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Bailey’s General Store
Bailey’s Shopping Center
2477 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel Island, Florida
Last September, the Coffee Bar @Bailey’s Barista’s were challenged to create the most creative and tasty drink. The winner was Maddy Maloy with her Irish Cream Bianca, a favorite among all who tried it in the fall. This time around, the challenge is to create the perfect Spring Drink; something that makes you feel like the sun is shining a bit longer and warmer, and all the trees are green – even if they never turned orange in the first place. And we need you – as we’re the search for members of our judge’s panel. Do you think you have what it takes?
If you would like to be a Judge for the Coffee Bar @Bailey’s Fall Barista Challenge on Sunday May 1st, please send us an email at email@example.com with your name and contact information, favorite Coffee Bar @Bailey’s drink, and a brief paragraph about yourself and why you’d make a great judge. Submissions must be received by Friday, April 22nd, and the competition will be on Sunday, May 1st.
The most unusual thing about the latest advertising campaign being promoted by the owners of Lily & Co. Jewelers on Sanibel isn’t the fact that the company’s “spokesdog” is dressed in an assortment of unusual costumes. In fact, that’s been a long-running gimmick.
What is unique to the latest series is that these ads not only promotes their jewelry business, but also promotes other local businesses as well as several of the island’s non-profit organizations, the latter of which will ultimately benefit the most.
“I would notice when going to functions around the islands, I would see the same people, and they would be writing checks to the same groups and organizations,” said Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. “But then I thought there must be a way to take that to a different level. How can we get visitors to the islands involved in some of the charitable causes and support our non-profits?”
Soon, Schuyler came up with an idea. Since everybody who comes to Sanibel and Captiva visits our local restaurants, it would seem only natural to launch an advertising campaign that involved eateries here.
“Once I had the idea, I went to 19 restaurants on the islands,” recalled Schuyler. “And every one of them said yes. They wanted to get involved.”
The idea was to create a series of posters featuring Lily, co-owner Karen Bell’s now famous Labradoodle, costumed — thanks to a little bit of PhotoShop special effects — in different outfits following individual themes. At the Coffee Bar @ Bailey’s, for instance, Lily is dressed like one of their baristas.
While each restaurant was asked to not only select a “theme” for their poster, they were also asked to choose one of their menu items — an entree, dessert, appetizer or cocktail — that would be featured as a speciality. Customers who order that selection will not only enjoy that food or beverage, they will also be supporting the non-profit group or organization, as chosen by each restaurant, who receives a portion of the proceeds.
For example, patrons of the Coffee Bar @ Bailey’s who order a “Lily Snowball” — a coffee beverage flavored with white chocolate and coconut — for $4, 10 percent of all proceeds from their purchase donated to F.I.S.H.
“The campaign is wonderful because it is making more people aware of our local charities,” said Blanaid Colley, owner of the Coffee Bar @ Bailey’s. “That money stays on the island.”
At George & Wendy’s Corner Grill, folks who purchase a “Lily Colada” will, in effect, be supporting the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society. Buy an Over Easy Orange Roll at the Over Easy Cafe and support The Onyx & Breezy Foundation. Order a Dragon Roll at Twilight Cafe, and a portion of your purchase will go to PURRE.
“For our part, Lily & Co. will match all of the contributions made by each of the participating restaurants,” said Schuyler.
Other restaurants taking part in the ad campaign includes The Stone Crab, Traders, Il Tesoro, Timbers, Sanibel Steakhouse, The Jacaranda, Old Captiva House at ‘Tween Waters Inn, Courtney’s, Beachview Steakhouse & Seafood, The Mad Hatter, Schnapper’s Hots, Greenhouse Grill and Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille.
“This is another way that brings together island businesses towards a common goal,” added Bell. “It’s businesses supporting other businesses, and together we are all supporting Sanibel and Captiva’s non-profits.”
