Cafe facelift is finally coming together

I’ve thought about it a lot too, because sometimes it feels like you’re walking in sand, a whole lot of effort and nothing much to show, but then all the little steps I’ve been taking added up into my new counter top made of that beautiful cedar slab, and a smaller round cut of yew, as well as a bonus project of shelves built from old pallets I hung this week too.

1601206_229009687223127_1424495926_n 1902075_228990710558358_1113694120_nI also finally got a painting party together, so the walls are much brighter. Theres also new art, by Genni Delaquis, inspired by local scenes, I’ll leave the rest a surprise.

So the surroundings finally match the quality of foods found at Sammich, and everyday looking around puts a smile on my face. Now its time to hunker down and start expanding the menu though…

But first, a party! March 15th Sammich turns 1, and its come a long way from the first day, when I was terrified, but decided ready or not, I was opening shop. So come down on Saturday March 15th and theres bound to be some free cookies, some streamers & balloons and general good times to be had, oh and, tell your friends.


Rainy-day Adventures in the Cowichan Valley

Now that the fall is here, I’m working on revamping the interior of my cafe. I’ve got a bunch of ideas, just a lack of time, but I’ve started really trying to focus in my off time on doing little things all the time to work towards an eventual goal, so hopefully by Christmas, I’ll be well on my way.

I’m immensely proud of my crummy little spice rack I procured from Value Village and painted, with its new vintage-y spice shakers, it would make any DIY hipster proud. I picked up a peculiar little tiki-man napkin holder and painted it too… I like weird stuff like that.

Irvin Bahnmann of Bahnmann Timber, aka the guy with all those beautiful slabs of wood.

Irvin Bahnmann of Bahnmann Timber, aka the guy with all those beautiful slabs of wood.

In the Cowichan Valley, however, I found a fellow selling live edge slabs of lumber (oak, magnolia, plum, cedar, maple etc), and his prices were within my range. I had been nearly ready to give up on this idea of mine, quotes I had received were $250-$500 for an unfinished slab. I was kinda heart broken by this, started having ideas of acquiring a chainsaw and making my own slab… but then I did some further searching and emailing and met Irvin.

He has a great selection, and for $70 I picked up a slab of cedar, rough cut, but with one long straight edge already, and a live edge on the other side. It’s deep in colour, not the prettiest colour of cedar I’ve seen, but I wanted to stain it, and I’d have felt horrible covering up a beautiful marbled pattern like in some of the oak and maple he had. I don’t think he believed I’d get this big slab of wood into my car, but I did, paid the man, and off I went to show it off to my Grandpa.

Now I’m working on figuring out how to plane the thing….


Welcome to Sammich

We’re a lunch spot serving Sammiches (sandwiches), fresh baked goods made daily, soups from scratch, fair-trade organic Salt Spring Coffee, and freshly squeezed lemonade among other things.

We opened March 15, 2013, and this being the first cafe I’ve owned, I was terrified. I didn’t really expect that the day would ever actually come that everything would actually happen as it could, and I would have my own cafe. It’s not to say I wasn’t prepared, at least to some capacity, but it’s another story to invent yourself a job, and then try to perform it in front of people.

I just started piling samples on top of each other, and hiding them behind a picture.

I just started piling samples on top of each other, and hiding them behind a picture.

So now the cafe has been open for over 7 months, feedback on the food is very good, and now I’ve got a few goals on the horizon, namely expansion of my soup selection for lunch, including a meat soup variety, also made from scratch, so I’m looking for some good bones, and beautification of my shop.

I finally picked a colour I think, the pinkish one, its kinda more beige looking, really a very progressive and edgy colour…. I think this is the hardest decision I’ve made about the cafe so far.

I’m also ready to hang another menu board I’ve built out of spruce and painted with blackboard paint, and lastly, I’m staining a pallet I’m turning into a shelf and have every intention of hanging on my wall as well somehow, cause it definitely weighs a lot, and that will make it tricky.