Friday, March 28, 2008

Bread glorious Bread

Bread is important. Our search for a terrific to offer in our MarketCafe has led us in some interesting directions. The search continues. One interesting issue is that very few bakeries on the north side of Chicago deliver down to the wilds of Kenwood/Hyde Park. The search continues.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


A nice surprise today, the framing of Z&H has begun. It is great to smell new lumber. The rep from the company that our front door will come from was also in the space today, measuring. The new front door set will redefine the appearance of the store. An actual retail 'face lift'.We also met with our coffee roaster Intelligentsia today, they are excellent people with an excellent product. 

Saturday, March 8, 2008

An easy decision.....Intelligentsia Coffee

We will be featuring Intelligentsia Coffee at Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe. This is perhaps the easiest decision we will make for Z&H. With the experience we gained from our previous business, Intelligentsia is a perfect fit for us. They roast the best coffee available (Direct Trade trumps 'fair trade' every time), they roast every day in Chicago in vintage German machines, and the coffee taste spectacular. Can you tell we love Intelligentsia Coffee. We will be offering Intelligentsia at our espresso and coffee bar as well as on the shelf in the Market. We won't be offering any other brands. Since we know they are the best why would we offer something not as good?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Demo Done

Today the last piles of plaster dust were consigned to the dumpsters of time....melodramatic? Yes. The naked space looks fantastic. As fantastic as a 1750 square foot, backward C shaped space with 15 foot high ceilings can look (photos will be posted once we download them out of the camera). The next step is to get the city permit posted in the front window so construction work can begin. The architect (who is great) and Ziggy, our contractor (who has always been great, and is nearly like family) are hard at work acquiring the permit. So at this stage everything is falling into place. We have found an excellent solution for the ceiling. We have decided on the floor, we just need to select the tile colors. The aesthetics of our MarketCafe are fixed and will be a departure for Hyde Park. I think our customers and neighbors will be happily shocked as how nice the space is going to turn out.