Break out the green flip-flops and beach towels — St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away. But this year, Thursday, March 17, also marks another momentous occasion — the Bailey’s Center Merchants’ Association’s third annual IrishFest — a free community celebration featuring live entertainment, games, activities, food and, of course, a wee bit’o green beer!
“The Bailey’s Center has been at the heart of the Sanibel community for a century, and events like IrishFest say thank you to the community that supports us,” said Bailey’s General Store Manager Richard Johnson. “Please join us again this year and bring your friends and family along.”
“There are new merchants taking part in the event this year — K O R Island Provisions and George & Wendy’s Corner Grill, and we are thrilled to have them on board,” said BCMA President Ken Kasten.
While the BCMA welcomes new friends — including the magnificent Miss Silvia, who will be offering free face painting throughout the second half of the event — it just wouldn’t be IrishFest without some Sanibel favorites.
“We are looking forward to having the BIG ARTS Community Chorus, Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy, the Hat Boys, Billy Kirkland and our emcees Bridgit Stone-Budd and Ric Base as part of another event,” Kasten said. “They have been incredibly kind in showing their generous support for the Bailey’s Center and we are grateful to have them on board again this year.”
And all the BCMA businesses are getting in the holiday spirit.
“We’re excited for our second year serving Irish cream lattes at IrishFest,” said Renee Cutaia of the Coffee Bar @Bailey’s. “This is also our second year participating in the Shamrock campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and we’re trying to raise as much money as we can.”
Of course, it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a leprechaun, and this year Billy Kirkland, owner of Billy’s Rentals, will once again proudly serve as the BCMA’s IrishFest mascot.
“Where else can you so boldly celebrate St. Patty’s day than at Bailey’s Center — especially when a big green leprechaun will show up with a pot’o'gold hitched up to his Segway?” Kirkland said. “We’d like to extend an invitation to the community to come and join us. The adults can enjoy a green beer and have good time, while the kids get to have all kinds of fun and reach into my pot’o'gold for some treasure!”
“Billy has been very generous with his time and resources during all of our events and IrishFest is just another example of his tremendous support. We always look forward to having him there,” Kasten said.
In addition to Leprechaun Billy’s green beads and IrishFest souvenirs, the BCMA will sell “I love Sanibel” shamrock t-shirts throughout the entire event.
The 3rd annual BCMA IrishFest is free and open to the public from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Bailey’s Center, located at the corner of Periwinkle Way and Tarpon Bay Road. For more information, call 472-3400.
The Bailey’s Center Merchants’ Association is made up of Bailey’s General Store, Bailey’s True Value Hardware, Coffee Bar @Bailey’s, George & Wendy’s Corner Grill, Hillgate Communications, Island Cinema, Island Cleaners, Lily & Co. Jewelers, K O R Island Provisions, Nick’s Frozen Yogurt, Sanibel Barber Shop, Sanibel Shell Automotive, Select Vacation Properties, The Grog Shop and The Video Scene.
For more information about the BCMA, go to www.BaileysCenter.com
Seven dollars doesn’t stretch the way it used to — not in America, at least.
But in Africa, $7 can mean the difference between life and death, and one organization — the Mocha Club — is
Renee Cutaia of the Coffee Bar @Bailey’s joined the Mocha Club in 2007 after she went to a performance by Matt Wertz, one of the many musicians who support and promote the organization’s efforts at their concerts by hosting sign-up booths for recruiting new members.
Cutaia — who admits she was initially intrigued by the promise of a free Mocha Club t-shirt — was ultimately convinced when she learned that for just $7 a month she could help make a big impact in the lives of people suffering thousands of miles away. She’s been a member ever since.
Lady Antebellum — the band that recently won the coveted “Song of the Year” award at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards — is also a proponent of the Mocha Club, and stipulates that all of their donations go to education projects in South Africa.
But there are many categories that potential donors can select from, including child mothers and women at risk, clean water, education, HIV/AIDS and health care and orphan care.
There are also emergency causes — people suffering from HIV/AIDS, lack of clean water and relief for genocide survivors and refugees — that people can immediately make direct, one-time donations to.
