The holiday season is upon us, and it is an entirely different challenge as a shop in the Haight. Where most business thrive between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it seems like a low traffic period for Haight & Ashbury. Our current theory is that this is because people come here to shop for themselves, not others. The Haight is full of vintage clothing and shoe stores, and people don't tend to give vintage clothes or shoes as gifts. We still have our loyal, core group (thank goodness), but we have noticed a dip since late November. Hopefully things will start picking up again at the beginning of January.
We are making our first forays into retail sales by offering customers some of the same specialty devices we provide here for certain drinks (such as french presses, the teapots we use, and mate gourds). The french presses seem to be a hit. The mate gourds are apparently a bit adventurous as gifts. It is quite a different part of the business from the coffee/espresso/tea thing, which we seem to have down pretty well now.
Sadly, our celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead's first concert was not the success we had hoped. Still, it was fun to hunt down some rare live recordings, including a short 1968 concert from right here on Haight Street, and our open mic MC Diamond Dave had some great first-hand accounts of being here on the scene when the Grateful Dead got started. We are going to try to publicize better and do another Grateful Dead event in January.
Hopefully we will do a little better keeping up with this blog. Apologies to those who have checked in and found nothing over the past month.
And Happy Holidays!