’s, so why doesn’t Sooke?

This morning on Facebook, I noticed a group started by some Sooke residents called, appropriately, People Who Want A Tim Hortons In Sooke. As of this post, 156 members had joined since the group was created 2 days ago. The creator of the group, Randy Marsh, contacted Tim Hortons in Oakville, Ontario and received this response about his inquiry as to the lack of caffeinated-and-sugary-Tim’s-goodness in our little hometown:

Dear Randy Marsh ,

I would like to thank you for taking the time to write to us with your location suggestion as well as for your valued patronage.

Your suggestion has been forwarded to our Real Estate Department for their review and consideration. It is through feedback from valued customers, such as yourself, that we are continually able to grow as a company.

If you have any further questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards,

Goga
Operations Services
The TDL Group Corp.

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The inevitable Tim's litter.

What do you think? Would you like a Tim Hortons in Sooke? I don’t particularly care for Tim’s coffee myself, and I try and avoid doughnuts and muffins altogether, but I admit that their soups and sandwiches are pretty tasty if you’re in a pinch. The one thing I really dislike about Tim’s (and, to be fair, most fast food outlets), is the litter that’s left lying on the ground in close proximity to the store. It’s not the business’s fault – facilities are provided for responsible disposal – but the two go hand-in-hand.

I posed the question on Twitter this morning, and have already received a half-dozen-or-so responses. An interesting counter-question came about: Timmy’s for the sake of Timmy’s, or just a place to hang out in the evening when everything else is closed. A good point – most Tim’s are open 24 hours or at least very late and very early. Another point is that Tim Hortons provides decent employment for youth, and would keep more dollars in Sooke rather than spending them elsewhere.

I’m interested to hear what my readers think. Post a response in the comments (click through if you’re reading this in a reader or e-mail).

Tim Ayres – Sooke Real Estate Professional

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