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A Year Ago Today

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(Photo credit to Scout Visual)

A year ago today was a big day for Tanner and I. We had just gotten home two days before from a two week trip to Europe, then drove straight from the airport to one of my closest friend’s weddings, and then two days later got the keys to our new loft in Kansas City. And on top of all that were handed the keys to our soon-to-be coffee shop.

It was a whirlwind to say the least, but I wouldn’t trade those days for anything. This past year was full of more blessings than I could ever imagine. Through Quay Coffee I have met some of the most influential and amazing people. My heart could not be more full today as I look back on all that we have been blessed with.

So today, I just want to say thank you. Thank you Kansas City for taking our little business in like we are your own family. I have never been part of a community that so whole-heartidly cares for each other. If you have never been to the River Market in Kansas City, I encourage you to go there! The neighborhood, the views, the smells, the people all are so great. It’s like our own little Stars Hollow (Gilmore Girls anyone?)

I am humbled, thankful, joyous, and blessedHere is what we walked in to the day we got the keys:

Quay Coffee Before | Quay Coffee Before |

 During Renovation:

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Oh Ikea tables…you tried to break my spirit with your mass amounts of sanding. But we pressed on and it was definitely worth the work!

And here is the after:

Quay Coffee | Quay Coffee | Quay Coffee | Quay Coffee | Quay Coffee | Quay Coffee |

To my husband:

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Thank you.  Thank you for dreaming with me, and loving me so fiercely through everything. I am so proud of you and what you do. You win best barista forever in my book :)

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(Tanner and I, along with our co-owners Cory and Vanessa Stipp and our friend and previous employee Ray)

And here is a sweet video that our friend Josh made about Quay if you want to watch!

Happy Friday everyone!

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Liz Stevens

My name is Liz. I dwell in the "Paris of the Plains" (aka Kansas City) and am married to my highschool sweetheart. Together we have a dog named Veda and a 1976 VW bus. Both of which we love like they are our children. :) I write about all things pretty. I hope to leave people feeling hopeful and inspired as I share my little ideas with the interweb. Enjoy! Follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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7 comments on “A Year Ago Today”

  1. This post had me teary eyed! You guys are so great, and you’ve made Quay so inviting and such a huge part of the river market. Can’t believe the before and after! I remember the first time I walked in- its definitely come a long way!
    You guys show Christs’ love to everyone who walks in the doors, and I’m proud to be your family! Love you!

  2. What you and yours have done with this space is amazing! Most every day I remind myself of how grateful I am that Quay is in the neighborhood!

  3. The transformation of this space has been amazing. I and all neighborhood residents are so fortunate to have such a stellar business so immediately accessible.

  4. YEAH happy key day Quay! Hehehe. Let’s Celebrate!

  5. We are so proud of you and Tanner, and celebrate this one year anniversary with you! We know you have worked so hard and made many sacrifices, but the results have been amazing! Quay is a beautiful place to get a delicious cup of coffee, and a warm offer of friendship. We’re blessed to be your parents! We love you! Mom & Dad

  6. I’m so proud of you!! You guys are so successful and you have such big dreams! That is so inspiring to me! Here’s to the next year! :)