But the beauty of Mocha Club is that to be a member, all it takes is $7 per month — or, roughly the cost of two mochas.
Mocha Club began when Director Barrett Ward was leading a trip of college students to Africa in 2004 and discovered a shared discontent among the students who felt frustrated with their perceived inability to make an impact in Africa. This inspired Ward to create a new model for charitable donations — especially for individuals who may not have a lot of money to spare.
“Even when I was in college and broke as a joke, the monthly $7 never affected me,” Cutaia said.
But it adds up.
That’s why Cutaia decided to pitch the idea of forming a special Coffee Bar @Bailey’s donation team to her fellow baristas.
“Of course I didn’t want to force them, but I wanted to introduce the concept to them,” Cutaia said, noting that when she told her co-worker Quinton Foshee about Mocha Club, he immediately signed up for his own account — and many other CB@B baristas are also jumping on board. “Everyone loved the idea of giving up our tips and spare change for Mocha Club and I think we’ve started a little fire. I also love that they’re taking the initiative to sign up as members on their own. It was something that we all wanted to do together as a staff, but you’d be surprised how fast that $7 adds up.”
Quinton Foshee and Renee Cutaia wearing their Mocha Club t shirts.
Funds raised by the CB@B team will go to support education, but Cutaia’s personal monthly donations support the cause she originally signed up for.
“Right now I’m supporting women at risk, but it’s really difficult to say that any one cause is more worthy than another,” Cutaia said — but she also supports other Mocha Club endeavors, including FashionABLE, a program that helps implement sustainable business opportunities for disadvantaged African women. “These women learn to make scarves to support themselves and I actually bought two of them, and they’re just beautiful. I always get compliments when I wear the FashionABLE scarves, and they’re coming out with new styles all the time. All of the Mocha Club programs are really cool — and it’s really easy to give. Every little bit helps.”
For more information on how to become a member of Mocha Club, Mocha Club programs and causes and for other ways to donate, go to www.themochaclub.org
The Coffee Bar @Bailey’s, located at 2477 Periwinkle Way inside of Bailey’s General Store on Sanibel Island, is open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
You’re probably asking yourself – what is a Groupon?
Groupon.com is a website that offers daily deals to anyone who signs up for their email notifications in that specific area or city. These “group coupons” are given a time limit and a certain number of people who must buy them before the site reads “The Deal is ON!”.
Last Monday, February 7th, Groupon.com featured the Coffee Bar @Bailey’s as their first coffee shop and first Sanibel business in the Southwest Florida area. The Coffee Bar offered a $10 voucher for only $5. This was featured in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral section of Groupon.com and was emailed to over 38,000 people who subscribe for our area.
Other deals in our area have included 60% off tickets to the Southwest Florida Symphony, half off tanning, and up to 90% off dining in the area.
In November 2008, Andrew Mason launched Groupon specifically to the Chicago area. The idea behind it; locals sign up, and were emailed daily deals that they buy – these “group coupons” that were offered for a local restaurant, shop, or service, and if enough people bought it, the company featured would honor this “Groupon”. Typically, companies offer 50% off (and anywhere up to 90% off) in order to promote themselves. The idea was so popular that is quickly spread to Boston, New York, LA, and numerous international cities, and of course most recently – Southwest Florida.
“As a business, it was a great promotion for us. With nearly 40,000 people getting these emails every day, you’re able to put your name out there” says Coffee Bar @Bailey’s Owner, Blanaid Colley. “We had an excellent response and even people from as far away as Minnesota who bought our Groupon”.
Signing up for Groupon is easy and costs nothing, but gives you access to daily deals for a variety of businesses. Additionally, seasonal residents can sign up for their hometown and for Fort Myers/Cape Coral to continuing to receive deals while their away. Most Groupons have a 6 month expiration date and can be redeemed at any time. For more information, visit www.groupon.com and sign up for the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area.
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