Reading Time: 2 minutes
Over the next couple of weeks, Huddle is curling up with a hot drink and sitting down with Uptown Saint John’s coffee shops to learn about the industry and business of coffee. Stay tuned for more stories like this from your favourite Saint John java slingers.
Painting studio and café The Art Warehouse was the latest coffee shop to open in Uptown Saint John, before the Covid-19 pandemic began and brought the world to a halt.
Owner Hazel Cochran says they were still getting word out about the café when the pandemic hit, less than a month after opening, in February 2020.
“It’s like any new business: you’re trying to grow that customer base and let people know that you’re here, but with the struggle of not being consistent and reduced hours because of staffing, not being open amid red phases and factoring in travel restrictions,” said Cochran.
The café has its regulars, mostly locals during the week and twice more customers on the weekend as more people arrive from outside the city. It’s also expanded patio seating during the summer, and the warm fall weather has helped boost customers.
However, the loss of cruise ship season and its tourists, the increase in people working remotely, and the CUPE strike and circuit breaker has cut into their uptown customer numbers.
“There’s a lot of people that were in the Uptown working that haven’t been in 2020 or 2021. And then there’s the customers like the high school students where it’s evolving and growing,” she said. “It’s been in a lot of ways like having faith in the community to be there to support us.”
The Art Warehouse’s storefront and owner Hazel Cochran (Image: Elizabeth MacLeod)
The Art Warehouse’s storefront and owner Hazel Cochran (Image: Elizabeth MacLeod)
The Art Warehouse’s easels(Image: Elizabeth MacLeod)
Originally, Cochran anticipated the Art Warehouse would do more painting sales than coffee sales, but instead it was the reverse–with coffee making up most of their business.
Learning the ins and outs of coffee was more complex than anticipated, but Cochran invested in a quality roaster provider and educated herself in the art of espresso to serve the highest quality coffee to her customers.
“It was a very interesting learning experience and really delicious because I had to drink too much coffee,” she said. “There were times when we were first opening and, because of training involved and a lot of finding that perfect shot, I would be here in the morning just always vibrating with too much espresso because I was always tasting it.”
Working with a fair-trade coffee provider was also imperative to the business, so it was an easy decision to work with Nova Scotia’s Just Us Coffee.
“When we met, it was just kind of an instant connection, we are on the same page environmentally, ethically, taste, and they were very nice people,” she said. “They’re very active in their community and also make sure that money is going where it should go.”
Cochran is planning more events, like artist-led paint nights and cocktail tastings, as more people get vaccinated and become more comfortable going out–but she is a bit nervous about the future.
“Uptown is growing, I’ve never seen so many cranes uptown,” she said. “It’s just trying to figure out how to how to keep on for another year, it’s just one day at a time.”
Lenny Kravitz wows at private party during Miami Art week – Rocky Mountain Outlook
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Legendary rocker Lenny Kravitz gave a private performance Friday for a star-studded crowd that included Leonardo DiCaprio and local Latin boy band CNCO during Miami’s Art Week.
The lavish party is an annual affair hosted by business mogul and art collector Wayne Boich. He and his wife also hosted a private dinner before the Richard Mille After Dark event at their waterfront estate. Venus and Serena Williams danced and sang along as Kravitz took the stage for a 75-minute concert as a yacht pulled alongside to hear the rocker.
“This ain’t a concert. We’re just hanging out,” the “Are You Gonna Go My Way,” singer said, pulling Boich onstage to dance.
Kravitz, who has lived on and off in Miami for years, is a regular during the prestigious Art Basel week and even displayed his photography during an exhibit in 2015, saying he was tired of always being the subject of photos and wanted to turn the camera around for a change.
The black-and-white collection, titled “Flash,” captured soulful photographs and people in their everyday environments.
After midnight, rapper T.I. surprised a crowd that included French Montana, “Transformers” actor Amaury Nolasco and NBA star Joakim Noah.
Even the “Live Your Life” rapper seemed impressed by the event, calling it an “extravagant party … and as the founder of trap music my expectations are high.”
The night ended with Hannah Bronfman’s husband DJ’ing as she and actress Karrueche danced.
In a week filled with over-the-top events, Boich’s parties have become a mainstay. It was canceled last year due to COVID, but guests at his 2019 party which included Floyd Mayweather, Dwyane Wade and Alesso, watched a performance by Wyclef Jean, a cameo from “Country Grammar” singer Nelly and an after-party show by rapper 2 Chainz.
Kelli Kennedy, The Associated Press
The best art books of 2021 – The Guardian
Art Museum on Market / Scenic Architecture Office – ArchDaily
Art Museum on Market / Scenic Architecture Office
Text description provided by the architects. The Xitang East Area under construction is the eastward expansion of the old town of Xitang, including nearly 100,000 square meters of tourist retail, hotel, visitor center and cultural facilities. After completion, it will become a new entrance at the northeast of the old town. Xitang East Area is divided by a river into two phases. As the key point of Phase Ⅱ, Building One locates at the southwest corner of the northern site, facing the river on the west and south sides to overlook the old town and adjoining the Phase Ⅰretail blocks on the other side of the river.
