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The Daily Count
Yesterday morning I experienced a boomerang memory spin like a scene from “Back to the Future.” One of my favorite daily reads is Poppytalk, a “Canadian design blog collecting inspiration and dedicated to promoting emerging design talent.” The posts are loaded with delicious photography. A recent guest post about a cool place in London called Go, Do & Drink struck a chord. It’s my kind of destination: a cafe with fun stuff for sale (including the furnishings!) and onsite DIY crafting, too. Wow! But the photos here are about a place that was called The Daily Count.

My Shop
This was my little experiment in cafe-retail heaven.

mural on cafe wall
Back in 2004 ’til 2006.

for my customers
It was part cafe (organic espresso with beans from a local roastery); part low-sugar, low-carb, gluten-free grocery that soon included organic, free-range meats, too; and it also functioned as a meeting location  for writing workshops and an entrepreneurial group I had co-founded.
for the love of color
There was a monthly ‘Gluten-free Recipe Club’ and annual gluten-free cookie swap. So many wonderful customers. All great fun.
mural on cafe wall
One of the shop’s features was the wall mural. It was my first painting-painting ever.
Memories of Brazil
Inspired by my Brazilian adventure in 2001. Look familiar? It’s also my blog banner. Guess I miss traveling, too …
cafe window
There are a multitude of reasons that the business closed after only two years. Many lessons learned. And without a doubt, new frontiers opened up afterwards. But boy,  Go, Do & Drink looks like a fun place to hang out and make stuff. Time to renew my passport? You bet!

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  • Kathleen Gilday September 24, 2011, 9:20 am

    Thanks for bringing me down memory lane. I remember that first place (briefly) — the pictures look so beautiful!! Then, of course, your next shop is where I hosted my first writing workshops!! Wow, that was a period of growth for both of us, wasn’t it?

  • snydeen September 23, 2011, 2:24 pm

    So was this place in London? I haven’t been to London in 27 years! Wow. It’s definitely time to get a new passport and get out in the world.

    • myartfullife September 23, 2011, 2:44 pm

      My place was in Nashua, NH (The Daily Count). The link in the first paragraph of the story is in London: Go, Do & Drink.

  • etomczyk September 22, 2011, 1:18 pm

    You had me at a monthly ‘Gluten-free Recipe Club’ and annual gluten-free cookie swap! And a writing workshop, as well. What a neat place. Will you try again?

    • myartfullife September 22, 2011, 10:21 pm

      Hello, hello! Great to meet you — thanks for stopping by and commenting. Wish you could have been a part of the monthly GF Recipe Club and annual gf cookie swap. Although I won’t be giving it another try with the standard brick-and-mortar, I do have a fun alternative brewing online. May I add you to my email announcement list?