Visitors may notice a bulletin board next to the register known as our “Just Because” board. Every person who walks through our doors is welcome to take a card from this board to exchange at the counter for a treat. These cards are purchased by visitors to our shop and dedicated to others as small acts of kindness. Let us know on your next visit if you’d like to make a purchase to pass along to someone else!
We are committed to sustainability and an attention to detail that honors the people behind the products we use. We believe in spending our food dollars locally whenever possible and working with local farmers, producers and suppliers in Durham, the Triangle and greater South including Funny Girl Farm, Open Door Farm, Kalawi Farms, Pee Dee Orchard, Wild Scallions Farm, Ever Laughter Farm, Blue Merle Farm, Quarry Dog Farm, Deal Orchard, Levering Orchard, Waterdog Farms, Lil Farm, Maple Spring Gardens, Bluebird Meadows, Harland’s Creek Farm, Southwind Produce, SEEDS, Slingshot Coffee Company, Resistor Brews, Brothers Vigalys, Latta’s Egg Ranch, Boxcarr Handmade Cheese, Homeland Creamery, Maple View Farm, Woodfruit, Orchid Island Juice Company, Eastern Carolina Organics, and Farmer Foodshare.
We have the unique opportunity as a Durham-based business to work with local companies when it comes to tea and coffee. We have partnered with Counter Culture Coffee and are delighted to highlight other small, local roasters committed to direct sourcing and sustainability. We’ve also partnered with two women-owned local businesses for the teas in our shop. You’ll find both Jeddah’s Tea and Arteao featured on our tea menu for loose leaf tea, matcha products and specialty tea lattes.
As a local business we want to be conscious of the amount of waste we’re leaving behind, so we’re working in partnership with Compost Now to divert our food waste to be commercially composted, and to make sure that all of the the packaging and products sold out of our shop are either compostable or recyclable.
Part of sustainability, for us, is about quality of life for our employees. We are a Durham Living Wage Project Certified Employer, meaning that although we are a very new business, we are committed to paying all of our employees a living wage and offering paid time off. And as we continue to grow our business we’re committed to growing the benefits we offer to employees as well.