The old town of Xitang has strict urban planning requirements for the new buildings in the scenic area. In addition to the height limit, sloping roof, small blue-black tile, black-white & gray tone and wood color are all prerequisites for the design. What kind of program should be planned in the core area of the East Area riverfront? What kind of form-type should be used to meet the needs of function and establish its landmark while complying with the requirements of townscape? It is the answer to these challenges that dominate the entire design process.
The basic urban fabric of the pedestrian streets in East Area is the retail courtyard on the ground and first floor and gable-roof-house hotel courtyard on the second floor. On top of this “base color” are the special landmarks scattered in the area, such as the tourist center at the center, the Nijigen Activity Hall at the northeast corner, and the Naera Boutique Hotel PhaseⅡat the northwest corner. As one of these landmarks, Building One especially needs to attract people to stay and participate in long time purposed activities, thereby forming an agglomeration effect and becoming the highlight of the tourist experience in the entire eastern area. After thorough studies and discussions, a mixed function of market and art gallery became the consensus of the client and the design team, that is to create an open and flowing market space on the first floor to accommodate the organic farm market, creative bookstore, coffee shop, restaurant and hotel reception while create a multifunctional art gallery on the second floor to host exhibitions, forums and cocktail parties.
We translated the program and style regulations into the design commitment of space and image, which became the basis for the tectonic system. As per the obvious difference between the programs of the upper and lower floors, we continued the stacking pattern of frame and gable roof structure used in the pedestrian street, but reversed it upside-down with the gable roof structure at the bottom in order to acquire particularity with coordination.
The Chinese overhanging gable roof supported by the white gable wall is a traditional residential form-type in the southern Yangtze River Delta, and a single roof can be replicated continuously to cover a larger area. We extracted the structural form of Y-shaped columns from the geometry of the continuous gable wall to support the upside-down triangular truss roof, forming a linear unit with a width of 6.3 meters and a length of nearly 52 meters. The space in the truss is used to install MEP equipment, and a continuous undulating indoor space is formed under the truss. 6 linear units are connected parallel to form the roof covering the ground floor market, echoing the continuous ancient town settlements. The freely distributed Y-shaped columns ensure open and flowing space for the market, making sharable and flexible space possible for diversified functions. At the east and west ends, some of the Y-shaped columns are replaced by V-shaped gable walls with diagonal braces inside, which solve the seismic force and establishes a connection with the traditional gable walls with inverted slope.
The art gallery sits on the market, and if we had continued to use the language of gable roofs and unit settlements, we would easily achieve harmony in style, but it would be difficult then to provide the necessary landmark identity and large interior space. Therefore, we tried to construct a single, relatively abstract form to house a column-free space. The connection with tradition is no longer limited to the figurative form, but draws inspiration from wooden craftsmanship to pursue a more complete iconicity. In the end, we extracted the cross-bearing structure from the lantern craft of Xitang.
The big roof is about 30 meters long and 20 meters wide. 92 short glulam beams cross and bear with each other to form a slightly arched shell, which makes the large-span structure more reasonable and solves drainage of the roof with its slope simultaneously. The weight of the wooden roof is transferred to the surrounding wooden pillars through a ring of horizontal steel frame. The group of columns is composed of X-shaped oblique columns three-dimensionally composd by inter-inserted glulam poles. Providing continuous supports in both the vertical and horizontal dimensions, this column group has a strong resistance for lateral force. It not only bears the horizontal thrust of the arch roof beams and makes slender column size with a section of 160X160mm possible, but also provides side resistance for the glass curtain wall at the inner side of the column.
On the second floor, we concentrate the stair, elevator, large lifting platform and other equipment in a long box on the north side of the gallery to keep the purity of the main space. The outward folded floor-to-ceiling curtain wall is made of half- glazed glass with gradual fogging, and an adjustable membrane is set under the diamond-shaped skylight on the roof to offer the art gallery soft natural light during daytime, while the warm light can be shed at night, making it a glamorous “super lantern” in the east district of Xitang.
Should you use your investments to pay for school or fund a business? – CNBC
High River Cargill beef processing plant workers vote 71 per cent in favour of new deal – CTV Edmonton
Don’t exploit migrants for politics, pope says on Lesbos visit – Aljazeera.com
Silver investment demand jumped 12% in 2019
Europe kicks off vaccination programs | All media content | DW | 27.12.2020 – Deutsche Welle
Iran anticipates renewed protests amid social media shutdown
News16 hours ago
Omicron: Should you travel and what insurance will you need? – CTV News
Sports22 hours ago
FTB: The Maple Leafs are in Minnesota after a scuffle at practice – Pension Plan Puppets
Sports16 hours ago
Why Aaron Rodgers got away with a fine and three Buccaneers got banned – The Globe and Mail
Sports19 hours ago
Roughriders fans near and far ready to cheer on green and white during West Division final – CBC.ca
Tech21 hours ago
Save $150 on these noise-cancelling Sony headphones, along with more Best Buy Top Deals of the week – Yahoo Philippines News
News19 hours ago
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on Saturday – CBC.ca
Sports15 hours ago
Soccer-Man City take top spot after comfortable win at Watford
Tech17 hours ago
Save $150 on these noise-cancelling Sony headphones, along with more Best Buy Top Deals of the week – Yahoo Singapore News