Small World Coffee

Our 20th Anniversary Party

By Jessica | Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 11:54 am

Small World Coffee anniversary cake.

Small World Coffee opened its doors on December 22nd, 1993, during an incredibly snowy and icy winter. The journey has been amazing and I am proud of what we have created. It has taken the love and efforts of many through the years. I also know that it took a piercing intention and daily discipline to actually get the café open…I was 27 at the time and Brant was 25!

Small World has become a fusion of coffee, food, art & music, which has created a company and place that possesses an authentic and energetic community.

Our family and friends have provided financial, emotional, spiritual and physical support. Mike and Bindy (my dad and mom), and Travis and Nancy (Brant’s dad and mom) definitely provided in each and every one of these ways. Many small world employees, including Brant and myself, lived in Travis and Nancy’s house in the early years. Nick Durrie, my brother, built the original Small World and has been integral in every single piece of construction since then. George Akers, my husband, has also been involved in a great deal of our construction since 2001. To all of our family and friends, we are so grateful.

Small World has hired an amazing cast of characters over the years; we call ourselves Worldlings. From our longest-term employees, Tuc, Vin, Malena, and Kenny, to our newest employee Tricia, I am thankful for the efforts, personality, commitment, and flair, that so many of these folks have shared and contributed. We have become a family of sorts.

We certainly could not do any of this without our customers. Without you, this café would be like throwing a party to which no one shows up! You have become our friends, our lovers, our husbands and wives, our advisors, our familiar faces, and your loyalty has allowed us to create and sustain a vibrant business. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.

The musicians and artist also deserve a shout-out. In our 20 years of business we have hung over 300 arts shows and hosted well over 900 musical performances. An influential contingent of artistic employees have enhanced our business by helping us with projects from branding, promotions, events and merchandise, to tip jar signs and shift costumes. Thank you to the art community for the influence you have had on the culture of Small World.

Over the last 20 years two of the things I have learned, and strongly believe, are the power of setting one’s intention and the power of collaboration. When these two things are aligned, it allows a company, or any kind of community, to build a strong and authentic culture. This culture is what allows a company or community to sustain itself over time.  We look forward to serving you in the years to come.

Jessica thanking Princeton for 20 years of coffee business.

Beatrice sings for the crowd.

Nomad Pizza joins the party.

Small World coffee celebrates 20 years in Princeton

Vin and Brant selecting the lucky winner of our contest.

Thank You,

Jessica

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